- New race series DMV NES 500
- Five events in 2017
- TMG GT86 CS-Cup authorized to race
A new long-distance race series will be launched in April this year; the National Endurance Series (NES) 500, organized by the German Motor Sports Association (DMV), which already had a pilot race from 14 to 15 October 2016 at the Nürburgring. This year a total of five events are planned in Germany and in neighbouring countries with the opening race at Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium on 16 April. Each race of the DMV NES 500 lasts four hours and is driven over a distance of 500 km.
Touring cars and GT vehicles from 1986 onwards are eligible to participate. They are divided into nine classes. The NES 1 represents the least powerful class and allows a maximum engine displacement of 2000cc and a power weight of at least 7.2kg per horsepower. The strongest class is the NES 9, with a permitted displacement of minimum 5500cc and a power weight of at least 2.8 kg per horsepower. The TMG GT86 CS-Cup is entitled to start with no modifications in the NES 3 with 3000cc displacement and a power weight of at least 5.8kg per horsepower.
Nico Ehlert, Principal Engineer Customer Motorsport TMG: “I am very pleased that our GT86 CS-Cup cars will be able to compete in the DMV NES 500 without any modifications. The race format and the selected tracks sound very attractive. Some of our teams have shown interest already. I wish the organizers and participants a successful debut season 2017 and hope we will see some of our CS-Cup on a few events.”