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Old 9 Feb 2003, 11:37 (Ref:501357)   #1
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Nurburgring 24 Hours

Now that Opel and BMW are pretty much committed to factory assaults on this year's Nurburgring 24 Hours, is there any chance it can return to being a highlight of the touring car calendar instead of a parochial German club race?

So sue me - I love enduros.
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Old 10 Feb 2003, 12:13 (Ref:502302)   #2
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So sue me - I love enduros.
Nothing wrong with enduros..!
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Old 10 Feb 2003, 12:49 (Ref:502354)   #3
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Got to say, from what I've seen of the 24hr 'Ring' (no pun intended you smutty minded individual's) it does deserve a little more attention...
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Old 10 Feb 2003, 12:56 (Ref:502365)   #4
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I think the problem with the Nurburgring 24 was the withdrawal of factory touring car teams in the late 1990s. Didn't BMW win it back in '98 (with a diesel, possibly)? But then it seemed to become a sort of mix'n'match club event with only a few high-profile drivers. Hopefully it'll pick up again now, as it should be one of the classic enduros, run on THE classic track. (Oh, for it to be on the FIA GT calendar...)
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Can't say I've seen that much of the event but isn't part of the fun that it IS a "mix'n'match club event" without any big budget factory teams. Running it as a proper FIA championship event would mean tightening up the class structure, possibly to the extent that it wouldn't attact as many entries.
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Aye, even though it's not a 'big' (as in popular, international) event - it's big in number: last year weren't there three starts (as in starting groups) so that all the cars didn't pile into Turn 1 at once!
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Will you be driving the Alfa at the 24hr, Pete, or making a return to an Elise?
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Can't say I've seen that much of the event but isn't part of the fun that it IS a "mix'n'match club event" without any big budget factory teams. Running it as a proper FIA championship event would mean tightening up the class structure, possibly to the extent that it wouldn't attact as many entries.
Though the teams of the top such as the Viper Zaaksped team and the Nissan Skyline GTR with Roland Asch & Co, etc. has got quite some budgets...
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Will you be driving the Alfa at the 24hr, Pete, or making a return to an Elise?
Alfa 156 - there's not enough headroom in the Lotus for the bumps! You should all come down - 150,000 people camped out in the forest on a track with 73 corners...can't be missed!

Hopefully we'll be out in the Lotus for Spa 24hrs and Magny Cours 6+6hrs, plus some EERC rounds in the Alfa before Nurburgring.
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Pete, see you there !!!
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It is *very* tempting Pete... what are the dates? Are you doing Spa too?
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It is *very* tempting Pete... what are the dates? Are you doing Spa too?
Sorry - my site's being updated to include this info.

Nurburgring (ADAC 24hrs) is 31st May - 1st June

Spa (Proximus 24hrs) is 26th - 27th July

Nurb is fixed - Spa (and others) are still in discussion but we should be able to confirm our entry in the Lotus pretty soon
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hmmm... but that'd mean foregoing my trip to Lydden... hmmm...

It does indeed sound interesting fella! I'll have a chat with a few people and see if anyone is interested in sharing travelling costs, etc. It is a perhaps a little too close to Le Mans to keep the bank manager happy though.
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