Some of you might recall an incident that took place at the Nurburgring last year which resulted with a fatality of a spectator. During the Nurburgring VLN race, the #23 Nissan GTR driven by Jann Mardenborough went airborne and flipped over the protective fence, killing one person and injuring four others.
This unfortunate incident had not only resulted in a red-flag during the race, but also a controversial decision to impose a speed limit at the famed circuit. This means that cars could no longer go flat out at certain areas and forbidding manufacturers from attempting and publishing lap times.
Needless to say, the move has attracted a lot of flak from various parties especially racing drivers, opposing to the idea of speed limits which defeats the whole purpose of a circuit. We initially thought that the track management was bonkers in their head to impose such a law, but thankfully the speed limit imposed was just a temporary measure.
It seems that over the winter, the management worked on sections of the track, repaving sections and adding protective fences in order to make Nurburgring safe for both drivers and the spectators. The first VLN race for 2016 will take place in a few days’ time on April 2nd, and without any speed limitations manufacturers are more than welcome to bring their best cars and push them to the limit.