As I've said , I've been attending the public sessions for years but one thing that is obvious to me is that the standard of driving has dropped considerably and the level of aggression has raised beyond belief .
I didn't even bother trying to go on the track this year , I just stood and watched , or at least I did the odd times the track was open as it was closed most of the time , first session on Sunday lasted 40 mins before being closed for the next 90 mins because of recovery of cars .
The place is more popular than ever and due to the availability of very quick cars on finance deals everyone thinks they are the best driver on the track . Throw the enthusiasts who build their own cars , sometimes not that well due to lack of funds or knowledge and it's just dangerous . There's plenty of new cars capable of reaching 150mph on certain parts of the track mixing it with cars that can barely crack 110 mph on the autobahn with a 5 min run up .
I've only ever driven the place at 8 tenths of my ability mindful that there may be a problem around the corner , most I've seen drive at 11 tenths , not having read the rules before buying a ticket . I've been passed on the wrong side , had cars and bikes drive straight across in front of me and cars nearly run in the side of me at Adenau .
The place is nuts but great fun if you get it right , if anyone does plan a visit drive it like you'll drive a unknown road . Don't try to drive on the racing line on a tourist day , there isn't one as it's a public toll road , and remember that if you knock a biker down or run one over around a blind corner you probably will be pursued by your insurer for all costs paid out
This is what makes me back off .
And read the rules on the sign beside the ticket office before you buy a ticket , it may put you off .