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Flugplatz

Posted by on May 22, 2015

On the Nordschleife, the north circuit of the Nürburgring, there is a place called Flugplatz, literally “flying place.” It was so-called originally because nearby there was a small airfield used primarily for gliders. However, the entry to Flugplatz involves coming up over a brow at full speed as the road rises up steeply from the long descent of Quiddelbacher-Höhe. Here is Niki Lauda truly flying over that brow in the Ferrari 312T during practice for the 1976 German Grand Prix which would take place on August 1st. He was trying to equal his astounding under-7 minute pole time from 1975. The next day’s race was when Lauda had his terrible accident just before the later Bergwerk section when a suspension link broke on his car. That fiery crash and the 1976 F1 season now has been made famous by the film “Rush.” Lauda’s crash, which involved two other...

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Blancpain Endurance Series: Grand Finale at the Nurburgring

Posted by on Sep 19, 2014

The Blancpain Endurance Series reaches its grand finale this weekend at the Nurburgring, with eleven Ferraris on track in two categories, where the Maranello marque and its drivers are in the running for the Drivers’ and Teams’s titles. As usual the field is split into three categories: Pro Cup, in which the favourite is the Belgian Laurens Vanthoor; the ProAm Cup and the Gentlemen Trophy. Ferraris compete in the latter two. ProAm Cup. There’s an unusual situation in the ProAm Cup, as Andrea Rizzoli and Stefano Gai, leaders along with team-mate Francesco Castellacci, will have to fight for the titile with a new third crew member, as Rizzoli has gone from being a Bronze driver to a Silver one. Joining them therefore will be Thomas Kemenater, in the number 90 458 Italia GT3 entered by Scuderia Villorba Corse, which has...

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International GT Open: Race 2 (Spoilers)

Posted by on May 4, 2014

A one-two finish and two other podium placings for Ferrari in the second race of the International GT Open Championship held at the legendary Nurburgring circuit. The one-two came in the GTS race, with the two podiums in the Super GT category. In this class, victory went, like the previous day, to Chevrolet, but this time it was one entered by the Belgian Selleslagh Racing teams in the hands of local hero Maxime Soulet and the Dutchman Nick Catsburg, who finished third yesterday. Second overall, as in race 1, was the SMP Racing-Russian Bears Ferrari 458 Italia GT3, in the hands of Italy’s Daniel Zampieri and the Russian Roman Mavlanov, who were also the first GT3 crew to take the flag. Third went to the Scuderia Villorba Corse 458, driven by Andrea Montermini and Niccolo Schiro who thus made...

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International GT Open: Race 1 (Spoilers)

Posted by on May 3, 2014

An all-Ferrari top three in Super GT and a further podium in the GTS class in the first race of the International GT Open championship at Germany’s Nurburgring circuit. There had been hope of better in the early stages of the Super GT battle, as the early leader was the experienced Andrea Montermini in Scuderia Villorba Corse’s Ferrari 458 Italia GT3. However, when it came time for the pit stops to switch dirvers, quickest was the Chevrolet crew of Puerto Rico’s Miguel Ramos and Nicky Pastorelli, who managed to take the lead at half distance, mainly due to a great drive from the Italo-Dutchman. Niccolo Schiro was unable to keep up the pace shown by Montermini and dropped down a further two places. First he was passed by the SMP Racing-Russian Bears Ferrari 458 Italia GT3, driven by Italy’s...

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