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Enthusiasts: longtime Norisring race manager Gernot Leistner is dead

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Gernot Leistner, longtime race director at the Norisring and honorary chairman of the motorsport Clubs Nuremberg (MCN) is dead. This gave the MCN known last Sunday on his homepage and in the social networks known .

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Leistner joined the MCN 1951 at the age of 17 and eleven years later was elected to the race director. From 1978 "Mr. Norisring" filled the double role as a race director and club chairman. In 1990 he was also sports director of the Adac North Bavaria.

under the Leistner, which was excellently networked in international motorsport, the Norisring bloomed. He initiated the legendary 200 miles from the Norisring, which were denied by the group C-Bolids of the sports car World Cup in the 1980s. Leistner also brought DRM and DTM to Nuremberg. The latter drove there for the first time in 1984.

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A low point in the era of Leistner is the deadly accident of the Mexican Pedro Rodriguez at the 200-mile race in 1971. The tragedy caused the Norisring for security reasons to the known route length of 2.3 Kilometers was shortened. Only in September 2021 was named in Nuremberg a bridge to Rodriguez.

Rainer Braun honors Gernot Leistner

After "Mr. Norisring" had passed his offices in 2011 in 2011, he was elected honorary chairman of the MCN. To his succession, Leistner had taken care of himself. The death of Leistner also touches reporter legend Rainer Braun.

Braun writes in a personal obituary: "What he and his faithful companions have created over the course of more than 50 years has long since found his place in the history books of the German and international motorsports."

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Under Gernot Leistner flourished the Norisring event on

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and on: "Under Leistner and his team, the Norisring became a cult event in Germany, comparable to Monaco and his F1-GP. Only that in Nuremberg everything was much more uncomplicated and human, contracts still completed by handshake and problems were highly uncomplicated. "

Gernot Leistner received numerous awards for its services. He was the bearer of the Federal Cross of Merit on the Band, the civic medal of the city of Nuremberg and the Ewald-Kroth-Medal in Gold with brilliant of the ADAC. He died after a long disease on 29 September at the age of 87 years.

with image material from ADAC.

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