The comparatively easy access to the grid and pit lane is a big pull for spectators, and something that sets it apart from lots of other motorsports, with all 160 cars and drivers swamped with thousands of fans - as close as 30 minutes before the race start.
As for the race itself, fans are guaranteed high drama, thanks in part to the Nüburgring’s notorious weather, which this year saw a blisteringly hot start followed by a hailstorm. Mayhem ensued, with many teams seeing months of preparation go up in smoke within an hour of the start as their cars skidded off the track, and a red flag was shown.
Our sister site, Autosport, has the report of a dramatic win for Mercedes-Benz. I saw the action unfold with Porsche; neither of its 911 GT3 R cars - based on the 911 GT3 RS - finished the race.
Even a team with as rich a motorsport history as Porsche can struggle to tame the Nordschleife in this incredibly trying format, where there are so many external factors to contend with.
It's high stakes in endurance racing, and the Nürburgring's mix of brilliant atmosphere, eclectic fans, stunning scenery and packed-out grid makes it a special event to witness.
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