Lidsey returns to the track
Lidsey returns to the track

More than two months since he was last in race action, British driver Brett Lidsey will make an incredibly welcome track return at Germany’s awesome Nurburgring-Nordschleife this coming Saturday, during the annual ROWE ADAC 6h Ruhr Cup.

Delighted to be back racing in the massively popular Nurburgring Endurance Series, having been forced to miss the previous two rounds, the 29-year-old from Northfleet is also making a move into the highly competitive VT2 class.

Becoming a podium finisher in the SP10 class for GT4 specification cars during his previous outing in the series back in June with an excellent third place finish, Lidsey now moves from Sorg Rennsport’s BMW M4 GT4 to the team’s BMW 330i.

Built specifically for competition in the VT2 class, which features production cars with an engine capacity between 2-litres and 3-litres, and a turbocharger, the BMW 330i Lidsey will drive brings another new challenge for the Liftout, Dornack, GPL Projects Ltd and Certus Security backed racer.

This coming Saturday’s six-hour race is one of the highlight events each year of the Nurburgring Endurance Series, and for this season’s instalment Lidsey will be partnered by fellow Briton Moran Gott, Turkish driver Emir Asari and Andrew Engelmann from the USA.

Gott, of course, teamed-up with Lidsey and Ivan Berets in last year’s six-hour and the trio almost claimed class victory in a BMW M240i – taking second place despite an unfortunate issue with the traction control during the closing stages.

“I really can’t wait to be back at the Nordschleife, the last couple of months has felt more like a couple of years to be honest!”, said Lidsey, “It was always going to be a challenging year for us with the finances after the impact of COVID-19 and while it was disappointing to miss the last two rounds, it’s fantastic to be back for the six-hour race.

“Racing in the GT4 was a lot of fun, it’s a great car, but the opportunity to move across to VT2 and race with Moran, Emir and Andrew in the BMW 330i this weekend is a fantastic one. It’s another change for me, but one I really am looking forward to – I think we’ve got a great chance to do well.”

Looking ahead to the coming weekend’s action, in the VT2 class alone around 20 cars are expected to take the start of the ROWE ADAC 6h Ruhr Cup. In total, the combined grid across all classes is likely to be in excess of 120 cars, underlining the prestige of the Nurburgring Endurance Series.

“There really is nothing else like racing at the Nurburgring-Nordschleife, it’s a privilege actually and great to be able to compete against so many top drivers and teams from across the world”, Lidsey added, “I’ll need to adapt to the new car pretty quickly in qualifying, but I’m sure we’ll be up to speed in no time and I’m definitely aiming for a big result on our return.”