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Put a Ring On It. Porsche and Nürburgring Extend Partnership into 2022.

Porsche has announced it will continue its affiliation with the Nürburgring Endurance Series (NLS) for another three years. The sports car manufacturer and the events and marketing company VLN VV GmbH & Co. KG – organizers of the NES – have extended their cooperation until the end of 2022. All rounds of the NLS will be contested on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife. Porsche has been committed to the world’s largest grassroots racing series on the storied race track for many years. The opening round of the 2020 NLS took place on Saturday, June 27. Moreover, the German brand also supports the new Digital Nürburgring Endurance Series this year.

Porsche is the most successful manufacturer in the NLS – known as the Nürburgring Long-Distance Championship prior to the 2020 season – with 217 overall wins and 714 group victories (as of end 2019). Traditionally, a wide variety of models from the sports car manufacturer are fielded, ranging from the Porsche 718 Cayman S in the near-standard Division V to the 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport and the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup race car through to the ultimate customer racing Porsche, the 911 GT3 R. The 911 GT3 R fights for overall victory in the top GT3 category, SP9 in the NLS. As an act of its commitment to the series, Porsche often supports customer teams with engineers, advice and provides works drivers.

24 Hours Nürburgring, 2019, Porsche AG
The Porsche teams at the 24 Hours Nürburgring in 2019

Parallel to this, Porsche also supports the Cup 2 NLS class, a division reserved for the 911 GT3 Cup race car. The “Green Hell” offers another attractive playing field for the racing model over and above the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup, many national Carrera Cups, other one-make cup formats, the Porsche Sports Cups and many other circuit championships around the world such as the IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama in North America.

2020 marks the fifth Nürburgring-Nordschleife season for the Cayman GT4 Trophy by Manthey-Racing. Given the fierce battles for positions among more than a dozen competitors with the latest Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport and the previous Cayman GT4 Clubsport model, the Cup 3 class is particularly popular with spectators. This year’s regulations include an overall team ranking as well as an amateur driver classification. The latter category is for newcomers who, among other things, must turn laps within a specified time.

Michael Dreiser, Head of Sales at Porsche Motorsport.
“Endurance races are part of the Porsche DNA and we have a very special connection to the exceptional Nürburgring-Nordschleife. The particular appeal of the Nürburgring Endurance Series comes from the well-balanced coexistence of elite and club sport racing. This competition on the world’s most demanding race track poses a fascinating challenge that our customer teams relish. They race in different classes, and the battle for top positions is truly gripping among the many privateers and youngsters who put their trust in Porsche. In the NLS, we are able to clearly demonstrate the potential and performance of our racing cars.”

In the new Digital Nürburgring Endurance Series also start the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup

Virtual Grüne Hölle. Porsche Supports Digital Nürburgring Endurance Series.

The Nürburgring Endurance Series (NLS) was postponed at the start of the season due to the coronavirus pandemic. The NLS has bridged the race-free time since March with a virtual Nordschleife series. This simulated version of the classic German race series will continue through November despite real-world racing returning to the track on June 27 – 28. Just as in the real NLS, Porsche supports 60 sim racers and racing drivers in the digital version as well. Competitors race head-to-head in four classes, which – like in the real competition – include the Cup 2 class for the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup race car and the GT4 class, where the Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Trophy by Manthey-Racing race car competes. Other competitors contest the TCR-category SP3T and the top GT3 class SP9.

Marco Ujhasi, Manager Esports at Porsche Motorsport.
“Esports has been an integral part of Porsche motorsport since last year. The Digital Nürburgring Endurance Series has rapidly turned into a popular online platform and has attracted a unique community of sim racers and motorsport fans. Like in real-life motorsport series, the virtual version focuses on club sport racing. For this reason, we’re particularly pleased to expand our cooperation in this field.”

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