Year by year, the 18 drivers charging around the 2.3-kilometer track in the heart of Nuremberg in spectacular style thrill the crowds to the max. More than 250km/h on the straights, extreme braking for the hairpins, absolutely precise steering along the walls behind the stone grandstand, racing that fascinates the drivers again and again.
A statement that applies in particular to Marco Wittmann who was born just a stone’s throw away, near the track. The BMW driver won the Saturday round at Budapest two weeks ago and holds fifth position in the championship with 51 points on his tally. To date, Wittmann already finished fourth (twice), fifth (once) and sixth (twice) in Nuremberg. This year he wants to up the ante.
Meanwhile, fellow BMW driver Timo Glock travels to the Norisring as championship leader. In the six races contested to date, Glock scored a total of 90 points and last year, the Norisring meeting proved to be a huge success for the drivers racing for the Munich based brand. On Saturday, Bruno Spengler gave BMW their first Norisring win in 25 years and their 25th win since their DTM comeback in 2012. And on Saturday, Maxim Martin crossed the line as race winner, thus making for the 75th BMW win in the history of DTM.
Glock’s toughest rival in the battle for the championship lead is Gary Paffett. The Mercedes-AMG driver has got 11 points less than Glock on his tally, “The result of the Sunday race at Budapest was really disappointing for us. But the start into the season went really well and the car proved to also be fast at the Hungaroring. Therefore, I believe that we may be confident regarding the Norisring meeting. Quite obviously it would be great to win there again,” Glock concluded. Mercedes will be tough to beat here, as the brand has 18 Norisring wins, they are the clearly most successful manufacturer at Nuremberg’s street circuit.
In last year’s Sunday race, the crowds witnessed a fantastic photo finish in the battle for third position: Audi’s retired driver Mattias Ekström, Wittmann and Mercedes-AMG’s Edoardo Mortara crossed the line side by side, with the gap amounting to just 0.027 seconds. Jamie Green who already won four DTM races in Nuremberg currently has got just 10 points on his tally and holds 16th position in the championship; he’ll be one of the drivers to look out for.
At the Norisring, the setup is extremely important. To not lose time on the long straights the teams opt for minimum downforce and therefore, the cars behave extremely nervously while being decelerated. Therefore, the engine’s horsepower output and the setup are crucial for a fast Norisring lap. And the fact that the bumps alter year by year even adds to the challenge for the drivers.
World Cup fever hits the DTM and Germany
And the Norisring visitors even haven’t to do without watching the Football World Cup. On Saturday evening, the match between Sweden and Germany will be shown on the video walls at the circuit. The two DTM rounds at the Norisring will be covered by SAT.1 in their show ‘ran racing’, both on Saturday and Sunday.