919 Tribute Tour: Timo Bernhard breaks 35-year-old Nordschleife record

Another milestone on the 919 Tribute Tour! It was 29 June 2018. The 919 Hybrid Evo was on the starting grid at the Nürburgring to write motorsport history once again. The mission was to set a new record on the 20.832-kilometre Nordschleife circuit. The driver was Timo Bernhard, 37, two-time Le Mans winner and the reigning World Endurance Champion. The result was a time of 5:19.55 minutes at an average speed of 233.8 km/h. This is a new circuit record! It meant that Timo Bernhard had beaten the previous record time set by Stefan Bellof by a margin of 51.58 seconds.

“This is a tremendous moment for me and for the whole team. It is the crowning glory of the 919 programme,” said Timo Bernhard with great delight. “The Evo was perfectly prepared, and I gave it my all on this lap. The aerodynamic contact pressure meant that I was able to drive at full speed on some sections on which I would never previously have contemplated going so fast. I really am very familiar with the Nordschleife. But today I got to know it all over again,” emphasised the five-time overall winner of the 24 Hour Race at the Nürburgring.

Review: On 28 May 1983, the legendary driver Stefan Bellof set the record time of 6:11.13 minutes in his 620 hp Rothmans Porsche 956 on a practice lap on the Nordschleife. This was a circuit record that was set to last for 35 years and 31 days. “For me Stefan Bellof is and remains a giant,” explained Bernhard after setting his record. “My respect for his achievement with the technology that existed at the time has become even greater today.”

Like almost no other racing circuit, the Nürburgring together with its legendary Nordschleife places supreme demands on materials and the skill of the driver. The challenging route weaving its way through the densely wooded and winding terrain of the Volcanic Eifel region is unforgiving and always presents a real challenge even for consummate professionals.

(Deutsch) Porsche LMP Team: Timo Bernhard
This is a tremendous moment for me and for the whole team. It is the crowning glory of the 919 programme
Timo Bernhard
Porsche 919 Tribute - preparations before the start
Porsche 919 Tribute - The 919 Hybrid on the racetrack
Porsche 919 Tribute - The 919 Hybrid on the racetrack
Porsche 919 Tribut - The Nürburgring
Porsche 919 Tribute - The 919 Hybrid on the racetrack
Porsche 919 Tribute - The 919 Hybrid at the pit stop
Porsche 919 Tribute - The 919 Hybrid on the racetrack
Porsche 919 Tribute - The 919 Hybrid on the racetrack
Porsche 919 Tribute - The 919 Hybrid on the racetrack
Porsche 919 Tribute - The Porsche Racing Team
Porsche 919 tribute - The new Nürburgring track record
Porsche 919 Tribute - Timo Bernhard
Porsche 919 tribute - celebrate after the victory
(Deutsch) Nordschleifenrekord Porsche 919 Hybrid Evo
(Deutsch) Team Nürburgring 2018 New Record 919 Hybrid Timo Bernhard
(Deutsch) Nürburgring-Nordschleife 2018
(Deutsch) Timo Bernhard breaks Nordschleife record
(Deutsch) Porsche LMP Team: Nordschleifenrekord von Timo Bernhard im Porsche 919 Hybrid Evo
(Deutsch) Porsche LMP Team: Andreas Seidl, Teamchef
(Deutsch) Timo Bernhard breaks Nordschleife record
(Deutsch) Porsche 919 Hybrid Evo, Porsche LMP Team: Timo Bernhard, Nürburgring-Nordschleife
(Deutsch) Porsche 919 Hybrid Evo Norschleife Record
(Deutsch) Porsche LMP Team: Stephen Mitas, Technischer Projektleiter
(Deutsch) Nordschleife record 919 Hybrid Evo Back View
(Deutsch) Porsche LMP Team: Nordschleifenrekord von Timo Bernhard im Porsche 919 Hybrid Evo
(Deutsch) Porsche LMP Team: Timo Bernhard
(Deutsch) Porsche 919 Hybrid Evo, Porsche LMP Team: Timo Bernhard, Nürburgring-Nordschleife

Records have been set, heroes have been celebrated and legends have been born at the Nürburgring for as long as anyone can remember. The 919 Hybrid boasts an impressive track record of victories at the Eifel circuit which is so steeped in history. When the World Endurance Championship made its first appearance in Germany in 2015, the two Porsche teams claimed a rousing first and second place finish. First on the podium were Hartley, Bernhard and Bamber. Dumas, Jani and Lieb occupied second place. The successful trio of Bernhard/Hartley/Webber were again the first to cross the finish line in 2016, and the sister car finished in fourth place. The next first and second place finish came in 2017. Once again Bernhard, Hartley and Webber had their noses in front, closely followed by the Porsche trio of Jani, Lotterer and Tandy.

The 919 Tribute Tour continues – be part of it! The next stop is the 25 Hour VW Fun Cup at the Spa-Franchorchamps race circuit from 6 - 8 July 2018.