All you need to know about the coming Nurburgring 24h.
– The six-hour race at the Nürburgring is the fourth round of the 2016 WEC and starts on July 24 at 13:00 hrs CEST.
– Back in 2015, Dumas/Lieb took pole position with an average lap time of 1:36.473 minutes. The fastest overall qualifying lap was done by Marc Lieb (1:36.192 min). Bernhard/Webber managed an average time of 1:36.542 min and were second on the grid. (In the WEC the average of the respective best laps of two drivers counts for the grid position.)
– Bernhard/Hartley/Webber won the 2015 race at ambient temperatures of over 30 degrees Celsius. Dumas/Jani/Lieb finished second after having been robbed of the lead by three long stop-and-go penalties during the first half of the race. While catching up, Jani stayed behind the wheel for 76 laps and set the fastest lap of the race (1:37.955 min).
– In 2015 the WEC race weekend had a good crowd of 62,000 spectators. For 2016 the entry fee has remained the same: The weekend ticket is available in pre-sale for 35 Euros and, again, includes access to all open grandstands and the paddock, as well as the pit walk. A ticket for race day is only 30 Euros.
– Porsche and endurance racing at the Nürburgring is a story of success. The so-called 1000 kilometre race has taken place 47 times between 1953 and 2014. A total of 12 overall wins make Porsche the most successful brand – the first victory dates back to 1967, the latest one to 2010.
– At the Nürburgring 24-Hours on the Nordschleife Porsche has scored 11 overall wins and ranks second behind BMW (19). Among the current LMP1 Porsche works drivers Timo Bernhard has taken the winner’s laurels five times, Romain Dumas and Marc Lieb four times each.
– On the 20.6 kilometre long Nordschleife the Porsche 918 Spyder holds the record for road legal sports cars. Marc Lieb was at the wheel in September 2013 and it took him six minutes and 57 seconds to secure that record.
– A lap on the track used by the WEC is 5.148 km long.
– At normal race speed (no safety car) the Porsche 919 Hybrid is due for refuelling after every 33 laps.
– Refuelling and changing tyres may only be made sequentially, not at the same time. Only four mechanics may work simultaneously when changing tyres and may use only one wheel gun. That takes a lot longer than in Formula One, for example.
– The drivers are normally only changed when new tyres are needed.
– A set of Michelin slick tyres should last two fuel tank fills.
– The WEC efficiency regulations limit the amount of energy that can be used per lap. At the Nürburgring the Porsche 919 Hybrid can use 4.68 megajoule of electrical power from energy recovery systems and 1.317 kilograms or 1.803 litres of petrol.
– These different types of tyres can be used: three different compounds of slick tyres for dry conditions, a hybrid tyre (no profile either but softer cover) for mixed conditions and wet weather tyres. 6.5 sets of dry weather tyres are available per car for qualifying and the race.
– After three out of nine rounds, Porsche leads the manufacturers’ standings with 127 points ahead of Audi (95) and Toyota (79). In the drivers’ world championship Dumas/Jani/Lieb are leading with 94 points in total and an advantage of 39 points. Bernhard/Hartley/Webber have only scored 3.5 points yet and rank 19th.
– TV channel Eurosport 2 (pay TV) will broadcast on race day from 18:00-19:15 CEST and do a summary on July 27 from 09:30-10:00 hrs.
– The official WEC App can be downloaded free of charge in its basic version and can be extended (not free of charge) by a live stream. Several live features such as on-board cameras, timing and GPS tracking are implemented in the Porsche Motorsport App (free of charge) and at porsche.com/fiawec.