LADA SPORT ROSNEFT took part in official pre-event testing at the famous Nürburgring Nordschliefe (28 April), where the Race of Germany is scheduled to take place next month (16 May) and the FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) drivers used the opportunity to explore the challenging racetrack.

The Nordschleife, which is also labeled the ‘Green Hell’, is considered to be one of the most dangerous and toughest venues in motorsport. With its elevation changes, tricky corners and slippery surface, the Nordschliefe is a “hard nut to crack,” and the WTCC drivers will tour the 25km circuit three times during each of the weekend’s two races.

2012 FIA WTCC Champion Rob Huff set the ninth quickest time (8m49.432s) in the overall standings behind the wheel of his LADA Vesta TC1.

Rob Huff: ”Nurburgring Nordschleife is the most challenging circuits in the world. It’s by far the longest track too, and that means the cars are given more of a workout than they ordinarily would at more conventional circuits. In contrast to the velvet-smooth F1-style circuits we typically visit, the Nordschleife is a bumpy and undulating road course, so setups will be different and finding the correct balance will be critical. Fortunately, having raced around the circuit four times previously, I have a lot of previous experience and knowledge to call upon. I also plan to take part in Nurburgring 24 Hours Race after the WTCC race, so it will be a busy weekend for me.”

James Thompson: “When you’re competing in an endurance race around the Nordschleife you’re not necessarily driving flat-out all the time, whereas we will. There doesn’t look to be many overtaking spots, so qualifying will play an important part in the weekend, therefore you’ve got to aim for that first and then worry about the race itself. These tests were important in terms of getting acquainted with the racetrack, because I’ve never raced here before, but of course, it needs much more laps to get used to it and feel comfortable.”

Mikhail Kozlovskiy: “Before the official testing we had the opportunity to learn this track on the simulator, provided by our partner Hexathron. Also, last week we had some laps using the ordinary cars just to get the first taste of the circuit. All these things helped a lot, and now I feel more confident. At this track you can feel the elevation, there are many ‘blind’ corners, and the more laps you make here, the more comfortable you feel. Generally, this pre-event testing was very useful and I look forward to driving Vesta TC1 at the Race of Germany”.


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