The new Nurburgring was brought into use mainly because of the difficulty experienced getting safety crews around the old one. After Lauda's accident there were no safety personnel on hand, thus three drivers who had stopped for a variety of reasons took it on themselves to drag Lauda from his burning car.
There was no problem with lack of seeing cars, 300,000 people would attend a GP at the North Circuit.
However, they didn't all necassarily pay, a big problem for the people with a vested interest in raking in money!
"No matter what sentiments you feel for Nurburgring, no matter how roundly you condemn the place, you would have to concede that Hockenheim is no kind of an answer. Niki Lauda's terrible accident in 1976 brought to light the 'Ring's major shortcoming: it is too long to be adequately marshalled. There can be no arguments about that. The situation was summed up by John Watson: "I'd much rather race at the 'Ring, said John Watson, "but I'd rather survive at Hockenheim".
Doesn't stack in the 21st Century, I'm afraid. The marshalls and stewards did a very impressive job during last month's 24hrs. I've seen much less efficiency and speed of response in some short circuit events this year.
Here are the final results. There was chaos at the end, car 11 slows for the line, and car 66 steals third and goes off for another lap. Then a clio cup car smashes into an Porsche idling for the clock to tick over. And the leader breaks down doing doughnuts on the in lap.
Chaos indeed. The Porsche was car 11 running out of fuel. Having passed the leader fending off the Merc (car 66) he needed to complete another lap (lap 155). The hapless Clio tail-boned the Porsche as it crept to a halt (the driver patently distracted by flag waving peeps trackside). Car 66 then needed to complete his 155th lap to cement the third place - which was well earned after a several laps chasing down and tussling with car 11.
Unfortunately the Audi TV and ADAC TV directors were pre-occupied with the winning Audi (Car 3) to capture all of the action. We also missed the winners of the other classes crossing the line.