Football fever at the Norisring: preview, facts and figures of the Volkswagen Scirocco R-Cup

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The spectators at the sixth race in this year’s Volkswagen Scirocco R-Cup season at the historic Norisring in Nuremberg (29–30 June) can look forward to a particularly interesting field of starters in the Legends category. A day before the Euro final, two German football stars of yesteryear, Lothar Matthäus and Karl-Heinz Riedle, will be lining up alongside the former Formula 1 and DTM drivers Christian Danner, Pedro Lamy and Nicola Larini. The Legends category racers and the 21 drivers in the junior and professional categories will face quite a challenge in Nuremberg. The Norisring circuit may be short, at just 2.3 kilometers, but the challenge lies in the fact that its surface is uneven and it has a lack of run-off areas. This calls for the utmost precision behind the wheel and a great deal of accelerator pedal discipline in the biogas Scirocco with up to 285 hp (210 kW).

Key facts about the Nuremberg race in brief

Racing in Nuremberg is like coming home for the German record-holding football player Lothar Matthäus (51, 150 caps). The two-time World Player of the Year and 1990 World Cup winner was born in nearby Erlangen, making him a Franconian through and through. The 51-year-old got a taste for racing in last year's Race of Champions in Düsseldorf, behind the wheel of a Volkswagen up!. His former fellow national squad player Karl-Heinz Riedle (46, 42 caps) was likewise in the German team that clinched the 1990 World Cup title. The former striker has already driven a Cup Scirocco twice, coming fifth overall in a 2010 charity race in Adria, Italy, and then winning a celebrities race in Munich's Olympic Stadium last year

Christian Danner(54) is now a Formula 1 expert for the German TV channel RTL, but in his time he raced in 36 Formula 1 races. He then competed in the DTM from 1988 to 1996, scoring five victories – one of which was on the Norisring as an Alfa driver in 1995 – and making it onto the winners' rostrum 19 times. Nicola Larini (48) competed in 49 Formula 1 Grands Prix, and then likewise went on to be a successful DTM driver. He clinched the championship title in his first year in 1993, and with 18 race victories under his belt, he is ranked fifth in the list of the all-time greats. Formula 1 and the DTM were also major milestones in the career of Pedro Lamy (40), who competed in 32 and 26 races respectively. His track record also includes four victories in the Nürburgring 24 Hours. Lamy is heading to Nuremberg in top form, having won the GTE Am category at the 24 Hours of Le Mans last weekend

The Norisring is Germany's only street circuit and is otherwise known as the "Franconian Monaco”. The track, which now measures 2.3 kilometers, has been used for racing since 1947, initially only for motorbike races, but then also for cars as of 1948

It takes about two weeks to convert eight kilometers of public roads in Nuremberg into the racetrack, drivers' paddock and run-off areas. This includes installing around five kilometers of triple crash barriers and approximately 100 concrete walls; work which is carried out by up to 50 people. There will be more than 1,000 officials and safety staff working to make sure the race goes off smoothly over the weekend

The Norisring fixture is the race that really puts the cars' brakes to the test in the Scirocco R-Cup season, thanks to its long straights and two hairpin bends. The internally ventilated large steel brake pads on the front axle (362 mm in diameter) enable the cars to brake very late ahead of the two hairpin bends, heating up to as much as 500 degrees Celsius in the process

Ola Nilsson (24) is heading to Nuremberg as the top-ranking driver. With four race victories and 230 points already under his belt, the Swede is comfortably in the lead at this halfway point. His first win in Hockenheim was followed by fourth place on the Lausitzring and then further successes at Brands Hatch (GB) and in the two races in Spielberg

Nilssonis the favorite to win in Nuremberg – not only because of his most recent successes: the 24-year-old already proved that he likes the Norisring too by winning there last year. Stefano Proetto came second last year, followed by Mateusz Lisowski, who later went on to win the Cup

In addition to the more seasoned Pro Cup drivers, there are also up-and-coming drivers born between 1988 and 1995 who are competing in their own category, the Junior Cup. The Pole Jakub Litwin (22) is currently at the top of the leader board with 182 points, followed by Kasper Jensen of Denmark (178 points) and Fabian Danz of Switzerland (161 points)

Dutch rally driver Kevin Abbring is making a guest appearance in the Volkswagen Scirocco R-Cup. The 23-year-old is competing in a number of World Rally Championship races in a Škoda Fabia S2000 for the Volkswagen factory team this season. He won the S2000 category in the legendary Monte Carlo Rally

The Norisring is a home fixture for Scirocco R-Cup newcomer Lukas Schreier, who hails from Donauwörth, which is just under 100 kilometers from Nuremberg. At a tender 16 years of age, he is the youngest driver in the field of starters by Nuremberg's Dutzendteich. But he will be coming to the Norisring with some new-found confidence, having secured his first ever podium finish in last weekend's racing on the Red Bull Ring, finishing third in the second race of the world's most environmentally friendly one-make racing series

You can watch a live stream of all the Volkswagen Scirocco R-Cup races with the iPhone app or online, and you can also choose between an English or a German commentary. The racing action is broadcast at www.volkswagen-motorsport.com/livestream

Statements on the race in Nuremberg

Volkswagen Motorsport Director Jost Capito: "The Norisring race is a highlight in the Volkswagen Scirocco R-Cup calendar every year. There's a unique atmosphere on this tight street circuit and it's lined by more than 100,000 spectators, making the event something quite special for everyone involved. Once again, we have some fantastic Legends drivers this year. The day before the Euro final, the former football world champions Lothar Matthäus and Karl-Heinz Riedle will be competing against each other behind the wheel of a Cup Scirocco. And then there's also Christian Danner, Nicola Larini and Pedro Lamy, who are anything but pushovers. They are all familiar with the Norisring, having raced in the DTM, so they will be some stiff competition for the regular drivers in the Scirocco R-Cup.”

Ola Nilsson, Pro Cup driver: "I really like the Norisring. Not only because I won here last year, but also because there's such a unique atmosphere here with all the crowds. Most of all, I hope to do well in the qualifying session, because that's crucial here on the Norisring. Last year, most of the racers in the field were within a second of each other. I can't afford to make any mistakes in the actual race either. But that's not all that easy thanks to the track's uneven asphalt and the tight hairpin bends. But I reckon I can handle these conditions. My clear aim is to win again this year.”

Lukas Schreier, Junior Cup driver: "The Norisring race is the race of the year for me. I only live about an hour's drive from Nuremberg, so I'm expecting a lot of friends and family to be there, and that will hopefully give me an extra boost of motivation. I've been a spectator at the Norisring a number of times and I was really impressed by the atmosphere there. My first ever podium finish at the Red Bull Ring recently has motivated me to work even harder on my mental approach, my driving style and my fitness. It meant a lot to me to go into the mini break half way through the season with a success under my belt.”

Christian Danner, Legends driver: "I'm simply looking forward to actually racing again, instead of just commentating. What's more, the Norisring is the highlight of the racing calendar in terms of atmosphere – it really is the DTM's version of Monaco. And then there's the fact that both I and Nicola Larini have won here in the past, back when we were active DTM drivers. So it'll be interesting to see who's out in front on Saturday.”

Pedro Lamy, Legends driver: "It's great to be back in Germany to race, because I have fond memories of my time here. I was the German Formula 3 champion in 1992, and I raced in the DTM in 2000 and 2001. So I'm really looking forward to racing round the Norisring in the Volkswagen Scirocco R-Cup. I always liked this track, because it's atmosphere really is unbeatable. Last weekend, I was racing a GT sports car in Le Mans, so it's quite an adjustment to now switch to a small street circuit and a one-make series car with front-wheel drive. But this kind of variety is exactly what makes motorsport so great.”

Nicola Larini, Legends driver: "At the start of the 2011 Scirocco R-Cup season in Hockenheim, I won the Legends category and came third overall. So I'm hoping to continue in this vein in this race. I've been enthusiastic about bio natural gas for some time now. It's a positive development and I hope more and more manufacturers will follow suit. I also like the push-to-pass button – they should definitely introduce that to other racing series too. I really like the Norisring. I scored DTM victories there back in 1993 and 1994.”

Karl-Heinz Riedle, Legends driver: "I'm really looking forward to this third opportunity for me to drive a Cup Scirocco. I had a fantastic time when I raced in Adria and Munich, so I can hardly wait to get behind the wheel in Nuremberg. I'm also very excited about being up against my former national teammate Lothar Matthäus. We'll soon see who out of the two of us is better on the racetrack.”

Schedule, 6th race, Nuremberg

Friday, 29 June 2012
15.30–16.00 Scirocco R-Cup practice session (30 min.)

Saturday, 30 June 2012
08.50–09.20 Scirocco R-Cup qualifying session (30 min.)
13.35–14.05 Scirocco R-Cup race


TV schedule (CEST)

Saturday, 30 June 2012
16.00–16.45 Sport1 Scirocco R-Cup race (repeat)

Sunday, 1 July 2012
20.00–21.00 Sport1 "DTM – Das Rennen” with Scirocco R-Cup

Monday, 2 July 2012
morning n-tv Sports news

Wednesday, 4 July 2012
00.05–00.30 n-tv "PS Spezial – Motorsport pur”
19.45–20.15 Sport1 "News – Motorsport Spezial”

Saturday, 7 July 2012
17.30–18.00 Sport1 "DTM – Das Magazin” with Scirocco R-Cup

Sunday, 8 July 2012
07.30–07.55 n-tv "PS Spezial – Motorsport pur” (repeat)

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