CRUCIAL WEEKEND AT NURBURGRING 20/08/2009 - Crucial weekend for the Le Mans Series at Nurburgring where the second last round of the season is awaited. Matteo Bobbi, currently second in classification six points adrift, well try and repeat ...
CRUCIAL WEEKEND AT NURBURGRING
20/08/2009 - Crucial weekend for the Le Mans Series at Nurburgring where the second last round of the season is awaited.
Matteo Bobbi, currently second in classification six points adrift, well try and repeat together with Thomas Biagi and Andrea Piccini, the victory at Barcelona and get back the classification leadership. The replacement of the engine used three weeks ago in Portugal, unavoidable and due to technical reasons, will cost the crew a penalty of two points and ten positions on the starting grid which could be crucial for the title fight.
The Nu&n.776;rburgring unfolds around Nurburg's castle in Germany. Historical location of the German Grand Prix, in its original configuration of about 23Km, it will be opened in 1927: back at that time, the track was composed by two parts only, the principal Nordschleife (north ring), slightly less than 23 km, and the Su&n.776;dschleife (south ring). The 'Ring' has been theatre of several pages of the motor-racing history: before the second world war myths of Mercedes-Benz and Auto Union were born here, and Tazio Nuvolari was consacrated here too thanks to an amazing victory in 1935.
After world war two, Nurburgring was reopened but despite several modifications it has been theatre of several fatal accidents. In 1970, for the first time the German F.1. Grand Prix had to temporarily abandon the Eifel mountains to allow important works which nevertheless did not prevent the serious accident happened to Niki Lauda in 1976. This set the word end to the Nordschleife in the highest motor-racing category.
In 1981, works started to build a new track, 4.5Km long that used only a portion of the short pits straight of the previous circuit. The track was inaugurated in 1984 and Nu&n.776;rburgring became the home of the second German race of the F.1. world championship, housing the European Grand Prix and the Luxemburg one. Important modifications were done in 2002 with the construction of a new section and starting from 2008 the circuit alternates with Hockenheim to organize the German Grand Prix.
Matteo Bobbi: "The Nurburgring race is a key point of our season: in the last races we did not harvest what we would have probably deserved and in a championship having only five rounds like this one this is not something easy to recover. We know we can be competitive and without problems we can definitely fight for the victory; the penalty of two points is not positive and it can influence the outcome of the championship, but there is nothing we can do about it, we just have to concentrate on getting this success".