Two record holding endurance racers are heading for the Nordschleife. YES
The Nürburgring 24 Hours is already an event you need to attend. Like Le Mans mixed with a music festival (with a splash of stag or hen do thrown in), it’s as fun and festival-like as motorsport gets.
This year’s is looking even more unmissable, for Porsche is wheeling out two quite special cars for a lap of the Nordschleife. Namely the 919 Hybrid Evo, which recently beat an F1 car around Spa, and a 956 C just like the one that still holds the outright lap record for the Ring’s north loop, a startling 6m 11.13s that may never be beaten.
While not the exact same car that Stefan Bellof made history in back in 1983, it’s a representative car raced by Jacky Ickx and Jochen Mass a year later. This Saturday it will take to the Nordschleife just before the flag falls to mark the start of the N24, alongside the 919 Hybrid Evo that’s recently set its own record. The 919 will be driven by Timo Bernhard, while the 956 will be piloted by racing legend Hans Stuck.
The Evo is arguably a car that could have a go at taking the 956 C’s record, too, but they won’t be competing against the clock at the weekend. It’s a parade lap to warm the crowd up before the grid of sports cars gets going for the Ring’s showpiece event. Perhaps, though, it’s Porsche hiding in plain sight and getting a feel for how the Evo handles the bumps and crests of the Nortschleife, y’know, just in case…