With a number of lead changes, cold deformations in a non-threatening setting, fierce battles for places and a fight for overall victory that was well worth seeing, the rebirth of the legendary 1000-km race on the overall circuit at the Nürburgring on Saturday, September 18, 2021, provided gripping motorsport.
The race started at 12:00 noon - at 6:45 p.m. it was waved off after 6 hours and 45 minutes... if the teams had driven two more laps, the 1000km would have been completed in full. So the set maximum time ended the revival of the long-distance classic.
First across the finish line was the team: Kersten Jodexnis, Robin Chrzanowski, Dr. Eddy Althoff and Andy Gülden in the Porsche 934/5.
The winners were followed by Reggiani Ivan and Jvan Jacoma in the Porsche Carrera 964 Cup and Jürgen Rudolph, Michael Kneben and Heiko Hamel in the Porsche 964 Cup.
Until one lap before the end Peter Schumann, Jürgen Schümann, Joachim Kiesch and Olaf Manthey in the mighty BMW 635 CSI were still in the lead.
They fought hard and gave each other nothing - when the BMW passed the announcer's booth at the start/finish on the last lap with the bumper hanging and the apron tilted, the many spectators in the stands and at the pit lane knew that the race was decided.
Results 1000 km Nürburgring
Of course, the overall victory was celebrated with champagne - new heroes of the 1000km were born, the legend continues. All the teams were thrilled.
In the Revival Sprint on Friday - the day before - Dr. Oliver Hartmann in the Elva/Lotus 17 won ahead of Georg Hallau in the Lotus 23 and Jochen Wilms with his fast Lister Jaguar Knobbly.
REsults Revival Sprint
A special category honored the organizers for the return of the 1000km in 2021 quite deliberately and with attention to the drivers with historic racing cars from the early years es 1000km race. Two original silver cups from the fifties were awarded as "Gentlemen-Drivers-Cups".
They were awarded to the pilots who entered the fray for meters and seconds with their particularly 1000km race-authentic vehicles in a particularly fair, stylish and yet competitive manner.
For the starter group of the Friday Sprint Revival Bernd Langewiesche with the Lotus Mark IX received the Gentleman Trophy and for the 1000km race of Saturday the team Uwe Biegner and Patrick Morgenstern in the Porsche 356A got the Gentleman-Drivers Cup.
Saturday evening at the Nürburgring was then all about an atmospheric award ceremony for many more teams and for a successful conclusion to the 1000km weekend.