Nurburgring Endurance Championship - 2016 Season

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2016 iRacing VLN Endurance Championship season
iRacing VLN Endurance Championship
Races 8
Start date May 15, 2016
End date October 23, 2016

Season Information

On the 9th May 2016, Kevin Bobbitt announced in the, now old, forum a new Championship - The iRacing VLN Endurance Championship. Additionally to the forum announcement iRacing also made a trailer for the series:

The car roster for the first season consist of 5 cars in 3 classes. In the GT3 class, the BMW Z4 GT3, Audi R8 LMS and the Mercedes-AMG GT3. The other two classes consists of each the Kia Optima and the Global Mazda MX-5 Cup.

The maximum field size was set to 60 and teams could consist of 1-4 drivers with the Fair Share Rule not in effect. That would mean that drivers could drive the races solo, without getting Disqualified after the race.

Qualifying was a solo qualifying during the whole week in separate qualification sessions, with 45 minute sessions ending on the Saturday prior to the race. The set qualifying time would determine the Splits and Grids for the Sunday race.

Race session were only on Sunday 14:00 GMT at first. After 15 minutes of warm up and time to join the session the gridding for the race was opened for a rolling start from the Döttinger Höhe, near the Touristfahrten Entry. Green Flag was waved for every class at the same time. After the first round iRacing added a second time slot; Sunday 06:00 GMT.

Two drop-weeks were set for this championship, meaning that the 2 worst championship results would not count in the final result and one fast repair allowed per race, that would fix up the car again without loosing time.

Reaction from the Community

A lot of people were looking forward to the series, but quite a lot still complained about the lack of the RUF as a counterpart to the Porsche and that only 5 cars were selected.

The other discussion point was the lack of different time slots for the race. With only having one time slot on Sunday, people from Australia, New Zealand and Asia couldn't take part of the VLN, because the race would start Monday Midnight. But changing it to a Saturday time slot would conflict with the Blancpain Endurance Series (BES) and the real VLN race.


For the first round, there was only the 14:00 GMT time slot. Only after the community demanded more time slots to also cater to the AUS/NZ and Asia time zones, a second time slot was introduced for the second round onwards.

Saturday: 14:00 GMT

Sunday: 06:00 GMT

Round Circuit Duration Date Broadcast
1 De.png Nürburgring Gesamtstrecke VLN 4 hours May 15, 2016 YoutubeButton.png
2 De.png Nürburgring Gesamtstrecke VLN 4 hours June 26, 2016 YoutubeButton.png
3 De.png Nürburgring Gesamtstrecke VLN 4 hours July 17, 2016 YoutubeButton.png
4 De.png Nürburgring Gesamtstrecke VLN 4 hours August 21, 2016 YoutubeButton.png
5 De.png Nürburgring Gesamtstrecke VLN 6 hours September 4, 2016 YoutubeButton.png
6 De.png Nürburgring Gesamtstrecke VLN 4 hours September 25, 2016 YoutubeButton.png
7 De.png Nürburgring Gesamtstrecke VLN 4 hours October 9, 2016 YoutubeButton.png
8 De.png Nürburgring Gesamtstrecke VLN 4 hours October 23, 2016 YoutubeButton.png

Car Classes

Class Cars

Audi R8 LMS

Mercedes-AMG GT3

Kia Optima Kia Optima
Global Mazda MX-5 Cup Global Mazda MX-5 Cup


The class winners of the first iRacing VLN Endurance Championship:

Class Driver
GT3 De.png Kay Kaschube
Kia Optima De.png Marc Elkemann
Global Mazda MX-5 Cup De.png Tobias Czerny


Although the series only had 8 rounds, in the API there are actually 12 rounds with the 9th being at [Legacy] Silverstone Circuit - 2008 - Grand Prix, 10th round at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park, 11th at Nürburgring Combined Gesamtstrecke 24h and the 12th round at Phillip Island Circuit.

Because of the renaming from iRacing VLN Endurance Championship to Nurburgring Endurance Championship for the 2018 Season, the season stats for the 2016 and 2017 are not longer available. Neither on the Website, UI nor API.