VLN is the acronym
for Veranstaltergemeinschaft Langstreckenpokal Nürburgring,
or The Association of Organisers of the Endurance Racing Cup on
the Nürburgring. It is also still widely used for the series
of 10 races they organize, even though this was renamed to "BFGoodrich
Langstreckenmeisterschaft (BFGLM)", or BFGoodrich Endurance
Championship, in 2001.
The VLN series
is closely associated with the 24 Hours Nürburgring,
as it has similar rules (again), and mainly the same participants.
In the calendar, several weeks around the 24h
date in May/June are taken off to allows teams to prepare for the
to fix their cars afterwards. The 24h
is not part of the championship anymore, though.
was founded in 1977 to join the efforts of ten Motorsport-Clubs,
which are members of ADAC or Deutscher Motorsportverband (DMV).
Previously, each club had run its own touring car racing event on
lasting for 3.5 to 6 hours, with about 150 cars and 400 drivers
taking part. The rules were unified and the races were made part
of a series. The winners of the series were awarded a Cup (German
Pokal), sponsored by Veedol lubrication products. Due to this, both
were simply called "Veedol-Cup" for many years. Since
the change of sponsorship and it the official recognition by Deutscher
Motor Sport Bund (DMSB) as the German endurance championship
(German Meisterschaft) in 2001, the former Veedol Langstreckenpokal
Nürburgring is now the BFGoodrich Langstreckenmeisterschaft
Nürburgring. The name of the VLN organisation stays the same,
though, which is reflected by their website addresses and title.
Each VLN race
is held as a "one day event" on Saturdays only, in order
to limit costs. The drivers briefing is at 7:45, practice is from
8:30 to 10:00. The race starts at 12:00. After parc
fermé is opened and the winners are honoured, the teams
can travel home on race day. At some events, the schedule also accommodates
additional sprint races of visiting other series, mainly Classic
cars and Youngtimers.
The "6 hours"
are considered the season highlight - in 1998, even Sir Jack Brabham
took part, at age 72. Here, 2 to 4 drivers per cars are entered,
while in all others races, a single driver can drive all alone for
4 hours, or up to 3 can form a team. Another highlight is the last
race, also called "Schinkenrennen", as large pieces of
Ham from the Münsterland area are presented to the winners
of the various classes, to the delight of the hungry team members.
of VLN races range from amateurs in small road legal cars with roll
cages and harnesses to professional factory teams racing ex-DTM
cars, or Porsche 996 GT3 RSR as in the 24 Hours of Le Mans and similar
Renngemeinschaft Düren e.V. DMV
AC Altkreis Schwelm e.V. im ADAC
MSC Adenau e.V. im ADAC
Dortmunder MC e.V. im ADAC
Rheydter Club für Motorsport e.V. DMV
MSC Ruhr-Blitz Bochum e.V. im ADAC
MSC Sinzig e.V. im ADAC
AC Monheim e.V. DMV
MSC Münster e.V. DMV
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