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    Default Airborne GTR Takes Out Spectator @ the 'Ring

    This corner, the flug platz (the "air field") is the most popular spectator gathering place on the track. There is an abrupt crest here that causes many cars to fully lift from the road surface.


    Flugplatz (lit. "Flying Place", but means "air field", a small airport)[edit]

    The Nordschleife is known for its abundance of sharp crests, causing fast-moving, firmly-sprung racing cars to jump clear off the track surface at many locations. Although by no means the most fearsome, Flugplatz is perhaps the most aptly (although coincidentally) named and widely remembered. The name of this part of the track comes from a small airfield, which in the early years was located close to the track in this area. Chris Irwin's career was ended following a massive accident at Flugplatz, in a Ford 3L GT sports car in 1968. Manfred Winkelhock flipped his March F2 car at the same corner in 1980. The Flugplatz is one of the most important parts of the Nürburgring because it is followed by two very fast right handers which lead to comes one of the the fastest sections of the track: a downhill straight called Kottenborn that leads to a very fast curve called Schwedenkreuz (Swedish Cross). Drivers are flat for some time here.
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