In the 1930s, the government of Germany constructed a circuit that was to replace the infamous Nordschleife of the Nürburgring. The new track allowed for much faster speeds and, being exactly 10 km in length, was to have much quicker lap times. This in turn meant more fun for the one million spectators for which the circuit was to provide accommodation. In those days, motor racing drew huge amounts of people. It wasn’t unusual to have several hundred thousands of spectators at a single Grand Prix.
- Location: Germany
- Time Zone: UTC+2
- Opened: 1939
- Length: 10 km (6.2 mi)
- Turns: 35
This is reflected in the Deutschlandring design. Parking space for over three hundred thousand cars was planned, all of which could leave the area within two hours, thanks to several direct connections to the surrounding road network. The circuit extended from an old hillclimb track near the town of Hohnstein, just a short drive south of Dresden, into a large oval. The designers got their inspiration from a number of legendary racing circuits around the world, including Mellaha at Tripoli, Linas-Monthléry, Monza and of course the Nürburgring. And there was no doubt that propaganda played a key role. This was to be the track to end all tracks. On April 27th, 1939, the circuit was baptised Deutschlandring.
Ironically, the circuit experienced the same fate as the Reich from which it had sprung. After the tarmac was laid, war broke out and nothing came of racing. The upcoming 1940 German Grand Prix was cancelled, Mercedes and Auto-Union mothballed their racing cars and nobody ever raced the Deutschlandring. Today, it’s part of the public road network.
- Event Date/Time: Sunday, July 26th, 2020 @ 2p PT
- Track: Deutschlandring <download link>
- Vehicle(s): Porsche 911 Singer <download link>
- Track Condition: Few Clouds (Sol)
- Track Temp: 43°C
- Ambient Temp: 32°C
- Wind: 7-10 kts @ 10°M
- Free Practice: Server available throughout the week
- Official Practice: 2:00p – 2:30p PT (30 min)
- Qualifying: 2:30p – 2:50p PT (20 min)
- Race: 3:00p PT (5 Laps)