|The Nürburgring Grand Prix track
(GP Strecke) is also
open to the public 6-8pm most weekdays and 10am-4pm on weekends when the track
is not hosting an event. While some will argue that the GP track is
nothing compared to the Ring, it's challenging in its own right, yet more
forgiving thanks to the Grand Prix specification runoff areas. It
is 5.1km long and takes about two minutes to lap.
You drive your own or a hired car for twenty minutes for €30 and there are about twenty cars on track at any time, similar to a session track day. You can buy more than one slot and just rejoin the track when your session ends. There is no booking system, it is first come first served. Unlike a normal track day in the UK, you turn up, buy a ticket, and queue up to get on track. I didn't see anybody get a noise test. I went on a weekday night when the Nordschleife was quite busy and got straight into the next session.
The GP Strecke is accessed by a nondescript road in front of
the Lindner Hotel at the Nurburgring Grand Prix track, at the southwestern end
of the Nordschleife, near the new visitor centre map.
Drive up the road and round the back of the pits, where you will see the ticket
You can also practise driving the GP track on a
free PC game released by BMW to publicise their E92 M3: BMW
M3 Challenge download link (345mb). It's actually very realistic and I
should imagine works well with a force feedback steering wheel. You only
get one car and the GP track, but there is an online race option.