Norisring

The Norisring is a street circuit in Nuremberg. As the city's German name Nürnberg would lead to confusion with the Nürburgring, the old name Noris was chosen for the simple track which is now approximately 2,300 metres (1.4 mi) long.

Norisring
Norisring track map.svg
LocationNuremberg, Germany
FIA Grade2
Opened18 May 1947
Major eventsDTM
W Series (2019), F3 European Championship (2012-2018), F3 Euro Series (2003-2012)
SurfaceAsphalt
Length2.3 km (1.4 mi)
Turns8
Race lap record0:46.618 (Nico Müller, Abt Sportsline Audi RS5 Turbo DTM, 2019, DTM)
Websitewww.norisring.de

HistoryEdit

Since 18 May 1947, motor racing events around the remaining 360 metres (0.22 mi) long grand stand (Zeppelinhaupttribüne or simply Steintribüne) are held on streets that are otherwise used for public traffic. Different configurations were used in the early years, including figure-8 layouts. Nowadays, the start-finish straight in front of the central grand stand leads to a right hand sweeper and the lefthand U-turn at Grundig tower, and back in a (now lefthand) sweeper to the Steintribüne, where the "Schöller-S" right-left chicane lead to the backstraight at its backside. Cars touch the outside wall often there. After a righthand kink, the lefthand U-turn of "Dutzendteichkehre" leads back to the main straight after a flat-out lefthand kink.

Due to its proximity of the lake "Dutzendteich" and its location inside a large city, the track and event is compared to the Monaco Grand Prix (Fränkisches Monaco).

The annual mid-July Norisringrennen is considered a highlight of the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters series, as fans get closer to the action and the drivers than on modern venues.

FatalitiesEdit

Mexican racing driver Pedro Rodríguez died at the Norisring in 1971 when the Ferrari 512 he was hired to drive (in championship events, he used to race a Gulf Racing-Porsche 917) hit the bridge wall before the Schöller-S and burst into flames. Afterwards, the track was shortened by moving the Grundigkehre U-turn closer in order to reduce corner speeds. In 2006, a memorial plaque was inaugurated at the site of the crash. Another fatal accident occurred in 1988, with Hungarian driver Csaba Kesjár dying after crashing into the barriers at the Dutzendteichkehre during a practice session in the German Formula Three Championship.

Lap recordsEdit

Category Time Driver Vehicle Event
DTM 0:46.618[1] Nico Müller Audi RS5 Turbo DTM 2019 2019 Norisring Nürnberg 200 Speedweekend
Group C 0:47.790 Jean-Louis Schlesser Sauber C9 1988 200 Miles of Norisring
Formula 3 0:47.949[2] Callum Ilott Dallara F314 2017 Norisring F3 European Championship round
W Series 0:50.975 Emma Kimiläinen Tatuus F.3 T-318 2019 W Series Nuremberg round

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "2019 Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters Norisring Session Facts". Retrieved 16 March 2021.
  2. ^ "2017 FIA Formula 3 European Championship Norisring Session Facts". Retrieved 16 March 2021.

External linksEdit

Coordinates: 49°25′53″N 11°07′30″E / 49.43139°N 11.12500°E / 49.43139; 11.12500