Eurosport Events has signed a three-year contract with the organisers of the Nurburgring 24 hour race, ADAC Nordrhein, which will see a World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) event take place on the legendary Nordschleife from 2015.
Eurosport Events is the owner and operater of the WTCC and will change the format of the series for the race, which will take place on the 25.378 kilometre circuit used to stage the Nurburging 24 hour endurance event - it is a combination of the new Grand Prix circuit at the Nurburgring and the Nordschleife.
“The race at the Nordschleife will definitely be a highlight of the season,” said François Ribeiro, chief operating officer of Eurosport Events.
WTCC drops Brazil for Argentina“To tackle this monument of car racing history, we asked FIA to revise the sporting regulations for that event. The idea is to held one single 120km race, with one pit stop. The details of this particular format will be worked out between FIA, Eurosport Events and teams before the next FIA Touring Car Commission. Then a proposal will be submitted for approval to the FIA World Motor Sport Council. WTCC drivers are all excited about this idea.”
The race will run as a support to the Nurburgring 24 hours from 2015. The 2014 edition of the 24 hours takes place this weekend.
"With this deal, ADAC Nordrhein also demonstrates that we are keeping on developing the 24h race for the future to make it even more attractive for the fans, media and partners," said Walter Hornung, the sports director of ADAC Nordrhein.
The 2015 race will mark the WTCC's return to Germany. Oschersleben hosted the series from 2005 to 2011.