Blancpain 1000: Nürburgring

26 September 2013

What a thrilling way to end this year's championship...

Coming into the final round of the Blancpain Endurance Series everything was still to play for, almost all the categories were left undecided. This meant that the final round would be an explosive fight for the final championship positions.

The venue for this final showdown was the Nürburgring – it’s also one of the first European tracks that I’ve visited twice although this time I wasn’t on the amazing Nordschleife, just the Formula One GP layout. This by no means is a particularly bad circuit – far from it really. The views are equally as impressive looking out over the Eifel Mountains in this beautiful part of Germany. One of the best bits of the circuit, in my opinion, was the run into the final chicane. Not only is this is very fast and impressive section of track but the views into the distance were stunning in the right light – which surprisingly enough we were treated to on the weekend!

The real stars of the weekend though was the championship battle and the series itself. The Blancpain Endurance Series has proven again what a superb series it can be, and whilst some of the driving standards this year have sometimes been questionable, the fights for position across the entire grid (and a huge grid at that) has been constantly impressive. Moments like the first lap or so of the race made me realise why I love the series so much – so much variation, so many cars and some great battles across each and every class.

In the final 45 minutes of the race the championship still hadn’t been decided – a battle between the #84 HTP Motorsport Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 and the #3 Marc VDS Racing Team BMW Z4 GT3 meant that driver’s championship was still to play for with Maximilian Buhk and Maxime Martin battling it out on circuit in a dogfight. What a thrilling way to end this year’s championship.

After a full 6 hour battle the #84 HTP Motorsport Mercedes SLS finished in first position giving Maximilian Buhk the Pro drivers championship. The team’s championship would go to the Marc VDS Racing Team #3. You can catch up on the rest of the race here.

I’ll be sure to have an end of season photographic review focusing on the Blancpain Endurance Series, but in the meantime here’s a selection of my favourite shots from the the final round at the Nürburgring. My next event is the Avon Tyres British GT Championship at Donington Park. The Derbyshire based circuit will be home, once again, to what will hopefully be an impressive showdown to decide the championship in both GT3 & GT4.

Coming Soon Avon Tyres British GT Championship Final – Donington Park (GB)