WTCR Race of Germany 2022 - 26-28/05/2022

In 100 words… Germany’s WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup host venue offers a challenge like no other with its daunting 25.378-kilometre lap, 87 heart-stopping corners and changeable Eifel mountains weather combining to provide a fearsome challenge. Opening for business in 1927 and a German Grand Prix regular until Niki Lauda’s near-fatal accident in 1976, the Nürburgring Nordschleife joined the FIA World Touring Car Championship schedule from 2015-2017 as part of the ADAC 24h-Rennen weekend. The WTCR took over in 2018 and has delivered epic action every year since, including in 2021 when Tiago Monteiro defeated Yvan Muller within sight of the finish.

QUALIFYING REPORT

WTCR RACE OF GERMANY STATEMENT (ISSUED MAY 28, 2022)

Race 1 and Race 2 at WTCR Race of Germany, scheduled as rounds three and four of the 2022 WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup, will not take place for safety reasons.

The decision was taken following consultation with representatives of the FIA Sporting and Technical departments and official tyre supplier Goodyear Racing.

Goodyear Racing confirmed that it could not guarantee that the tyres provided for this event would perform as intended. Furthermore, Goodyear Racing confirmed that, at this stage, it was not able to provide conclusive reasons for the tyre issues that have occurred during earlier track activity, until an exhaustive process of data analysis has taken place. This process is ongoing.

As safety remains of paramount importance, the Stewards took the decision to stop the meeting through the issuing of Decision No2, which is available at this link. However, the points awarded following Qualifying will not be discounted. A decision on whether the two races will be rescheduled as part of another event later in the season will be taken in due course.

The drivers and teams were informed of the decision prior to the Stewards issuing their communication.

The FIA and WTCR promoter Discovery Sports Events understands the disappointment the cancellation of the two races has caused, especially for the thousands of fans in attendance at the Nürburgring, but safety is always of paramount importance.

A statement from Goodyear Racing reads: “During qualifying and free practice sessions for the FIA WTCR Race of Germany on the Nürburgring Nordschleife, a number of teams reported tyre damage.

“Tyres from a number of different production batches were used throughout the various sessions. There was no difference in the performance or durability between the batches.

“Following tyre conditions experienced during the various sessions this week, we have conducted a preliminary traceability review of production batches reported. The analysis to date, together with the inspection of returned tyres, has not identified any manufacturing issues with the specification.

“Further analysis of reported conditions in collaboration with the teams is needed before we can recommend further use of this specification in the current FIA WTCR race format. We will be collecting all tires for further analysis.

“Safety is our first consideration and we understand the importance of giving drivers the confidence they need to perform on a circuit with the specific requirements of the Nürburgring Nordschleife.

“We are committed to conduct a full comprehensive technical analysis of the product as well as the tire usage based on the race conditions in view of the future FIA WTCR race events of the season”.

PREVIOUS WINNERS:

2021:
Race 1: Tiago Monteiro (PRT) Honda Civic Type R TCR
Race 2: Jean-Karl Vernay (FRA) Hyundai Elantra N TCR

2020:
Race 1: Esteban Guerrieri (ARG) Honda Civic Type R TCR
Race 2: Yann Ehrlacher (FRA) Lynk & Co 03 TCR

2019:
Race 1: Norbert Michelisz (HUN) Hyundai i30 N TCR
Race 2: Johan Kristoffersson (SWE) Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR
Race 3: Benjamin Leuchter (DEU) Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR

2018:
Race 1: Yvan Muller (FRA) Hyundai i30 N TCR
Race 2: Esteban Guerrieri (ARG) Honda Civic Type R TCR
Race 3: Thed Björk (SWE) Hyundai i30 N TCR

TRACK ESSENTIALS
Name:
NÜRBURGRING NORDSCHLEIFE
Location:
Otto-Flimm-Straße, 53520 Nürburg, Germany
Track length: 25.378 kilometres
Race 1 distance:
3 laps (76.134 kilometres)
Race 2 distance:
3 laps (76.134 kilometres)
BEST LAPS
WTCR qualifying lap record:
Mehdi Bennani (Audi RS 3 LMS)
8m50.527s (172.2kph), 27/05/22
WTCR race lap record:
Jean-Karl Vernay (Hyundai Elantra N TCR)
8m53.608s (171.2kph), 05/06/21
MORE DETAILS
Time zone: GMT +2 hours
Fly to: Köln Bonn (97 kilometres)
Stay: Nürburg or surrounding towns and villages