The Nürburgring endurance series starts the 2021 season with a 146 car field entered for NLS 1, the 66th ADAC Westfalenfahrt on Saturday, sadly still behind closed doors.
Dealing first and foremost with the most important news, that the fabled Opel Manta will still be present, the field will be headed by no fewer than 28 GT3 spec cars in the premier SP9 class (including 23 Pro sub-class cars) from a raft of teams and drivers who have already tasted ‘Ring Racing success – including ROWE RACING (BMW), Manthey Racing (Porsche), Phoenix Racing (Audi), the Mercedes-AMG teams GetSpeed and HRT, Falken Motorsports, Frikadelli Racing Team ( both Porsche), Schubert Motorsport (BMW), Car Collection (Audi) and Walkenhorst Motorsport (BMW), plus a pair of series debutants: Hankook FFF Racing with a Lamborghini Huracán GT3 Evo, HCB Management a Porsche 911 GT3 R.
The SP9 lineup is rounded off by Konrad Motorsport (Lamborghini), KCMG, Huber Motorsport (both Porsche), the BMW Junior Team (stepping up to GT3 after a season in an M4 GT4 last year), Octane 126 (Ferrari) and équipe vitesse (Audi).
As always the supporting cast is huge and of significant quality.
The increasingly popular single-make Cup classes are well supported with Cup 3 class (Cayman GT4 Trophy by Manthey Racing) welcoming 16 mid-engine racers from Porsche.
11 cars feature in the the Cup 5 class, now featuring the new BMW M2 CS Racing whilst the Cup X class for the KTM XBow GT4 and GTX sees four cars apiece from the Austrian marque in the eight car class.
VT2 (VLN production car up to 2,000 ccm displacement with turbo) is also particularly busy with a varied 18 car entry including Hyundai i30N, Opel Astra OPC, Renault Megane RS, Volkswagen Golf and Scirocco plus a variety of BMW models.
V4 (VLN production cars up to 2,500 ccm displacement) features 12 cars including the reigning overall NLS champions from Adrenalin Motorsport, Christopher Rink, Danny Brink and Philipp Leisen who start a second consecutive title defence project.
And there’s still more besides, including the iconic Opel Manta for Olaf Beckmann, Peter Hass, Volker Strycek and Jürgen Schulten.
SP10 sees Waldow Performance field the first Alpine A110 in the GT4 class with a very different product from the same group, the Dacia Logan, in class SP3 (VLN Specials up to 2,000 cc displacement) is also anything but ordinary.
Amongst the additional drivers of note are Robert Kubica – as noted on DSC earlier this week in a PROsport-Racing Porsche Cayman.
Christina Nielsen starts in a Giti Tyres backed WS Racing VT2 class BMW, with multiple Indy 500 starter Pippa Mann in the same class in a Song Rennsport-run BMW, both heading for a GT4 campaign later in the season.
The four-hour race starts at 12 noon local time on Saturday. Before that, the grid will be set in timed practice from 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
The race will be live-streamed with English-language commentary and will once again be available directly on DSC.