The 48th AvD Oldtimer Grand Prix (7th to 9th August) will bring the most important motorsport classics weekend in Continental Europe from the Nürburgring directly to viewers at home: together with Nürburgring TV the organisers will be providing extensive live streaming capturing on-track racing action as well as the stories behind racing classes and cars. The service will of course be free of charge for classic car enthusiasts. On both Saturday and Sunday eight hours of live coverage will be available to which Peter Reichert, a reporter known from TV channel RTL’s Formula One broadcasts, is going to contribute as well: together with a camera team he’ll be capturing automotive stories in the paddock. After all, spectacular cars and driver legends such as Jacky Ickx and René Arnoux have announced their participation at the weekend. Free streaming can be watched on the official homepage and the YouTube channel of the AvD-OGP as well as on the channels of the Nürburgring and Nürburgring TV. In parallel, the Nürburgring and the joint organisers are continuing their efforts of finding a solution for admitting spectators to the venue. Constructive discussions with the relevant approval authorities are still in progress.
The AvD Oldtimer Grand Prix will provide more extensive coverage of the race weekend by live streaming than ever before. Track cameras are going to pursue the legendary racing cars on the Nürburgring tarmac while they’re fighting for seconds and positions. The onboard perspective will be included too so that viewers can virtually sit directly in the cars. Joining RTL reporter Peter Reichert will be editor Christian Glück from channel Sport1 to ensure that adequate background information will be available. The goodwill of all the parties involved has made this offering possible. The International Audi R8 LMS Cup, the FCD RacingSeries, the Touring Car Classics, the FHR and C.H.R.S.N. and the AvD all worked together in making this happen, assisted also by the streaming experts from Nürburgring TV who accommodated the organisers in these challenging corona times.
Formula One driver and car legends to line up on the grid
What the cameras at the Nürburgring will get to zoom in on is certainly worth being picked captured and staged again. For instance, the new Formula One demo round will be a very special highlight, mainly featuring Ferrari models on track and showing the evolution of the unrivalled power and performance of racing’s top category. As many as three former Formula One drivers will climb into the cockpit themselves. Alongside driver legend Jacky Ickx (Belgium) René Arnoux (France) will be on the grid. Giovanni Lavaggi from Italy – who made a total of seven Grand Prix starts between 1995/96 – will be at the wheel of a Ferrari 312 B3, just like Ickx and Arnoux. This will not be the only trio making the meeting of more than a dozen Formula One cars an attractive event because the field will include former cars of racers such as Niki Lauda, Nigel Mansell, Alain Prost and Gerhard Berger as well. Plus, the Ferraris will be joined by other visiting F1 single-seaters: ex-DTM driver Harald Becker will be travelling to the event to race in a March and three-time Le Mans winner intends to be in contention in a Lotus.
Cars from the pre-war era up until today to race
However, the Formula One cars will by far not be the only attractions that will make watching the live stream worthwhile. German Marco Werner, now living in Switzerland, is going to climb into a sports car cockpit as well: a Porsche 917 in which Willi Kauhsen competed at Le Mans. There will be ample opportunity for interviews including anecdotes from the past as Kauhsen is planning to travel to the Nürburgring as well. Automotive highlights have also announced their participation in the race of the two-seat racing cars and GTs up until 1960/61. Here a Ferrari Dino 206 S will stand out as well as an Abarth Simca 2000 – in other words beautiful sports cars that will be battling for victory against the legendary Porsche, Maserati, Lotus & company. In the night race on Saturday they’re going to forge links to the legendary endurance classic. A race with many overtaking manoeuvres and fantastic cars can again be expected at the joint round of the DRM Revival and the FHR 100-Mile Trophy: absolute eye-catchers here will include CanAm cars of the McLaren and Lola marques and others. Last but not least, there will be terrific vehicles from the pre-war cars of the Vintage Sports Car Trophy to the Touring Car and GT classes, plus interesting backstage stories continuing all the way to the present. Finally, the International Audi R8 LMS Cup and the FCD RacingSeries are going to present fascinating super sports cars featuring state-of-the-art technology.