Great news: The Nürburgring Nordschleife just opened up for tourist drives after being closed all winter. Not-so-great news: A massive storm knocked down a bunch of trees and scattered debris along the track, forcing organizers to shut it down to clean everything up.
On the first day of tourist sessions, March 9th, things went off mostly without a hitch, save for and , both of which required tow trucks. The following day, however, was much more eventful, with heavy rains and hazardous winds. Debris from the woodlands covered the track, and massive trees fell onto its impact barriers. In at least one instance, an especially tall tree blocked the the entire width of the track:
In case you were wondering what the track looked like while it was still open earlier in the day, it wasn't pretty:
The 'Ring isn't set to reopen until Sunday the 17th, giving clean-up crews plenty of time to remove any hazards and fix up the barriers. The Green Hell never ceases to amaze.