The End of the 24 Hours Race?
Alarming news from ADAC Chairman Peter Meyer:
“Motor sport is rarely lucrative, except for Bernie Ecclestone. With the 24-hour race at Nurburgring, we might have, thanks to many volunteers, generated break-even. But most of the time it is a support business. The guys from Nürburgring Automotive GmbH don’t get it, they claim to know everything better.”
“We have a framework agreement, which extends to 2012. We will fulfil this contract. After that we need to negotiate a new one. A lot will happen up to then - it is known that some legal disputes are running against the operators. We will quietly examine what is happening. There are alternative race tracks around, Zolder is not far and Spa also located close to Cologne.”
Peter Meyer is not anybody, he is chairman of ADAC. See ADAC’s wikipedia entry - it is Germany’s and Europe’s largest automobile club with more than 17 million members. The ADAC is also organiser of the 24 Hours race - despite others, like the German Formula 1 GP.
He claims the NAG, which belongs to Kai Richter and Jörg Lindner, “knows everything better”. The people I talk to second that and expamples like Scuderia Hanseat demonstrate, how the NAG multiplies fees or even tries to take over events altogether. Their motivation, unlike the one of ADAC, is not to support motorsports, but to maximise their private income.
One thing is for certain: if 24 Hours Race goes, it would be the end of Nordschleife as we know it. Save The Ring.