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by Mattias Ekstrom
After victory at the Nurburgring, Mattias Ekstrom kept his good DTM form going with second place in an Audi 1-2-3 at a wet and wild Brands Hatch
Audi locked out the podium at a wet Brands Hatch as Germany’s Martin Tomczyk's third win of the year put him back on top of the championship race. Here’s the race from the drivers’ points of view.
- Nurburg, Germany
- AUG 7, 2011 at 12:00 AM
- AUG 8, 2011 at 11:00 PM
The Nurburgring is the next stop on the 2011 DTM calendar in the village of Nurburg, Germany. It features a modern Grand Prix race track built in 1984, and a much longer old North loop track which was built in the 1920s, around the village and medieval castle of Nurburg in the Eifel mountains. The old track was nicknamed The Green Hell by Jackie Stewart and is widely considered the toughest, most dangerous and most demanding purpose-built racing circuit in the world. However, when it was rebuilt in 1984 and named GP-Strecke, It was built to meet the highest safety standards and was considered in character, a mere shadow of its older sibling. Some fans, who had to sit much further away from the track, called it Eifelring, Ersatzring, Green Party Ring or similar, believing it did not deserve to be called Nurburgring. The new circuit also had a characteristic of many of the circuits at the time, in that it offered few overtaking opportunities.
The Nordschleife has remained a one-way, public toll-road for nearly 80 years except when it is closed off for testing purposes, training lessons, or racing events. Since its opening in 1927 the track has been used by the public for the so-called "Touristenfahrten," i.e. to anyone with a road legal car or motorcycle, as well as tour buses, motor homes, or cars with trailers. It is opened mainly on Sundays, but also many Saturdays and weekday evenings. The track may be closed for weeks during the winter months depending on weather conditions and maintenance work.