Porsche’s Timo Bernhard lapped the 20.832-kilometer Nurburgring Nordshleife circuit in 5 minutes and 19.55 seconds at an average speed of 233.8 km/h. Revered as the world’s most difficult track, the Nurburgring is known the world over as the benchmark for performance driving. The new record is nearly a minute faster than the previous record, which had stood for 35 years.
Bernhard is not new to the Nurburgring, having won its 24-hour race five times with overall wins. He’s also taken two outright wins at the Le Mans 24 Hours and is the world-reigning World Endurance Champion thanks to the Porsche 919 Hybrid. Bernhard considers the late Stefan Bellof, previous Nurburgring record holder, as a mentor and idol. “For me Stefan Bellof is and remains a giant”, he emphasises. “Today my respect for his achievement with the technology available back then increased even more.”