With exactly one week to go to the start to the 41st season of the VLN endurance championship Nürburgring, the 63rd ADAC Westfalenfahrt on 25th March, the total of 187 cars* are registered for this worldwide biggest grassroots racing series. These are 32 entries more than at the same time in 2016.
“The huge interest in the VLN endurance championship Nürburgring is unbroken”, says Karl Mauer, VLN e.V. & Co. oHG Chief Representative. “Seven days before the season opener, the number of registered cars is clearly ahead of last year’s figures at this time. The positive trend of the season 2016 thus continues in the VLN and despite all the prophecies expressed by some critics, the VLN consistently increases its popularity.”
There is a great variety in cubic capacity and performance categories in the VLN. The tremendous and unique range starts from series production based touring cars up to the most sophisticated GT3 race cars. It is in particular the Cup classes which have since years presented exciting sport in the VLN races at the Nordschleife, the greatest and most demanding race track of the world. In 2017 again, BMW, Opel, Porsche and Toyota will organise the total of five Cups in which 50 cars are registered up to today.
Another important group within the VLN is now as before the production car category. The regulations for cost-effective racing with series production based touring cars introduced by the VLN in 1994 (at that time still under the heading VLN series cars) has always been and still is extremely popular. For the year 2017, the teams have entered 39 production cars in the various cylinder capacity classes.
It is said that the new TCR class will certainly have a great future in the VLN. The standard regulations applicable all over the world for race cars with two-litres turbo engines was introduced in long-distance racing with a separate class in 2017. The brands of Audi, Honda, Opel, Peugeot, Seat and Volkswagen will be represented there. The number of registrations currently comes up to eleven cars.
Registrations are still open up to the third round of the season, the 59th ADAC ACAS H&R Cup on 24th June 2017. Those teams who wish to be eligible in the prize money classification thus still have enough time and the opportunity to join the VLN and to receive cash awards which will be issued to the most successful drivers at the end of the season.
*As at 18 March 12 o’clock
|10-22||Michael Schrey defended his title successfully|
|10-20||Sample calculations to the 2017 championship?|
|10-19||Award for the VLN as the best national grassroots racing series again|
|10-18||A get together of top stars|
|10-18||The Opel Astra TCR is also victorious in endurance racing|
|10-13||Right tyre choice paid out for Milltek Racing|
|10-12||Debutant Piana catching attention in the Cup3|
|10-07||Vanthoor and Winkelhock break new ground|
|10-05||VLN to start into its finale|
|10-04||Classification of VLN round seven amended|
|09-29||Surprise provided by Pit Lane - AMC Sankt Vith in the GT86 Cup|
|09-28||Marcel Manheller now in the lead of the VLN championship|
|09-27||Mühlner Motorsport takes day victory and title|
|09-25||Christensen / Estre take fourth Manthey victory in 2017|
|09-21||Simoncini to contest the 600th race of his career at VLN7|
|09-20||Full speed ahead into the last third of the season – everyone at every level|
|09-09||Fifth win for Zils/Fischer/Konnerth|
|09-08||Cayman GT4-Trophy: Osieka and Schiller victorious at their debut|
|09-07||Stuck brothers win KTM X-BOW-Cup and finish 15h overall|
|09-07||Swiss Racing reduces gap in the TMG GT86 Cup|