Dan Thorn profile picture Dan Thorn 7 months ago 16

Touring Car Drivers Hit Each Other Multiple Times During Fast 'Ring Battle

Nestor Girolami, Frederic Vervisch and Rob Huff were involved in some wheel-banging, bum-puckering battles down the long Dottinger Hohe straight at the Nordschleife

Remind me later

Touring car racing is up there with Nascar when it comes to testing the limits of the ‘rubbing is racing’ cliché. But out of all the circuits to try and prove it on, the legendarily difficult and dangerous Nordschleife perhaps isn’t the best place.

Coming down the long, long Dottinger Hohe straight during a WTCR race, Girolami’s Civic and the Audi RS3 of Vervisch made side-by-side contact as they battled over third place, allowing Huff’s Golf to pass the pair of them.

Touring Car Drivers Hit Each Other Multiple Times During Fast 'Ring Battle - Motorsport

Then, on the following lap, Vervisch and Huff did the same thing, each trying to intimidate the other into backing off while having to deal with the complexities of the aero-wash. Somehow, the argy-bargy didn’t result in what would surely have been a colossal accident.

All three drivers received reprimands for their driving but thankfully, there were no penalties applied. Girolami even praised his rivals for the respect shown and hailed the battles as “the most intense moments of all my life”. We’re not surprised!

A version of this article was originally posted on WTF1