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The 6 Hours of Nürburgring (formerly the Nürburgring 1000 km) was an endurance race for sports cars held on the Nürburgring in Germany and organized by the ADAC since 1953.

6 Hours of Nürburgring
Nürburgring - Grand-Prix-Strecke.svg
First race1953
First FIA WEC race2015
Duration6 Hours
Previous namesADAC 1000 km Nürburgring 1000 km Nürburgring
Most wins (driver)Stirling Moss (4)
Most wins (team)SpA Ferrari (7)
Most wins (manufacturer)Porsche (13)
The crowd at the start of the 1973 event



On the traditional 22.810 km long Nordschleife ("Northern Loop") version, the competition took usually 44 laps (1003.64 km, since 1967 1004.74 km) and lasted about eight hours, later less than six hours. While the 1974 event was shortened in the wake of the oil crisis, the 1976 race was extended by 3 laps and covered 1073.245 km.

The inaugural race, which counted towards the 1953 World Sportscar Championship, was won by Alberto Ascari and Giuseppe Farina in a Ferrari. Due to disappointing attendance, the race was not held in the following two years. It became quite popular in the 1960s and 1970s though, and even more so after Formula One decided not to race at the Nürburgring after 1976 on safety grounds.

The last race on the Northern Loop in 1983 was won by Jochen Mass and Jacky Ickx in their Rothmans Porsche 956. In that year, due to the ongoing construction work, the track had been shorted to 20.832 km and provisional pits were used. This event saw the fastest ever timed lap of the Nordschleife when German driver Stefan Bellof lapped his Rothmans Porsche in 6:11.13 during practice, and an average of over 200 km/h. Bellof also set the race lap record during that race lapping in 6:25.91.

Since 1984, the 1000 km races were run on the new, much shorter Grand-Prix-Strecke, while the 24 Hours Nürburgring stayed on the legendary long track. In 1991, the 1000 km races were first shortened to 480 km, then discontinued overall due to the demise of the World Sportscar Championship.

In 2000, the 1000 km were resumed, with new competitive cars of BMW and Audi. The race was held as a part of the European Le Mans Series (ELMS), the European version of the American Le Mans Series (ALMS). In a wet race, the unusual front-engined Panoz of Jan Magnussen and David Brabham won, ahead of a BMW V12 LMR, an Audi R8 and the second Panoz.

On September 4, 2005, the 1000 km was held as a part of the Le Mans Endurance Series (LMES).

The 500 km Nürburgring was also similar event for smaller sportscars during the 1960s and 1970s.

VLN also runs a six-hour endurance race, while covering only 4h in other heats. In 2010, for the first time a distance of more than 1000 km was covered by the winning Porsche 911 GT3.[1]

Current record of most wins belongs to Stirling Moss who won the race in 1956, 1958, 1959 and 1960.

In 2010, the winning Porsche 911 GT3 R of the 6h ADAC Ruhr-Pokal-Rennen race was the first[1] to cover more than 1000 km in a 6-hour VLN endurance race for GT3 and touring cars, lapping the 24,369 km long modern version of the Nordschleife 42 times for 1023.498 km in a time of 6:06:56.091. The 2012 winner, a Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3, covered the same distance in a time of only 6:01:29.541,[2] at an average of 169.879 km/h.

As a part of the Oldtimer Festival in 2010 the tradition and name of the renowned ADAC 1000 km of Nürburgring will be continued by the motor sport club DAMC 05. In contrast to former years, the race is organised for older cars and therefore the term “classic” was added to the name.[3][4]

The 2013 race was the first under the Blancpain Endurance Series banner of the Stephane Ratel Organisation.


Nürburgring Nordschleife, used from 1953–1982
Year Drivers Team Car Time Championship
1000 km distance, 22.8 km circuit
1953   Alberto Ascari
  Giuseppe Farina
  Automobili Ferrari Ferrari 375 MM Spyder 8:20:44.000 World Sportscar Championship
1954 No Race
1955 No Race
1956   Piero Taruffi
  Harry Schell
  Jean Behra
  Stirling Moss
  Officine Alfieri Maserati Maserati 300S 7:43:54.400 World Sportscar Championship
German Sportscar Championship
1957   Tony Brooks
  Noël Cunningham-Reid
  David Brown Aston Martin DBR1/300 7:33:38.200 World Sportscar Championship
1958   Stirling Moss
  Jack Brabham
  David Brown Aston Martin DBR1/300 7:23:33.000 World Sportscar Championship
1959   Stirling Moss
  Jack Fairman
  David Brown Aston Martin DBR1/300 7:33:18.000 World Sportscar Championship
1960   Stirling Moss
  Dan Gurney
  Camoradi USA Maserati Tipo 61 7:31:40.500 World Sportscar Championship
1961   Lloyd Casner
  Masten Gregory
  Camoradi USA Maserati Tipo 61 7:51:39.200 World Sportscar Championship
1962   Phil Hill
  Olivier Gendebien
  SpA Ferrari SEFAC Ferrari Dino 246SP 7:33:27.700 International Championship for GT Manufacturers
1963   John Surtees
  Willy Mairesse
  SpA Ferrari SEFAC Ferrari 250P 7:32:18.000 International Championship for GT Manufacturers
1964   Ludovico Scarfiotti
  Nino Vaccarella
  SpA Ferrari SEFAC Ferrari 275P 7:08:27.000 International Championship for GT Manufacturers
1965   John Surtees
  Ludovico Scarfiotti
  SpA Ferrari SEFAC Ferrari 330P2 6:53:05.400 International Championship for GT Manufacturers
1966   Phil Hill
  Jo Bonnier
  Chaparral Cars Inc. Chaparral 2D-Chevrolet 6:58:47.600 International Championship for Sports-Prototypes
International Championship for Sports Cars
1967   Joe Buzzetta
  Udo Schütz
  Porsche System Engineering Porsche 910 6:54:12.900 International Championship for Sports-Prototypes
International Championship for Sports Cars
1968   Vic Elford
  Jo Siffert
  Porsche System Engineering Porsche 908 6:34:06.300 International Championship for Makes
1969   Jo Siffert
  Brian Redman
  Porsche System Engineering Porsche 908/02 6:11:02.300 International Championship for Makes
1970   Vic Elford
  Kurt Ahrens, Jr.
  Porsche Salzburg Porsche 908/03 6:05:21.200 International Championship for Makes
1971   Vic Elford
  Gérard Larrousse
  Martini Racing Porsche 908/03 5:51:49.300 International Championship for Makes
1972   Ronnie Peterson
  Tim Schenken
  SpA Ferrari SEFAC Ferrari 312PB 6:01:40.200 World Championship for Makes
Deutsche Rennsport Meisterschaft
1973   Jacky Ickx
  Brian Redman
  SpA Ferrari SEFAC Ferrari 312PB 5:36:53.400 World Championship for Makes
Deutsche Rennsport Meisterschaft
1974   Jean-Pierre Jarier
  Jean-Pierre Beltoise
  Equipe Gitanes Matra-Simca MS670C 4:07:24.1001 World Championship for Makes
Deutsche Rennsport Meisterschaft
1975   Arturo Merzario
  Jacques Laffite
  Willi Kauhsen Racing Team Alfa Romeo 33TT12 5:41:14.100 World Championship for Makes
Deutsche Rennsport Meisterschaft
1976   Albrecht Krebs
  Dieter Quester
  Schnitzer Motorsport BMW 3.5 CSL 6:38:20.600 World Championship for Makes
1977   Rolf Stommelen
  Tim Schenken
  Toine Hezemans
  Gelo Racing Porsche 935 5:58:30.500 World Championship for Makes
1978   Klaus Ludwig
  Hans Heyer
  Toine Hezemans
  Gelo Racing Porsche 935/77 5:55:46.600 World Championship for Makes
1979   Manfred Schurti
  Bob Wollek
  John Fitzpatrick
  Gelo Racing Porsche 935/77 5:57:35.100 World Championship for Makes
1980   Rolf Stommelen
  Jürgen Barth
  Joest Racing Porsche 908/4 Turbo 5:52:15.100 World Championship for Makes
1981   Hans-Joachim Stuck
  Nelson Piquet
  GS Tuning BMW M1 Gr.5 2:16:50.8602 World Endurance Championship
1982   Michele Alboreto
  Teo Fabi
  Riccardo Patrese
  Martini Racing Lancia LC1 Spyder 5:54:10.830 World Endurance Championship
1000 km distance, 20.8 km circuit
1983   Jochen Mass
  Jacky Ickx
  Porsche Racing International Porsche 956 5:26:34.630 World Endurance Championship
1000 km distance, 4.5 km circuit
1984   Stefan Bellof
  Derek Bell
  Rothmans Porsche Porsche 956 6:00:43.590 World Endurance Championship
Deutsche Rennsport Meisterschaft
1985 No Race
1986   Henri Pescarolo
  Mike Thackwell
  Kouros Racing Team Sauber C8-Mercedes 3:42:30.0203 World Sports Prototype Championship
1987   Eddie Cheever
  Raul Boesel
  Silk Cut Jaguar Jaguar XJR-8 5:55:53.120 World Sports Prototype Championship
1988   Jean-Louis Schlesser
  Jochen Mass
  Team Sauber Mercedes Sauber C9-Mercedes 5:53:00.600 World Sports Prototype Championship
480 km distance, 4.5 km circuit
1989   Jean-Louis Schlesser
  Jochen Mass
  Team Sauber Mercedes Sauber C9-Mercedes 2:47:14.599 World Sports Prototype Championship
1990   Jean-Louis Schlesser
  Mauro Baldi
  Team Sauber Mercedes Mercedes-Benz C11 2:39:15.913 World Sports Prototype Championship
430 km distance, 4.5 km circuit
1991   Derek Warwick
  David Brabham
  Silk Cut Jaguar Jaguar XJR-14 2:23:41.028 World Sportscar Championship
No Races
1000 km distance, 4.5 km circuit
2000   Jan Magnussen
  David Brabham
  Panoz Motor Sports Panoz LMP1-Élan 5:45:55.173 American Le Mans Series
No Races
1000 km distance, 5.1 km circuit
2004   Allan McNish
  Pierre Kaffer
  Audi Sport UK Veloqx Audi R8 6:00:32.6454 Le Mans Series
2005   Tom Chilton
  Hayanari Shimoda
  Zytek Motorsport Zytek 04S 6:01:06.7394 Le Mans Series
2006   Jean-Christophe Boullion
  Emmanuel Collard
  Éric Hélary
  Pescarolo Sport Pescarolo C60-Judd 6:01:26.3004 Le Mans Series
2007   Stéphane Sarrazin
  Pedro Lamy
  Team Peugeot Total Peugeot 908 HDi FAP
6:01:13.628 Le Mans Series
2008   Stéphane Sarrazin
  Pedro Lamy
  Team Peugeot Total Peugeot 908 HDi FAP
5:44:48.174 Le Mans Series
2009   Jan Charouz
  Tomáš Enge
  Stefan Mücke
  Aston Martin Racing Lola-Aston Martin B09/60 5:57:26.595 Le Mans Series
1000 km distance, 25.4 km circuit
2010   Wolfgang Pohl
  Daniel Schrey
Porsche Carrera RS 7:00:42,2484 FHR Langstreckencup[5]
6 hours time, 25.4 km circuit
2010   Arnold
Porsche 911 GT3 R 6:06:56,091, 42 laps VLN[6]
2011   Biela
Audi TT RS 5:41:21.034, 35 laps VLN[6]
2012   Jäger
Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 R 6:01:29.541, 42 laps VLN[6]
1000 km distance, 5.1 km circuit
2013   Maximilian Buhk
  Maximilian Gotz
  Bernd Schneider
  HTP Motorsport Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 6:00:46.3544 Blancpain Endurance Series
2014   Laurens Vanthoor
  César Ramos
  Christopher Mies
  Belgian Audi Club Team WRT Audi R8 LMS ultra 6:00:07.8484 Blancpain Endurance Series
6 hours time, 5.1 km circuit
2015   Timo Bernhard
  Brendon Hartley
  Mark Webber
  Porsche Team Porsche 919 Hybrid 6:01:16.966, 203 laps, 1045 km FIA World Endurance Championship
2016   Timo Bernhard
  Brendon Hartley
  Mark Webber
  Porsche Team Porsche 919 Hybrid 6:01:16.183, 194 laps, 999 km FIA World Endurance Championship
2017   Timo Bernhard
  Brendon Hartley
  Earl Bamber
  Porsche LMP Team Porsche 919 Hybrid 6:00:09.607, 204 laps, 1050 km FIA World Endurance Championship

1 – 1974 Race scheduled for 750 km only
2 – 1981 Race stopped after 17 laps due to fatal accident of Herbert Müller which caused track damage
3 – 1986 Race was stopped due to torrential rain and only ran approximately 600 km.
4 – Time limit reached before 1,000 km distance was completed (six hours for the Le Mans Series and Blancpain Endurance Series races, the 2010 Oldtimers Festival race had a seven-hour time limit).



  1. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-12-01. Retrieved 2010-08-06.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
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  3. ^ "ADAC 1000 km classic" (in German). DAMC 05. Archived from the original on 2012-05-14. Retrieved 2010-04-26.Homepage for the 2010 Oldtimer Festival.
  4. ^ "ADAC 1000 km classic" (in German). FHR. Retrieved 2010-04-26.Homepage of the Fahrergemeinschaft Historischer Rennsport.
  5. ^ "Official results of the ADAC 1000km classic" (PDF) (in German). DAMC 05. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2010-09-26. Retrieved 2010-09-18.Homepage DAMC 05.
  6. ^ a b c "2019 VLN5 ROWE 6 Stunden ADAC Ruhr-Pokal-Rennen". Archived from the original on 2019-04-10. Retrieved 2019-07-17.

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