The fallout from the tragic accident at the NÃ¼rburgring in the VLN1 race back in March has continued with the track’s owners, capricorn NÃ¼rburgring GmbH, deciding to extend the speed limits initially introduced for motorsport only to all Nordschleife track activites.
That means all Touristenfahrten days will have speed limits. All private track days will have speed limits. And all industry pool days will have speed limits.
Capricorn has still gone one step further by officially banning any new attempts at lap records. This statement was issued late last week:
“Following the tragic accident on 28 March 2015, the German motorsport association (DMSB) introduced speed limits for races at the NÃ¼rburgring. capricorn NÃœRBURGRING GmbH has decided to extend these speed limits to other activities on the Nordschleife, which is why record drives are currently not permitted on the NÃ¼rburgring Nordschleife,” said Carsten Schumacher, CEO of capricorn NÃœRBURGRING GmbH.
The VLN accident happened at the entry to the Flugplatz right hander where a Nissan GT-R got airborne over the Quiddelbacher Hohe “jump” and crashed into the crowd killing one spectator.
The image above was taken in late April looking at Quiddelbacher Hohe, with the entry to Flugplatz over the crest. Workers were modifying the fences around the spectator area ahead of the VLN2 race.
A 200km/h speed limit applies from Hocheichen to Flugplatz (all activities).
A 250km/h speed limit applies from Flugplatz to Schwedenkreuz (all activities).
The usual 90â€“50km/h speed limits apply on the approach to the Breidscheid Bridge track entry (TF only).
A 250km/h speed limit applies on the main DÃ¶ttinger Hohe straight, from the “gantry” to Antoniusbusche (all activities).
The initial introduction of speed limits for VLN competition, including the NÃ¼rburgring 24 hour race, was hoped to have been an introductory measure that was able to be brought in relatively quickly while a longer term solution was developed.
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