Formula 1 driver Robert Kubica will make his racing debut on the legendary Nordschleife on Saturday (March 27) in the first race of the season for the Nürburgring Endurance Series (NLS) with PROsport Racing. For the 36-year-old Pole, racing the Porsche Cayman will be his first step towards obtaining the Nordschleife permit. The A permit, so to speak the full-throttle license for the legendary Nordschleife, allows to compete in more powerful GT3 sports cars.
With PROsport Racing, Robert Kubica, like last year the test and reserve driver for the Formula 1 team of Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN, has chosen an experienced partner to complete the permit course. Since the introduction of the Nordschleife permit in 2015, more than 50 race drivers have successfully obtained the permit racing the PROsport Porsche Cayman, the proven and reliable “driving school race car” with 285 hp. These include the Le Mans winners Andre Lotterer and Earl Bamber, Porsche works driver Matt Campbell, the former DTM runner-up Jamie Green and the current DTM brothers Sheldon and Kelvin van der Linde.
Robert Kubica, from Krakow, who also did the first laps with the new Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN C41 in Barcelona in February, enjoyed the demanding Nordschleife during the two DTM race weekends last year at the Nürburgring when he also drove numerous laps through the “Green Hell” in a road car. The desire of the 97-time Grand Prix racer to contest races on this unique racetrack is what the Pole wants to turn into reality this season and now he begins the “Nordschleife adventure” with PROsport Racing.
Robert Kubica about the Nordschleife
“This circuit is incredible! These curves – madness. It’s a completely different kind of motorsport.”
Team principal Christoph Esser
“We are of course very proud to be able to welcome Robert Kubica, a Formula 1 driver, to our team. We have prepared our Cayman in the best possible way. for the new season so that Robert can get his permit step by step.”
The first test session was originally planned for last Saturday, but the event was canceled due to weather conditions.
PROsport Racing has been one of the established and successful teams on the Nürburgring Nordschleife since 2005. Furthermore, the team based in Wiesemscheid, close to the Nürburgring, won the driver and team title twice in the 24h GT Series, took three titles in the GT4 European Championship and, with Max Hesse, was the best rookie in the ADAC TCR Germany in 2018. In addition to the commitment at the Nürburgring, which also includes the 24h race, PROsport Racing will be fielding two Aston Martin Vantage in the DTM Trophy in the 2021 season, will be competing again in the 24h Series and for the first time in the Ultimate Cup in France.