Organisation, Facts and Figures

A gigantic team is necessary for organising the ADAC TOTAL 24h Race. To make for a successful event, the effort on and aloof from the track is enormous. Race control, organisation, marshals, safety stuff and the competitors – they all contribute to the success. Birgit Arnold, member of the organisation management, and Manfred Strack, the operative project manager of the biggest motor-racing event in the world, come up with expressive figures.
Race control
35 Staff members form the race-control team. The inner circle also comprises – apart from the Race Director and head of organisation – the head of track safety, the head of medical operations as well as the race-control assistants and secretaries.
130 People are working for the extended organisation, such as the stewards, scrutineers and the technology committee. Furthermore document-approval helpers and driver information, welcome centre / check in, time keepers, presentation ceremony Parc Fermé, camping organisation, support programme, runners – and far more.
960 Marshals are positioned all around the Nordschleife – split into 17 sections. Responsible for the coordination are 32 section chiefs and their deputies.
80 Marshals are working in the pit lane. Since 2014 they have been wearing protective gear: fire resistant overalls as well as helmets and reflective armlets and reflective vests.
35 Officials are busy at the other side of the pit lane to control the paddock activities and make sure – for instance – that the safety regulations are complied with.
30 Persons are driving the shuttle vehicles that the team members, marshals, journalists and VIPs from one place to the other.
35 Marshals are necessary for the pre-start and the starting grid, another 20 will control the Parc Fermé on Sunday.
1.800 That’s the number of guests from all over Germany the ADAC will welcome for the town-club meeting held within the framework of the 24h Race.
52 DMSB-Staffel members will be working in shifts to be able to give on-track aid as fast as possible. They are on site in 11 S vehicles.
30 Persons are part of the intervention team that safeguards crash sites to allow for extrication and other rescue measures. This year, four intervention-team Audis A6 Avant are positioned around the track. Furthermore, another five Audis A6 Avant Medical Cars are used to enable the emergency medics to get even faster to the crash sites.
30 Staff members are the crews of the additional E-Unit safety and rescue vehicles, equipped with oil binders and additional fire extinguishers.
2 Specially equipped extrication vehicles make easier the extrication of competitors that possibly could have suffered spinal injuries.
30 Experts are responsible for salvaging stranded or damaged vehicles. They are positioned around the circuit, equipped with tow trucks and salvage tractors. Two of the vehicles are equipped with compressors, rammers and specially trained staff to be able to repair bigger crash-barrier damages right away.
In the case of emergencies
100 Medics and paramedics that are working in shifts represent the ADAC TOTAL 24h-Race medical corps. Eight emergency vehicles are positioned around the circuit and in the fully equipped medical centre, a team of emergency medics, surgeons, anaesthetists and paramedics is ready at any time. Further five emergency vehicles, two doctors and more than 30 paramedics are responsible for the exterior area. Several hospitals are on the alert, an emergency helicopter is position next to the medical centre.
90 Fire fighters are on site at the Nürburgring: Eight vehicles are positioned around the circuit (one of them extra at the refuelling station for alternative fuels), three of them tank fire engines in the exterior area.
100 Is the maximum of patients that can be looked after in the case of a major catastrophe by a lebE (life-threatening situation) trailer made available by the Red Cross.
150 Full-time employees are working to support the Nürburgring 1927 GmbH & Co. KG during the ADAC TOTAL 24h Race. By attending to everything from the circuit administration up to issuing keys they make sure that the huge motor-racing venue with its numerous areas is kept operational.
600 Helpers of the track organisers are needed for operating the box offices and controlling the gates during the event.
680 Mobile toilets have been positioned around the Nordschleife.
60.000 Parking spaces for passenger cars can be found around the 25.378-kilometre combination of GP circuit and Nordschleife.
1,5 Mio. Square metres of camping sites are available for the visitors.
9 km Curbs, the all have to be re-coloured and the complete edge markings on both sides of the track also must be re-coloured.
18 km Of hoardings are needed to mark the restricted areas.
10.000 Working hours have to be executed by 60 persons in the run-up to the event until everything is organised and assembled.
6.000 m Of hoardings are used to protect nature-protection areas.
146 Showers are available for the visitors.
144 Water Toilets are available for the visitors.
1062 cbm Water barrels and 15 10cbm water tanks provide water for the visitors.
62 Mobile flood-light masts make for the illumination.
158 Vehicles can be found on this year’s 24h Race entry list. Exactly the figure that has been allowed to contest the race, following the scrutineering. The cars will be raced by some 580 drivers from 32 countries. Altogether, the grid features vehicles of 22 manufacturers.
210 Vehicles will contest the ADAC 24h-Classic race. In the three-hour race, about 450 drivers will race vehicles from five decades.
174 Vehicles of the ‘Rundstrecken Challenge’ (RCN) kick the event off with their performance test that also is contested by about 400 drivers.
27 Competitors will be on the grid of the FIA World Touring Car Cup (WTCR), that will contest its three championship races (three laps each) at the Nordschleife in the 24h-Race support programme.
13 Vehicles will contest the two Audi Sport Seyffarth R8 LMS Cup races that will be contested – other than all the other races of the weekend – only on the GP circuit.
80.000 Sausages and seven to eight tonnes of French fries will be eaten on the four days of the event around the circuit.
The figures are approximate data. Due to short-notice retirements or additional demand, the number of persons can fluctuate. For clarity reasons, several function areas have been emitted and so, there is an addition discrepancy. Altogether, some 2500 persons are working in the 24h-Race organisation.