The WTCC's Nordschleife gamble paid off

The WTCC's Nordschleife gamble paid off

A 17-car field on a 13-mile track - the WTCC's Nurburgring Nordschleife gamble wasn't going to be easy to pull off. STUART CODLING explains how the series made it work

Last weekend world championship motor racing returned to the Nordschleife for the first time since Jacky Ickx and Jochen Mass won the Nurburgring 1000kms in 1983. The circuit hadn't hosted a major international touring car series since the DTM's last visit in 1993.

Decently fast cars. A legendary track. It ought to be an easy win - and yet many people doubted that the World Touring Car Championship's visit to the Eifel mountains would be a success.

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