Will WTCC on the Nordschleife work?
The return of world championship motorsport to the legendary Nurburgring Nordschleife was a great headline, but can the WTCC really succeed there? PETER MILLS investigates
In a leafy district of Curitiba back in the spring of 2011, on the first floor of an upmarket restaurant, conversation at a World Touring Car Championship media dinner turned to venues the series might consider for its calendar.
Marcello Lotti, then WTCC promoter, provoked incredulous glances between attendees by mentioning that two-lap races on the hair-raising Nurburgring Nordschleife had been investigated. Preposterous, surely? From his position at the head of the table, the charismatic Italian clearly enjoyed watching the startled reactions, before going on to explain why such a race was unlikely to happen.
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