Experimental weeks in the Nürburgring Endurance Series: After the new hygiene concept had successfully celebrated its premiere a fortnight ago, now it was time for the NSL’s first double-header ever.
Nobody can complain about there not being enough race action on the Nordschleife this season, especially when it took place in a double bill this weekend. So one thing’s quite clear – the NLS event on 11 and 12 July has proved that two races on one weekend are not only possible in sprint series, they also liven up the pace in endurance racing.
In addition to the track spectacle, once again great attention was given to coverage for the fans, who are still not allowed to the track. And here too, we’d like to pay those responsible a compliment. New formats such as talks from the driver paddock on Saturday evening help fill the gap for the viewer and take the Nürburgring action directly into the living room at home.
And apart from the live race coverage, those viewers have probably noticed something else too: Advertising for the new Phoenix Drive brand flickered over the screens. And in a paddock interview, Ernst Moser also spoke about the Phoenix Racing’s business group reorientation.
From a sport point of view, the race weekend was characterized by ups and downs. Sunday’s second on the grid for Kim-Luis Schramm, Michele Beretta and Mike Rockenfeller, and Vincent Kolb, Frank Stippler and Richard Westbrook’s powerful first race-half whetted the appetite for top positions. However, only a ninth and eleventh place finally emerged from the fiercely competitive field with numerous GT3 drivers.