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Construction Begins at Nordschleife

Construction begins on Nordschleife as part of safety improvements…

Photo: Nurburgring

Photo: Nurburgring

Construction has begun on the Nürburgring Nordschleife, following the approval of numerous safety improvements ahead of the 2016 racing season.

Among the changes include the resurfacing of Quiddelbacher Höhe and Flugplatz, which is already underway at the famed German circuit.

A total of seven safety improvements will be implemented, largely in the wake of the accident involving Jann Mardenborough’s Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 during a VLN round in March, which killed a spectator.

*Track section Döttinger Höhe / Antoniusbuche: Installation of an additional FIA fence to fence off federal road B258, which runs parallel to the track, alongside a 700-metre high-speed sector.

*Track section Hocheichen: Installation of a metallic fence behind the existing FIA fence to fence off the agricultural road running parallel to the track.

*Track section Quiddelbacher Höhe / Flugplatz: Renewal of 500 metres of track surface to smooth out bumps. Back in spring, this section saw the installation of a FIA fence and an additional metallic fence, as well as an extension of the tyre wall.

*Track section Schwedenkreuz: Creation of a restricted zone that is closed to spectators on the right-hand side of the track; installation of a FIA fence on the left-hand side.

*Track section Metzgesfeld: Installation of additional FIA fences and metallic fences to increase spectator protection and protection of the camping area on the right-hand side of the track; guardrails will be moved closer to the track.

*Track section Wippermann: Closing the gap in the metallic fence.

*Track section Stefan Bellof S: Installation of an additional FIA fence directly at the edge of the track behind the guardrails.

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John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for and SPEED Channel and has contributed to numerous other motorsports publications worldwide. Contact John


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