Plan­ning a trip to the world’s most chal­leng­ing race­track? Here’s how to make the most of it

Evo India - - NÜRBURGRIN­G AT 90 -

PETER DUMBRECK Pro­fes­sional rac­ing driver, EV lap record holder (6:45.90, Nio EP9)

1 If you’re a novice, why de­stroy your own car? Hire one in­stead. Get a coach, too – you’ll progress quicker.

2 Set your own pace. Learn the track a few cor­ners or a sec­tion at a time.

3 Sim­u­la­tors can short­cut the process a lot, whether that’s at home on the PlayS­ta­tion or some­where pro­fes­sional like Base Per­for­mance.

4 Whether rac­ing there or do­ing an or­gan­ised track­day, at first just aim to sur­vive. It’s so easy to push too hard and make a mis­take, and the penalty for go­ing off is big.

5 Traf­fic is the hardest thing at the Ring. You’ll al­ways have driv­ers of dif­fer­ent abil­i­ties. Try to stay cool.

RON SI­MONS RSRNur­burg.com, Nür­bur­gring track­day and car hire spe­cial­ist

1 Come with the right mind­set and leave your ego at home.

2 The third di­men­sion [the ver­ti­cal el­e­ment] is noth­ing like what any pic­ture or video will show you and it is responsibl­e for many hor­rific ac­ci­dents.

3 PlayS­ta­tion and Xbox cer­tainly help. How­ever, the real thing is not only very dif­fer­ent but it also doesn’t take pris­on­ers. There’s no restart but­ton in real life.

4 Re­mem­ber: on any other track, driv­ing over the limit makes you slower; driv­ing over the limit at the Nür­bur­gring makes you crash!

5 The in­fa­mous tourist ses­sions [Touris­ten­fahrten] can be great value for money. If you have the re­quired skill for the wet then come and drive in the off-sea­son pe­riod since there’s al­most no traf­fic, and no bikes.

DAR­REN LANGEVELD des­ti­na­tion-nur­bur­gring.com, Nür­bur­gring track­day spe­cial­ist

1 Know who’s run­ning the event. There are many web­sites pass­ing off track­days as their own, and stan­dards across Europe vary, so al­ways check the date you’ve seen against the of­fi­cial nuer­bur­gring.de web­site to see who the or­gan­iser re­ally is.

2 Know the Nord­schleife be­fore you go. To get good value from a track­day you re­ally need to have some real-life knowl­edge. Hav­ing some pub­lic Touris­ten­fahrten ses­sions un­der your belt will help.

3 Ring track­days aren’t ex­pen­sive when you con­sider you can eas­ily achieve 30 laps on a well-run event.

4 Pre­pare your car be­fore you go. Sounds ob­vi­ous, but you’d be amazed how many folk don’t think about the ba­sics.

5 Know your own lim­its. The Nord­schleife is an amaz­ing place to spend time and we’re all en­thu­si­asts. Track­days are fun, no doubt about it, but try to keep a safety mar­gin; drive at



Deputy edi­tor, evo

1 Need fuel? Go to the ED-Tankstelle on the B258 down from the main en­trance and not only get some su­per unleaded, but also a model of a Group C Porsche. Your wal­let has been of­fi­cially warned.

2 Don’t go the bor­ing au­to­bahn way, al­ways cut across via Spa Fran­cor­champs. The at­mos­phere is in­cred­i­ble and there’ll of­ten be some­thing go­ing around at Spa.

3 Take some time out to spec­tate: it’s easy to get to the large Brün­nchen view­ing area, and there’s usu­ally plenty of ac­tion there.

4 Head to the Pis­ten­klause restau­rant in the evening and ad­mire the awe­some Ring mem­o­ra­bilia while cook­ing your own steak on a scald­ing hot stone.

5 Stop at the Meuspath in­dus­trial es­tate – it’s home to some in­ter­est­ing race out­fits and car mak­ers, so there’s al­ways lots to see, in­clud­ing the odd pro­to­type.

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