2013 Nurburgring 24 Hours Date Set

GT3 cars will fly at the Nordschleife for 24 hours once more (Photo Credit: Chris Gurton Photography)

Next year the 41st edition of the Nurburgring 24 Hours will be held – for the first time – from Sunday to Monday on the Pentecost holiday weekend (May 17-20).

The confirmation comes after fears that the famed endurance race around the fearsome Nordschleife could fall foul of the continued uncertainty surrounding the German track following the track’s owner being declared as bankrupt in July.

With the race running onto the Monday for the first time Friday and Saturday will be used for the practice session, with the main event on the Saturday being the return of the popular top-40 shootout qualifying format that made its debut at the 2012 event.

The support races for the weekend as yet to be confirmed. However, a provisional calendar released in late July by the SRO Motorsports Group includes at round of the Avon Tyres British GT Championship at the Nurburgring, the series again supporting the 24 Hours after being part of the weekend for the first time earlier this year.