THIS WEEK This week we arrive in Germany at the legendary Nordschleife, also known as the Nϋrbϋrgring. This daunting circuit is comprised of 154 turns, including the legendary Carousel and Mini Carousel corners. To give drivers an idea of its length, the fastest lap – set by Stefan Bellof in WEC in 1983 – is 6 minutes, 11 seconds. We will be running a two-hour Endurance race around this iconic venue this week! THE CIRCUIT The Circuit is an incredible sight, 154 corners, 12.93 miles, long straights and blind corners; it is the most iconic and deadly race venue there is. The track is incredibly hard to remember, because of the massive amount of turns, bumps and crests. The sheer length of the lap is incredible too; a GT3 class car is lucky to scrape a lap time under eight minutes. As well as being an incredible facility for racing, the Nordschleife is a venue that has taken many egos, and many lives too! ‘The Ring’ claims the lives of anywhere between 3 and 12 lives per year, and over the years has claimed over 200 lives. A famous crash in the circuit’s history was the huge fireball that was Niki Lauda’s Ferrari; somehow he managed to return to racing in the same season. Below is the track map for this insane venue: · 154 Corners · 12.93 miles (20.81km) · Absolute Lap Record: 6:11.13 – Stefan Bellof (WEC) PRESS CONFERENCE Q: How do you prepare for such a gruelling event as this one? Q: Who will be the first retirement? Q: Is there any way of knowing every inch, bump, turn, crest and corner on this circuit? Q: Will you prioritise top speed for the massive straights, or corner speed?