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Nürburgring, Pre-Race Paddock Notes

Good weather, big crowds, slower lap times

Current weather forecasts for the race suggest warm temperatures and just a 20% chance of any rain.

Despite heavy showers throughout the day most major grandstands on the pit straight were well filled for Saturday qualifying.

Aero Plans

Porsche have confirmed that they expect to retain their, new for the Nürburgring, aero kit for the remainder of the 2016 FIA WEC season with Toyota also looking set to follow suit. The Cologne-based squad expressing satisfaction for their race readiness despite a qualifying performance that saw the pair of TS050s failing to find themselves on the best rubber in the optimum weather conditions.

Audi too confirm that their current plan is to race for the remainder of the 2016 FIA WEC with the aero kit debuted here.

Nico Verdonck

2009 Formula Le Mans Champion Nico Verdonck is entered in the Porsche Sports Club Deutschland support race here in a PROsport Performance Cayman GT4 CS.  Comprehensively outgunned in the dry by the massed ranks of Porsche 911s in GT3 and Cup class configurations the Belgian took the little Cayman from 21st on the grid for Race 1 today up to 12th.

Tragic Accident on Nordschliefe

Local news reports here at the Nürburgring confirmed last night that a serious accident during Touristfahren laps on the Nordschliefe at around 6pm yesterday has very sadly caused two fatalities and left two others seriously injured. A car left the track and collided with two marshals attending to an earlier minor accident.  It is understood from the local reports that the fatalities were in the second car, both marshals suffered serious injuries. No personnel from the WEC paddock were involved.

New Track Configuration

The race meeting this year uses a different track configuration from last year’s first visit to the Nürburgring with the circuit using the slower version of the Veedol Chicane, the change principally introduced to prevent potential clashes at pit in.

The change could see race lap times increase for the LMP1s by c. 3 seconds in relation to last season, the faster chicane barely a braking area rather than the braking and acceleration zone that the slower chicane requires.