We’ve already reported on the track and spectator area works currently underway at the Nurburgring to implement the range of safety measure necessary for the temporary restrictions placed on the Nordschleife to be removed, this following the fatal accident in March at VLN 1 where a car became airborne and ended up in a spectator area.
Beyond that work, and emerging from a number of working groups established by the German motorsport governing body DMSB, there are further measures to come including a number of changes in the driving regulations including the list of ‘punishable offences’ and changes to the “Nordschleife driving license” (DMSB Permit Nordschleife, DPN).
“The package has now been adopted is based on a process in which many experts participated,” says DMSB President Hans-Joachim Stuck. “The technology and the DMSB Regulations specialists have cooperated with the racetrack operators, production and racing organizers, representatives of the Safety Officer at the Nürburgring, driver representatives and vehicle manufacturers to incorporate a lot of expertise and at the same time to find a large consensus. We succeeded, and for this great commitment I thank all those involved. We now have a broad base for the implementation of decisions, although of course not all the suggestions from the various working groups have been realized 100 percent. The DMSB stands for safe and fair motorsport – and we are sure to achieve this through the implementation of the comprehensive package of measures for the Nordschleife in the future “.
In the working group for representatives of car manufacturers, the technical experts of the DMSB looked particularly at the performance of the fastest GT cars.
In the classes SP7, SP-9 / GT3, SP and SP Pro-X, the engine output is reduced by ten percent compared to the beginning of the 2015 season.
There are aero restrictions too. 2015th including air intakes in the front wheel arches and the setting of a minimum ground clearance.
Tire manufacturers in these top classes must register with the DMSB and commit themselves to refrain from development tires.
DMSB President Stuck: “The manufacturer of GT3 vehicles and most suppliers of the tire industry have understood that they must also contribute to the fact that the lap times are not fast by a few seconds in each year. Not later than the terrible accident last year has shown that a limit had been reached. From the analysis of the accident, we all have, incidentally, also thanks to various simulation models of car manufacturers, learned. Now it must be everyone. drivers, manufacturers, tire industry, racetrack operators and DMSB, jointly implement “.
On the driver licensing front there will be clearer definition of those permitted to race.
The DPN will continue to have two stages (A and B), conferring the right to participate with cars of different performance classes (Level B: more than 4,5 kg vehicle weight / horsepower, Level A: less than 4.5 kg / hp).
To reach Level B pilots in the future must participate in a minimum number of performance tests in the Circuit Challenge Nürburgring (RCN) or in a DPN-driver course.
In both cases, important basic knowledge must be acquired through the completion of e-learning lessons of the DMSB Academy.
A DBN stage B holder can apply for DPN stage A if they have driven a minimum number of races (VLN / 24h Qualifiers race). Participation in the 24-hour race is reserved riders with DPN stage A.
The new penalties imposed for violations concern, in particular, the correct behaviour in dangerous situations. From the yellow on the double yellow flag to a “code 60” zone is considered a future three-tier system, pilots who exceed the maximum speed in these zones, threatening serious sanctions. In addition to time penalties This can range in severe cases may lead to withdrawal of the DPN and an appearance at a sporting tribunal.
The DMSB will also compile a central register to identify both serious violations and offending drivers.
The new penalty system will also be supplemented by better training and education. Mandatory e-learning modules are being prepared to assist applicants with the DPN Level A.
In addition VLN drivers need to refresh their expertise before the first participation in a VLN race at an annual knowledge test.
The measures will be implemented through sporting and technical regulations as well as tenders.