Optimistic signals for the AvD Oldtimer Grand Prix

The period of the racing break at the Nürburgring is about to end: following the resumption of testing and driving operations on the tradition-steeped circuit in recent weeks, authorities have now issued permission to run initial motorsport competitions. The opening round of the Nürburgring Endurance Series at the end of June marks the return of real racing at the ‘Ring’ and the organisers of the AvD Oldtimer Grand Prix are optimistic as well that the 48th running of the major classics race in Continental Europe will be feasible as scheduled, so that historic racing enthusiasts can prominently note 7th to 9th August on their calendars, according to the current state.

Notwithstanding this optimism, it is also clear that the special conditions related to the corona/COVID-19 pandemic require a fundamental revision of the concept for the AvD Oldtimer Grand Prix. That is why the organisers, together with their partners at the Nürburgring, are working at full stretch on an approvable concept. In addition to the conditions under which the weekend may be conducted, numerous other detailed rules have to be worked out. Above all, they include the reorganisation of the overall sporting conditions, from technical scrutineering to the wide variety of race control and stewards’ tasks through to the marshals posted around the track. Practicable hygiene concepts have to be developed for all of these areas. In spite of this extensive task list, the key elements are planned to be finalised by the beginning of July, according to the current state.

The racing programme can only truly be finalised after that date. Even so, there are individual elements which are given priority. They include the running of the AvD Historic Marathon that is planned to celebrate its revival this year. The organisers will provide timely updates of current development and news.

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