An Australian view on the Nürburgring Nordschleife

Yeah, that was pretty close

August 4th, 2015 Posted in BMW, Renault, Touristenfahrten, Video | No Comments »

Renault Megane RS near miss, August 2015

Driving around the Ring on a busy public day has it’s fair share of risk, we all know that. With so many drivers on the track accidents do happen. Sometimes, though, like this yellow Renault Megane RS, you get away with it. Just.

Be careful out there!

[Source: BTG]

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Another look at the 1967 German Grand Prix

July 29th, 2015 Posted in Australia, Nurburgring history, Video | 2 Comments »

1967 German Grand Prix

Way back when AUSringers started we featured some clips on the 1967 German Grand Prix. Let’s take another look at that race in this six-minute video that really takes us back to a time when the track was barely recognisable as the Nordschleife we know and cherish today.

Also unrecognisable is a podium featuring an Aussie and two Kiwis!

1967 German Grand Prix

  1. Denny Hulme (Repco-Brabham)
  2. Jack Brabham (Repco-Brabham)
  3. Chris Amon (Ferrari)

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A look at the Nürburgring from 1955

July 23rd, 2015 Posted in Nurburgring history, Video | No Comments »

Geoff Duke drives the Nurburgring in 1955

Geoff Duke was a multiple world championship motorbike rider who achieved his success in the 1950s. Here, he takes us for a lap of the Nürburgring on four wheels ahead of the 1955 German Motorcycle Grand Prix, which he duly won.

Forget the most obvious changes, such as the lack of armco, just look at how dodgy the tarmac is in places!

[Thanks to Tiaan & Obi for the tips]

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VIDEO: Nordschleife wet lap guide for FWDs

July 22nd, 2015 Posted in Seat, Touristenfahrten, Track guides, Video | 1 Comment »

Dale Lomas shows his wet lines for FWDs around the Nurburgring

Have you got a front-wheel drive car and don’t know the best lines to take on a wet Nürburgring Nordschelife? If so, Dale Lomas is your friend. Check out his video below, filmed onboard in his new Seat Leon ST Cupra wagon, explaining where the grip is, just as importantly, where the grip isn’t.

If you’re new to the Ring, remember, guys like like Dale have countless hours of experience on this track. If you find yourself driving in the wet for your first laps of the Nordschleife drive well within your limits.

Even with Dale’s experience and track knowledge he found himself fighting the wheel more than once as he discovered the grip he was expecting wasn’t always there.

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Day 1 for every new car should include a TF lap

July 20th, 2015 Posted in Seat, Touristenfahrten, Track guides, Video | No Comments »

Dale Lomas with his new Seat Leon ST Cupra 280

Dale Lomas from Bridge to Gantry just bought himself a new car. And, as you would, on day one of ownership he took it out on the Nordschleife for a spin. Well, he doesn’t literally spin his new car, of course.

The car in question is a Seat Leon ST Cupra 280 estate. Very cool on two fronts: one because it’s a fast euro estate (the coolest cars on the planet) and two because it’s a funky Seat, which we don’t get here in Australia.

Oh yeah, that Harry’s Lap Timer setup seems pretty cool too, even advising of a yellow flag via the mobile phone app.

Settle in and enjoy the lap.

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Chris Harris and the Aston Martin GT12

July 6th, 2015 Posted in 24 hour race, Aston Martin, Video | 1 Comment »

Chris Harris, Aston Martin GT12, 2015 Nurburgring 24 hour race

Chris Harris and his cameraman Neil Carey take us deep into the world of the 2015 Nürburgring 24 Hour race. The star of the show is the production-based Aston Martin GT12.

“Watching a car being driven fast around here is one of the great spectator experiences,” claims Harris.

I believe him.

I’m yet to watch an N24, but I have seen cars be tested within an inch of their life during Industry Pool sessions. It is a pleasure to watch. Witnessing a grid full of GT3 cars fighting for every inch of tarmac would be awe inspiring.

Enjoy this clip. It’s a good one. And how awesome does that GT12 sound!

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MINI JCW GP2 v Porsche Cayman GT4

June 24th, 2015 Posted in MINI, Porsche, Touristenfahrten, Video | 1 Comment »

MINI JCW GP v Cayman GT4

Amid the uncertainty of the speed limit extensions it’s nice to see you can still have some fun during a TF session. Here we see a MINI JCW GP lapping in a respectable BTG time of 8 minutes 25 seconds. Along for the ride is a Porsche Cayman GT4.

[Thanks to Tiaan for the tip]

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