Beginners Racing Guide
Can I race the Nürburgring Nordschleife?
This is a question overheard quite often in the car park during Touristenfahrten or in the paddock at the races themselves - and the answer is yes! But… if you want to race on the most challenging race track in the world there’s a few things you need to know - regardless of whether you are already a professional racing driver or an amateur. Assuming you’ve already done at least 25 laps (to start going fast you need more than 150 laps), are still in love with the track and are sure you want to race, the first step is to find a racing team. There are naturally many in the area and they can cater for options such as single seats as a part of an existing team to fully building and supporting your own group of drivers in your own car.
From there, if you have absolutely no race experience, a good start is the Nürburgring GLP, a regularity race that gets you used to dealing with race traffic and a proper racing environment in a friendly, sportsman-like atmosphere. Traffic still goes fast, but since you’re racing against the clock for points the other drivers aren’t as aggressive. Equipment is simple as the main requirement is a German road registered car with a fitted standalone 2kg fire extinguisher.
If you do wish to progress further with races, then the next step is RCN. It’s here you will start to find and race directly against ‘real’ FIA spec race cars like Porsche or BMW cup cars. Prices can be around €3000 per race including insurance. If you finish at least 4 RCN races with good results then you are eligible to apply for the Nordschleife permit “B”.
What is the Nordschleife permit and why do you need it to race VLN? Introduced in 2015, the permit was a way to screen drivers going into the VLN after a spate of crashes between amateurs and pros – and because you need more than just money to race at this level safely.
With this “B” permit you will be able to race in the entry-level classes of the ‘big daddy’ VLN races, where pricing can start from around €4000 for the smaller cars. To progress further then finish 4 VLN races in the top 50% of the grid from your class to be eligible for the Nordschleife “A” permit that allows you to race higher level cars in both the RCN and VLN series. You will also need the “A” Permit to race at the greatest event held here, the Nürburgring 24 Hour race.
The Nürburgring will truly bring out the best from your driving and racing skills, and there are smaller teams that always have an available seat. However, starting a race is not the same as finishing a race, and this is where our Driving Academy programs can help you get the most out of your time on track.
- Luis Ramírez, RSRNürburg Driving Academy Instructor