Nurburgring bans lap record attempts

Car manufacturers have been banned from making lap record attempts on the Nurburgring Nordschleife.

The move comes in the wake on a crash during a VLN race earlier this year, in which factory Nissan driver Jann Mardenborough’s GT-R GT3 flipped and crashed over the barriers, leaving one spectator dead and seriously injuring several others.

In the wake of the crash, circuit bosses imposed 250kph (155mph) speed limits on certain stretches of the Nordschleife, including the section where Mardenborough crashed. The restrictions apply to all activity on the circuit. Even public days attract large crowds, particularly during summer.

Car manufacturers book exclusive use of the circuit for lap record attempts, but these typically happen during public days. Even if they didn’t, it would be impossible to keep spectators out. That is the basis for the ban.

The decision came to light during filming for a documentary about the Nordschleife – Apex – in which Swedish hypercar maker Christian von Koenigsegg said he had been refused permission for a lap record attempt with the 1,340bhp One:1. Circuit management said the decision would be reviewed at the end of the year.

So for now, the Porsche 918 remains the fastest road car around the Nordschleife, with a time of 6:57. Lamborghini was the last manufacturer given permission for a lap, setting a sub-seven minute marker with the Aventador SV.

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