Nürburgring - Rules
...Metzgefeld...As I said earlier, it's a toll road. If your vehicle is sporting licence plates, you can rock up, pay your Euros and drive out onto the Nordschleife. No training, no safety briefing, nothing. Scandal! Well, not really. There is a list of safety rules and regulations (in English and French as well as German) which you have to walk past in order to purchase an entry ticket. Consider yourself briefed and forewarned. But you can effectively show up and drive. And people do.
Given that you might see a brand new Porsche 911 GT3RS jostling for trackspace with a 20 year old VW Golf, there is obviously a need for some simple rules. These can be summarised as:
...Kallenhardt...While one might legitimately expect all corners of a racetrack to be dangerous, there is one simple rule of thumb. There are several spots favoured by spectators, such as Brünnchen or Adenauer Forst. These guys are not sitting on the hillocks to admire your driving prowess. Quite the opposite. They are sitting there because statistically there is a very good chance you'll make a mess of that particular corner and have a highly entertaining 'moment'. Entertaining for them, that is.
Remember - When you see onlookers, this is not an opportunity to showboat to an adoring crowd; this is an opportunity to brake hard!
Click here for a map highlighting the particularly dangerous corners. There's a lot of them aren't there? Part III - The Drivers