The demand for track time exceeds the current supply in Germany, and therefore construction has started of the Bilster Berg Drive Resort, a new circuit which should provide an alternative for the famous Nürburgring.
The circuit is being constructed at the grounds of a former British/NATO ammunition depot in the Teutoburger Forest near Bad Driburg, in the eastern part of North Rhine-Westphalia.
The € 34 million Bilster Berg Drive Resort is initiated by Marcus Graf von Oeynhausen-Sierstorpff and financed without any public means. It will boost the local tourism and will significantly contribute to a technology and knowledge transfer in the region.
With the involvement of Porsche and rally driver Walter Röhrl, Hermann Tilke has designed the 4.2 kilometers long circuit and adapted it to the natural topography. The track lay-out, different racing lines and a total difference in altitude of 70 meters ensure a continuous challenge for the drivers. The resort also features an off-road area.
The track can be divided into a 1.8 km long Western Loop and the 2.4 km long Eastern Loop. The Eastern Loop is the faster part of the track. The Western Loop is more demanding and has a downward gradient of 26 percent and the largest upward gradient of 20 percent.
The circuit is especially aimed at automotive companies, racing teams, driver training services and manufacturer launch events. Garages can be rented in the resort which will provide for all-year-long storage, whilst maintenance support will also be available on-site by experienced motorsport partners both for modern and historic vehicles.
The Bilster Drive Resort is on schedule to be open by July 2012 and it’s already a big success. Almost all available days for 2012 have been booked in advance.
For more information visit the webpage of the Bilster Berg Drive Resort.