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Nürburgring: Saturday Paddock Notes

GTE Reg changes for Mexico, BT Sport adds HD Coverage and more

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Mexico-Specific GTE Regulation Change

The FIA released an amended set of regulations related to the 2016 and 2017 WEC season earlier this week.

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With regards to the 2016 season, some specific changes on GT cars aiming at improving cooling of engines, brakes, transmissions and electrical /electronic devices will be accepted for the 6 Hours of Mexico only.

Two Aero Kits Confirmed for 2017 LMP1

The FIA also finally confirmed in this set of regulations that LMP1 teams would only be allowed a maximum number of 2 homologated bodywork packages from the 2017 season onwards.

Only items for the purpose of tuning the cooling or the performance level of the car (such as an angle adjustment of a wing or a flap) can be modified within those packages. That’s likely to see the factory LMP1 teams running a single configuration of bodywork for almost all of the 6 hour races with a low drag second aero configuration for Le Mans (and possibly Spa).

Hatz Is Back (in the paddock)

Amongst the visitors to the Nurburgring paddock this weekend has been ex Porsche LMP1 programme boss Wolfgang Hatz.

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Hatz left the VW Group in the wake of the emissions scandal last year, he had previously been responsible for engine development across the group.

General Notes

On the support bill this weekend is the Classic Tourenwagen series with iconic DTM and STW Touring cars from the 1980s and 1990s and a handful of significant drivers from the period including Kurt Thiim and Volker Strycek.

A simply gorgeous (looking and sounding) Alfa Romeo 155 Ti V6 is joined on the grid by a Gaggle of Mercedes 190 DTM cars (in both Evo 1 and Evo 2 specs), a pair of Ford Sierra RS500s (plus an earlier Ford XR4 Ti, a variety of DTM E30 BMW M3s and a selection of SuperTouring era 2 litre Opels and BMWs!

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In the running for fastest laps in both Friday Free Practice sessions were two drivers who recently suffered significant accidents in Germany – Paolo Ruberti was a very welcome returnee to the #50 Larbre Competition fold after missing Le Mans following an accident at Hockenheim whilst driver coaching whilst Aston Martin Racing’s Nicki Thiim was lucky to escape injury after  huge crash on the Nordschliefe aboard the Koenigsegg One hypercar.

Germany’s three-time Olympic Champion, two-time World Champion and overall Alpine Skiing World Cup Champion Maria Höfl-Riesch will wave the green flag for the 6 Hours of the Nurburgring at 13h00 on Sunday.

BT Sport Added To Nürburgring

BT Sport have been added to the TV Channels taking live coverage of the race here, they will show the full 6 Hours lights to flag with commentary from John Hindhaugh and our very own Graham Goodwin in glorious HD!

There will be coverage too from Motors TV, Eurosport, and of course on the FIA WEC App.