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1976 German GP: Art imitates life

Sunday, February 23rd, 2014

1976 German GP footage v Rush movie

Here’s a series of side-by-side animated GIFs comparing actual footage from Niki Lauda’s crash in the 1976 German GP with footage from Ron Howard’s movie Rush.

As you can see the Hollywood recreation is eerily accurate. The crash sequence from the movie can be seen after the break along with two more comparison sequences.

[Source: imgur via wtf1 | Thanks to Mick for the tip]


VIDEO: VLN6 highlights from Rent4Ring

Saturday, September 14th, 2013

VLN6 highlights from Rent4Ring

Dale Lomas, wearing his Rent4Ring hat, brought our attention to these highlights from the VLN race last month. And the Nürburgring is alive this weekend with the seventh VLN race out of 10 this year. To see what you’re missing out on take the jump and strap yourself in for a hairy ride!

For a deeper insight into VLN racing, check out the blog from Dale’s teammate Johan Sandberg over at Bridge to Gantry.


Some love for the Grand Prix circuit

Sunday, July 7th, 2013

2013 German Grand Prix

As a rule the Nürburgring grand prix track is often criticised for lacking the soul and charms of its longer Nordschleife sibling. Indeed, when asked about the GP circuit Sabine Schmitz told us, “I hate it!”

We understand a modern grand prix circuit can never hope to match challenges posed by the 20.8km Green Hell. Yet, to us, it has always looked like a fun place to race. The climb up the hill from Turn 7 to Turns 13 and 14 (Dunlop curve to NGK chicane), especially.

So it was a wry smile we enjoyed the answers given by Mark Webber (Red Bull) and Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes AMG) when they were asked for their thoughts on the GP track after qualifying for tonight’s 2013 German Grand Prix.

Mark Webber, who won his first grand prix at the Nürburgring in 2009, said, “It’s a beautiful little circuit for us to still drive on so I think all the guys enjoy driving here.”

While Lewis Hamilton, winner here in 2008 and 2011, added, “It’s a fantastic circuit, one of the classics and it hasn’t lost that feel of an old classic circuit.”

You can read their full comments after the break.

[Pics: Red Bull/Getty Images & Mercedes AMG]


Bernie Ecclestone prepared to help Nürburgring

Friday, July 20th, 2012

Bernie Ecclestone

Amidst the general tales of woe and bankruptcy the chances of seeing the German Grand Prix return to the Nürburgring in 2013 have been given a boost thanks to an offer of assistance from Bernie Ecclestone.

Eccelstone has agreed to waive the usual race sanction fee to ensure the Nürburgring is on the 2013 F1 calendar. But, in a typically shrewd move, Bernie wants the right to claim all the revenue from the race in return.

Speaking to Auto Bild, Ecclestone said, “We will do everything that is commercially feasible to keep it [the German GP]. Hopefully in Hockenheim and the Nürburgring.”

However, that’s no guarantee for the Ring. “If it’s not possible, we will talk to Hockenheim to see if they can do it,” Ecclestone added.

[Source: WCF | Pic: Red Bull/Getty Images]

VIDEO: Porsche Carrera Cup battle

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

Porsche Carrera Cup battle

Here, from a worm’s eye view, is an awesome battle for position during a Porsche Carrera Cup event held over the 24 hour race weekend. The video takes us on a white knuckle ride for a full lap of the Nordschleife. We know you’re gonna like this one, so sit back and enjoy the ride.


Nürburgring seeking new 10 year F1 contract

Saturday, May 26th, 2012

2011 German Grand Prix

Management at the Nürburgring hopes to sign a new contract to extend their rights to host Formula One races. Currently the German Grand Prix alternates between the Nürburgring and Hockenheim, where the race will be held this year. A 10 year deal is on the table, which would mean at least five more races would be held at the Nürburgring.

Controversial track operators Kai Richter and Jorg Lindner say they have been involved in four difficult meetings with Bernie Ecclestone to see that F1 continues at the Ring.

Linder says the outcome is “very attractive” but adds the deal needs to be signed off by June, “Otherwise, Formula One could be gone [from the Nurburgring] for many, many years.”


Onboard with Nick Heidfeld in McLaren GT3

Monday, May 7th, 2012

Nick Heidfeld, Gemballa Racing McLaren GT3

There’s now less than two weeks to go until the 2012 Nürburgring 24 hour race. And we reckon this video is just the thing to help get you right in the mood for a day at the Green Hell.

Nick Heidfeld is at the wheel of the Gemballa Racing McLaren MP4-12C GT3. The footage was filmed at the recent VLN race in late April and starts with some action around the track and pitlane before settling in for a full lap of the GP track and Nordschleife.

One thing is clear, these McLarens have some poke!

Heidfeld and his mates finished the race in sixth position. Soon afterwards Gemballa Racing confirmed the former F1 ace would be competing for them in the 24 hour race.


VIDEO: Niki Lauda’s crash recreated for ‘Rush’

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

Niki Lauda's crashed recreated for Rush

Dale from Bridge to Gantry was on scene yesterday to record some genuine behind the scenes footage of the Ron Howard movie Rush. Watch the clip after the break.

Concentrating on the dramatic 1976 Formula One season, and the battle between Lauda and James Hunt for the world championship, Lauda’s crash will no doubt be central to the movie’s action.

Rush stars Australian actor Chris Hemsworth in the James Hunt role and is due for release in 2013.

For more on Lauda’s game-changing accident, which ended F1 racing on the Nordschleife, check out our previous AUSringers article from 2008.

[Source: PistonHeads]

UPDATE 3 October 2013: A behind the scenes preview about this sequence from Rush has been added below.


Onboard with the Audi R8 LMS at Bathurst

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

Christopher Mies driving the Audi R8 LMS around Mount Panorama

Following their successful defence at the Bathurst 12 Hour race on the weekend, Audi Australia has teamed up with Team Phoenix Racing to bring us this in-car footage from Saturday morning qualifying. Christopher Mies is at the wheel. The first lap is a slow warm-up, thankfully, as Mies gets a close look at a couple of our national wildlife icons. After that enjoy the ride as the V10 powered R8 LMS carves up the mountain.

The video gives those not familiar with the Mount Panorama circuit a good introduction as to what the spectacular 6.2km track is like. As with watching videos of filmed at the Nürburgring it doesn’t really offer a full appreciation of the rise and fall of the circuit, at their steepest, they are more dramatic than the Ring.

Like the Nordschleife anyone can drive around Mount Panorama and it’s free! However, there are a number of residences, hotels and wineries which are accessed from the track so a 60km speed limit is in force and regularly patrolled by the local police. Traffic also flows in both directions so opportunities to drive the track at serious speed are limited to closed track sessions.


2012 Bathurst 12 Hour race

Sunday, February 26th, 2012

The Bathurst 12 Hour race is the closest thing we have to the Nürburgring 24 hour here in Australia. So much so that Black Falcon and Phoenix Racing are currently down under enjoying our inclement weather.

Dominik Farnbacher and Allan Simonsen are also here racing a Ferrari 458 GT3. Indeed, during the opening stages of the race, when it was dry, Simonsen posted the fastest race lap ever around Mount Panorama with a time of 2:06.33.

You can watch the action on the live stream above and check in at AUSmotive for more updates via our website and twitter feed.

An inside look at the Porsche Carrera World Cup

Thursday, February 16th, 2012

2011 Porsche Carrera World Cup, Nurburgring Nordschleife

In 2011 the largest Porsche 911 race ever held took place as support to the Nürburgring 24 hour race. Craig Baird, a Kiwi we like to call Australian, was invited along as drivers from around the globe arrived in Nürburg to compete.

Now the official Porsche YouTube channel takes us behind the scenes speaking to racers from Great Britain, including well known motoring journo Chris Harris who raced for Porsche in the 2010 N24.

You can check out the clip after the break.


On-board with a BMW Alpina B6 GT3 in VLN race

Sunday, November 6th, 2011

BMW Alpina B6 GT3

Strap yourself in for some awesome on-board camera footage filmed at the final VLN race for 2011. The video is from the #33 BMW Alpina B6 GT3 and provides a great insight into the start of a big race at the Ring. After the break you can see the full opening lap, the sights and sounds are simply magnificent!

[Thanks to Thomas for the tip]