Presenting an extreme technical challenge, and a true test of a driver’s nerve, the track was nicknamed as The Green Hell by Jackie Stewart, and the name has stuck ever since.
Instead of racing on the20-kilometre Nordschleife, GT World Challenge Europe competes on the Nürburgring’s Grand Prix configuration and will do so this season for the first time since 2021.
Composed of 16 corners, theGrand Prix Circuit blends an old-school style with a modern twist to encourage close racing while making sure to punish those who make mistakes.
The margins are always fine, and in a daunting lap, drivers find themselves on the very limit as pilot and machine tackle and undulating ride, surrounded by and steeped in history.
In 1999 Johnny Herbert scored an unlikely victory at the circuit for Stewart, and the Nürburgring punishedKimi Raikkonen in 2005, who retired from the lead on the final lap of theEuropean Grand Prix with a suspension failure.
The Nürburgring carries a subtle charm, however. There’s something special about it, and that first experience will last a lifetime.