NLS Preliminary dates 2021 set - Stephani: "Full speed ahead".

NLS Preliminary dates 2021 set - Stephani: "Full speed ahead".

12.11.2020: Last weekend would have been the season finale of the Nürburgring Endurance Series. However, due to measures to contain the Corona pandemic, the VLN district administration refused to grant permission for the event. Now the organisation behind the Nordsch

Last weekend would have been the season finale of the Nürburgring Endurance Series. However, due to measures to contain the Corona pandemic, the VLN district administration refused to grant permission for the event. Now the organisation behind the Nordschleife championship is looking ahead.



In an interview, Christian Stephani, managing director of VLN VV GmbH & Co. KG, gives an outlook on the year 2021 and the provisional schedule.



Christian, even if we primarily want to look ahead, what is your conclusion about the 2020 season?


The 2020 season was a rollercoaster of emotions! We have put a lot of energy into racing under the difficult conditions. We have succeeded in this. It was a good feeling when the first race took place in June and everything worked perfectly despite all the prophecies of doom. We then completed five races and experienced the great sport we are used to.


There was a lot of positive feedback, especially from the participants, who praised our efforts. In the end, we were unable to run the last three races due to the high level of uncertainty caused by the increased number of infections in the Ahrweiler district and the final lack of permission from the authorities.



And also our award ceremony and our appearance at the Essen Motor Show could not take place in the usual manner. That is a pity. But now we are looking ahead. The motto for the coming months is "Full speed ahead".



Award ceremony is a good keyword. You have come up with something.



We'll turn the award ceremony on 4 December into a livestream event, where fans can be there for the first time. We will personally honour some of the participants with hygiene measures, others we will add by video.



This will be an entertaining format at prime time on Friday evening, where we want to give teams and drivers a stage. You can look forward to one or two surprises.




And the Essen Motor Show?


We will also find solutions here - at least for the communication with our teams. After all, apart from the presentation of our series for the fair public, the personal contact with our participants is one of the most important points for us at the Essen Motor Show. We will be available for discussions with all the important responsible persons of the VLN for the interested teams. Whether in person or by video call.

 

What is there to report for the 2021 season?


The provisional 2021 schedule has been drawn up and we are working flat out on the invitation to tender. We don't have to change much, because the Nürburgring Long Distance Series is already very, very good in its current form. Here and there we will adjust small things. Besides, we can already announce that there will be a double header in 2021 as well. Born out of necessity, the format has been very well received.



"Do you know what the best thing is? We don't need to cut down right away", a participant wrote shortly before the end of the race on Saturday in the VLN Team Messenger App. He was right. Even though no big party could take place in the paddock due to contact restrictions, the atmosphere was very relaxed. Furthermore, there are logistical advantages for teams and drivers, which also leads to a reduction of costs.




BMW recently presented the new BMW M2 CS Racing Cup. But there is more to come ..
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We are very happy that BMW is making a breakthrough with the new M2 Cup. There has been really great sport in the BMW classes over the past years, three times it was the master class. KTM also presented the new X-BOW GTX. Also a fantastic car, which will certainly be on display next year. For this we are working together with KTM on the realisation.



And there's also news on the test drives and set-ups that take place on the Friday before the races ...


The VLN takes over the second block of the set up drive in the late afternoon, during which many teams have carried out taxi rides with guests. Unfortunately, these taxi rides were not possible in the 2020 season due to the Corona regulations. As we assume that there will still be restrictions next year due to the Corona pandemic, we are already working on a hygiene concept to make taxi rides feasible.


Provided that we are approved for taxi rides, we will in future probably drive until 7 pm on Friday evenings, so that our teams have three hours to bring the fascination of the Nordschleife closer to their guests. In front of this block with "taxi rides", normal sessions on the GP circuit short connection and, in the case of selected races, on the complete VLN variant will serve as preparation for the race.



But there is not only real motorsport, but also simracing. How does it go on here?


On 28 November the digital Nürburgring Endurance Series will be back on track. After the great success this season, we are sticking to the concept. However, in future we will be starting full speed ahead as a winter series, which is intended to bridge the race-free period. After the start of the season in November, another race will follow every month until March.


So in future we will be able to report on the Nürburgring Endurance series for 12 months. Even though Corona was the initial spark for our digital format, we enjoyed Simracing as much as our participants. So we are sticking to it.




Preliminary dates 2021 at a glance


20.03. – Probe- und Einstellfahrt
27.03. – 66. ADAC Westfalenfahrt
17.04. – 46. DMV 4-Stunden-Rennen
01.05. – 63. ADAC ACAS Cup
26.06. – 52. Adenauer ADAC Rundstrecken-Trophy
10.07. – 61. ADAC Reinoldus-Langstreckenrennen
11.07. – 44. RCM DMV Grenzlandrennen
11.09. – ROWE 6h ADAC Ruhr-Pokal-Rennen
25.09. – 53. ADAC Barbarossapreis
09.10. – 45. DMV Münsterlandpokal





- KS Media - translated deepl  photos VLN

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