Regulation changes for 2016
There will be a number of regulation changes in the VLN championship for 2016, aiming to ensure the continuation of the championship and react to the current problems at and around the Nürburgring.
VLN chief representative Karl Mauer clarifies: “I think that we are well on the right track. Changes from year to year, this is finally also an ongoing process. I do, however, currently not see any point which would put us in danger to stumble or even to crash.” In the season 2016, the unloved slow-zones as well as some classes will for example be cancelled. One cup will be added and the entry fees will be reordered.”
Last year there were 27 classes in the VLN, but a few had either a couple of entries, or none at all. Because of this, the SP1 class will be removed, and all cars which are not running on petrol will be classified in class AT.
Changes will also be applied in group H which figures four different classes. Whilst cars built up to the year 2005 were so far eligible in this category, the now admitted cars may have been built up to the year 2008. However, group H which is designed as a pool for vehicles which are no longer eligible in other classes due to their expired homologation, remains under consideration.
Regarding cost level, amongst others the entry fees play quite a significant role. The scale of fees has been reorganised for the 2016 season. The entry fees for the lowest category, the newcomer level, has for example been reduced from 650 euros to 600 euros. And the fee for vehicles in the two litre turbo class comes down from 1,000 euros to only 600 euros.
This change shall be intensified for races four, five and six. Those races typically attract fewer entries as they are the ones that follow the Nürburgring 24 Hours. For these races, the entry fees will be half for newcomers in the categories which require 600 euros and 1,000 euros.
In order to equalize the lower revenues generated in the smaller classes, the participants in the categories with higher entry fees will have to pay a little more.
“We have spoken with many team managers and asked them how much they are paying for the participation in a four hour race,” comments Mauer. “At a rough estimate and based on this investigation, we can say that in all categories the entry fees will in future come up to approximately ten percent of the total costs.”
The entry fee category of 1,200s euro for example will for the year 2016 be increased to 1,500 euro. For the most expensive vehicles, the GT3 cars, the due entry fees calculated on basis of the participation costs would be about 4,000 to 5,000 euros. These competitors will, however, have to pay only 3,500 euro for a single entry.
Regular participants will thus have the possibility to submit a block entry for all ten VLN races and pay the fee of 30,000 euros in total. These teams will moreover receive a discount of 1,000 euros for each race in which they have participated in 2015.
“If a team has competed in all races in 2015,” explains Mauer. “It will hence have to pay only 20,000 euro entry fees for all the races in 2016. Any this would be only 5,000 euro in excess of the previous annual entry fees.”
The other big changes come in the form of the Nürburgring circuit itself. The slow-zones will be taken away, with work currently underway on the circuit to complete the agreed safety measures at several points.
Glickenhaus return to Nürburgring 24 Hours with an updated P4/5C M
A fan-favourite from this season will be returning. American racing team Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus (SCG) will once again race the latest specification of its unique P4/5 C M in one of the most challenging motor races in the world, when it competes in the 2016 Nürburgring 24 Hours.
The 2016 version of the P4/5C M that will race at the Nürburgring next year in the EXP2 class has been designed and built by M.A.T. (Manifattura Automobili Torino): the same company that designed and built the striking SCG003C, which will also be racing at the Nürburgring 24 Hours. Heading up M.A.T. is Italian engineer Paolo Garella, who developed the Ferrari P4/5 by Pininfarina in his previous role as Special Project Manager at Pininfarina.
The cars will be run by Traum Motorsport: a team that was specifically created to run the official Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus entries in endurance racing. Traum Motorsport offers a full service to those wishing to drive the SCG003C as a private entrant, as well as other cars.
Drivers for the Nürburgring 24 Hours, which takes place from May 26-29, are yet to be announced.
As a warm-up for the Nürburgring 24 Hours, the P4/5C M will also contest selected rounds of next year’s VLN championship, which again takes place on the Nordschleife. Full details of the programme will be revealed in due course.