On January 22nd, the Vintage Sim Racing community will come together for one of the biggest events of the year – a 4-hour endurance race on the spectacular Deutschlandring circuit in Assetto Corsa.
The action-packed event will feature 37 teams and over 70 drivers from six different communities, all competing in the exciting ACL GTC Mod with Group 3 Grand Touring Cars from the early 1960s. This is a rare opportunity to see some of the most iconic historic sportscars in the world of sim racing going head-to-head on one of the most challenging tracks in the virtual racing world.
Located east of Dresden in the picturesque Saxon Switzerland mountain range on the north shore of the Elbe Valley, the Deutschlandring was designed to set superlatives. Its long straight, banked high-speed curves and winding serpentines drew inspiration from the state of the art for motor racing circuits at the time: Spa-Francorchamps, Brooklands, Monza, Nürburgring, and the Targa Florio. At a length of exactly 10 Kilometers, it covered nearly twice as much elevation as the Nürburgring Nordschleife: a staggering 522 meters.
Its history was short and dark, and it shall never be forgotten. Between 1926 and 1933, the steep Wartenbergstraße had already been used for the Hohnstein hill climb races. Forced labourers were used between 1933 and August 1934 to make this hill climb section wide enough to include it in the Deutschlandring. Construction slowed down afterwards, and an opening ceremony was hastily held in April 1939 with incomplete pits and without any grandstands. Neither the planned 1940 Grand Prix of Germany, nor any other races were ever held at the Deutschlandring. Only the Hohnstein hill climb event made a comeback in 1951, which two competitors did not survive, and it never returned again.
In our virtual motorspots environment, every lap of Fat-Alfie's spectacular Deutschlandring is a grueling test of driver skill, bravery, and endurance. The 4-hour race with only one driver change will push drivers and teams to their limits, as they race against the clock and their competitors to claim victory.
With so many talented drivers and teams on the grid, the competition is sure to be fierce. Expect to see thrilling battles for position throughout the field on new custom TV cameras, as well as some exciting pit stop strategies and driver swaps.
The event promises to be a true spectacle for fans of vintage sim racing, and it is not to be missed. The competition is sure to be fierce, and it is impossible to predict who will come out on top in the end.
For those who can't make it to the track, the race will be live-streamed on Youtube and commentated by two different teams in English and German, providing fans with the opportunity to witness all of the action from the comfort of their own homes.
Mark your calendars, set your reminders and join us on January 22nd as we witness one of the biggest vintage simracing events in 2023, wherein some of the best drivers and teams in the vintage sim racing community will compete for glory on the challenging Deutschlandring circuit.