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Nürburgring 24 Hours Set To Run Behind Closed Doors

Safety first for delayed enduro, Industry partners establish fund to offset cost of fan-free event

The ADAC TOTAL 24 Hours of the Nürburgring is set to go ahead from 24/27 September but without spectators on site.

Race director Walter Hornung: “It goes without saying that all the members of the organiser circle are happy that we will be able to hold the race at all.

“Unfortunately we will have to do without our loyal fans,” Hornung adds. “And we will miss them a lot as there is no other motor-racing event worldwide where the spectators represent a similarly significant factor as they do in the 24h Race. In the past, they always made for a truly unique ambience all around the Nordschleife.”

ADAC Nordrhein Chairman, Peter Meyer: “Offering the teams and drivers a prospect was of enormous importance for us. And now we succeeded in doing so.”

An important factor on the way to the realisation of the event was the fact that Audi, BMW, Mercedes-AMG and Porsche, the Nürburgring 1927 GmbH & Co. KG and marketing partner SPORTTOTAL, tyre manufacturers Falken and Michelin as well as Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus have all taken a stake in a joint fund that will cushion the higher financial risks of the race.

“Due to the lack of spectator revenues and the extra costs caused by the pandemic situation we had to cope with a major short-term financial effort,” explained Mirco Hansen, head of the organisation. “The 24h Race will represent a massive financial expense for us. The partners involved in this fund have made an extremely important contribution when it comes to cushioning a part of this expense and ensuring the realisation of the race. Therefore, we have to thank them to the max.”

Double promise for Fans

ADAC Nordrhein has guaranteed that if ticket holders wish to defer attendance until 2012 their 2020 tickets will be valid, or a refund can be issued.

And race organisers re working with the host broadcaster RTL Nitro to ensure that a full free-to-air TV package, together with non-geo-blocked video streaming, race ticker and live timing will be available.