Speed restrictions at the famous Nurburgring track in Germany are being lifted and a series of new safety measures are being put into place instead. Whilst all details of these new measures are yet to be released, the owner of the Nurburgring, Capricorn Nurburgring GmbH, has stated that 16 new measures will be put into place on the circuit, seven of which will be completed between November 2015 and March 2016.
Carsten Schumacher, the boss of Capricorn Nurburgring has said that a 500-metre stretch in the Flugplatz section will be resurfaced, smoothing out five bumps which have developed over years of track use. A restriction zone will be placed in the Schwedenkreuz section, which will restrict spectator viewing. There will also be added fencing to the Dottinger Hohe straight, the fastest section of the 12.9 mile track.
Schumacher has said these new safety measures are “not only important for motor racing but also for the industry, which has been testing its vehicles on this unique race track for decades.” The speed limits on the track have prevented manufacturers from attempting record times on the German circuit, with tracks such as Spa Francorchamps being used instead. These safety measures have been expected after incidents such as the death of a spectator during this years VLN Endurance Championship, where a Nissan GTR Nismo GT3 went airborne, landing in the viewing area. This lead to GT3 racing being banned until April.
These alterations will begin if the German motor sport association (DMSB) and FIA give the new plans the go ahead.