On 10.25.2014 took place a tourist ride for motorcycles and cars on the Hockenheimring in Baden-Württemberg. Here is the report incl. Photos.
Orient what is going on here
According the Internet Cars and bikes should ride alternately, so I was wondering when the next car drove onto the track. The problem was simply that too many were there.
What is the process and the rules of tourists ride?
One buys in a provisionally erected container for 15 euros a ticket for a turn a 15 min. Explains is a nothing and also an information board can not be found. On the back of the card can be found only a short overview:
– In the event include the road rules! Thus, the Hockenheimring is secure and it is one of self-insurance of the vehicle. Therefore, the vehicle must be registered and roadworthy. Tested that was not (as far as I’ve seen it). With a racer but you would not come to the ring, because lack of mirrors and headlights would have been too obvious …
– May overtake only left (was not interested), and the db limit applies here, too, it was actually the rules. Otherwise, there were still so things like that can be filmed and agree to the publication …
How it’s going on the track, what they mean, the flags, what to do in case of an accident, as I remember when the turn is over, how do I get ever again from the track (where is the pit lane entry) was not explained. Here we had to rely on it ask their way among the participants, just to orient the drive to the other or to contact the staff, who were easily recognized by their Hockenheim sweaters.
It applies the Highway Code … What does that mean? May only at 100 km / h can be driven? Highway it’s not … How does it work in an accident? I think with the insurance it is because it was difficult when they hear on the track …
On the race track, with lots and yet alone
Departures were also abundantly, continually saw a yellow flag. For this, there was also no rules of conduct. One saw people on their bikes mess around, just in the curve. Nobody taught himself or his machine in safety. There were no marshals to help because it was not so many as in a race training. Well, it was just not on the track, it is the Highway Code and more secure as on a normal road it was so.
It even stopped drivers in the curve to help. In a race training so what it would not give. On the line is never, absolutely never stopped. No matter what happens!
The turn was then flagged with the black / white flag and you had in the pit lane. Many were also extremely equal of gas. I know this so well not. Normal the round will normally run to the end and then in the pit lane with hands (raise your left hand – sign of slow driving) bent. Not everyone is successful, as many probably did not even know where the black / white flag is swung or he simply overlooked. One or the other has probably not found the pit entry, at least turned Individual morning still an extra round.
For me that’s the only turn was because I had to film and photograph. It was supposed to go on the day only to 16.00 clock but it was still covered. This makes it even came to turn two for motorcycles. Turn right at the last bit was even going on. As you would probably have to really concentrate on the line.
Tourists ride – dangerous or not? – To recommend or not?
I can not give a general answer. This must almost everyone decide for themselves.
The rules are simple too opaque or simply not known. It’s just a gray area but must remain so. Established and enforced rules knitted then no one wants to go there anymore. Then you can also give gas on the highway. If so driven and on the track and it also hedged so, then could only a fraction of the people on the track and the price would rise sharply. The ability for each something to sniff racing air would go so thereby lost. That is what makes it so difficult to judge whether there is now great or bad …
But I’ll definitely go there again and then also hope to create more driving time as at this time.