New Nürburgring layout revealed for World Rallycross

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The Nürburgring will feature an all-new track for Round 7 of the 2020 FIA World Rallycross Championship based around the Mullenbachsleife section of the grand prix circuit.

 The new track was revealed today at an official event in Germany and will feature a 40:60 ratio of unsealed to sealed surfaces over a 1.029km lap. With almost the entire track being surrounded by grandstands, an elevation change of 15m (50ft) can be observed, along with changes in gradient of up to 12%.

The start line is located at the highest section of the track at turn six of the GP’s asphalt surface, before a sharp 90o right-hander begins proceedings. Being against the flow of the circuit, the start section is only used once, thus making turn one a tight left-hander during a race lap. The track then drops down rapidly after turn two, before transitioning from an unsealed to a sealed asphalt surface leading to an off-road section at turn three. A joker lap section runs around the outside of turn four’s left hander.

Paul Bellamy, senior vice president of motorsports events at IMG, commented, “We are honored to be able to bring our special brand of racing to one of the world’s greatest motor racing venues, which has so much history and has witnessed so many gripping duels between so many famous names over the years. In 2020, World RX will add to that rich heritage when we bring the world’s best rallycross drivers to compete in head-to-head, short, sharp racing in an amphitheater atmosphere. We are particularly looking forward to bringing Projekt E, our new rallycross electric racing series, to the Nürburgring.”

The World RX Championship’s first round will commence in Spain, at the Barcelona-Catalunya circuit on April 17-19, 2020, with the Nürburgring round beginning on July 31, 2020.

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