Press Release Jade Race UG, 06/12/2019

On December 4th we received the news that the Airfield in Mariensiel will no longer be available as a venue for the Jade Race 2020. Of course, after 11 years of successful cooperation with airfield management, all involved authorities and offices as well as the trades around the race, this was an unpleasant surprise that has caused great regret. Especially as the prospect of the continuation of the race event was made in the previous shareholder meeting (district of Friesland and city of Wilhelmshaven).

The reason for the suspension of the event is not due to reservations against the race, but rather due to the quality of the new surface of the track (runway). During the set-up of the race event in July 2019 the new surface reacted to the heavy loads, leaving indentations and imprints. An effect that was clearly not due to use of race vehicles or our service vehicles. After all, the “old” surface had worked without any damage for ten years.

A rectification of the defective surface is certainly recommended even if it is used exclusively for flight operations. Where heavy recovery equipment could also be used, which the surface will also not be able to withstand. Or to put it another way: the bad or faulty quality of a resurfaced motorway or a public road would certainly not be accepted. It is more than annoying that with the loss of the Jade Race the region will lose an attractive race event.

First and foremost, we are thankful for the long-standing trust in the potential and for the fascination of this race event., that has continued to develop into one of the most prominent events in the region of Friesland / Wilhelmshaven. Next to the Nitrolympx with the permanent drag strip at the Hockenheimring, the Jade Race event is the most renowned race of its kind in Germany and has increasingly attracted up to 250 teams from all over Europe. The high level of sporting professionalism and the perfect handling of the complexity of this race event makes the Jade Race attractive for race teams and spectators.

A brief look at the history of this event shows an impressive story: The event has grown steadily since 2007 and we have counted up to 8000 visitors on race days. Many hotels, guest houses and other holiday accommodations in the region were fully booked. Regional businesses have discovered the race event as an effective advertising platform for themselves and, according to their own statement, have gained new customers at the Jade Race. The race event is not only a successful engine and excellent advertisement for the tourist location Friesland, which has gained publicity beyond the borders of the region due to international participation. The technical solutions developed within the framework of the optimisation of our racing vehicles, for example in the field of injection technology, are finding their way back into the industry. In fact, motorsport is still a laboratory and testing ground for technical innovation.

Motorsport is undergoing a radical change in times when environmental awareness and climate protection are playing an increasingly important role. A development that has not left the Jade Race unaffected and which has long been taken into account with the use of clean fuels such as E10 or bio-methanol. In addition, we wanted to send out another signal in the coming year with the introduction of an electric drag racing class. A project for which renowned vehicle suppliers and power suppliers have offered support.

Our interest in e-mobility is also inspired by the world record that was set by students from Stuttgart at the Jade Race in 2015: The acceleration from zero to a hundred in 1.779 seconds with an electric racing car, which secured the track an entry in the Guinness Book of Records.

The Jade Race as a platform for technical innovation, modern vehicle construction and exciting racing events that is a unique entertainment program and that even with the increased environmental awareness is politically endorsed and should be maintained.

An alternative racetrack in the immediate vicinity may in fact be possible. The Jever Air Base, which is no longer used for military flight operations, is basically usable due to a central waiver for motorsports purposes.

The necessary approval by the DMSB (German Motorsports ASN) and the ADAC (Automobil Club of Germany) are available. Should the Commander of the Object Protection Regiment give consent then the Jade Race could have a new home in 2020.

We hope that with the continued political support (District Administrator S. Ambrosy and Environmental Minister Olaf Lies), the authorities and administration and of course the press and the public we will get the chance to continue this successful and profitable event for the region. We are ready to sit at the negotiating table with the responsible persons, to discuss in full transparency the best possible.

Pressemitteilung Jade-Race UG 06122019

Attention in the Pit – Sold Out

Many thanks to all who have secured their starting places in advance. We can announce this year that we are SOLD OUT!

There are no more starting places available. A Registration for the race is no longer possible because of the high number of participants this year.

Visitors and campers can of course purchase their tickets at the gates of the event. We look forward to welcoming you!

arrival information

Due to flight operations ceasing on Thursday 8pm, the setup of the race event will begin in the late hours of Thursday evening, therefore we recommend that race teams plan their arrival at one of the following times:

  • Thursday, 18.07.2019, gates open at 10 pm until ca. 2 am
  • Friday, 19.07.2019, gates open at 9 am until 12am (midnight)

On Thursday evening during the setup of the event the main entrance must be kept clear of traffic, therefore it is imperative for all teams to proceed to the collection site, which is on the car park of the Disco “Twister” in Sande (see picture below). The teams will be welcomed and pre-cleared at the collection site. On Friday teams can proceed directly to the main gate of the track. This year the number of participants again has grown significantly, so we must ensure that the pit area is well organized, therefore we will begin clearing the heavy trucks / lorries first to enter the pit area on Thursday at 10 pm, so they have sufficient space to manoeuvre. The teams with small trucks etc. will follow. We kindly ask for your cooperation and patience. After the teams have set up their pit space, they can proceed to the race office to sign-on for the event.  

Registration record and last starting places

Up until late last night we worked on the last entries. At this point we would like to thank all participants for putting their trust in us. We are thrilled to announce that this year we have a new record with over 200 entries. If you still want enter for the event, you can still register online until Wednesday. We would like to expressly point out that due to the number of entries we will no longer be accepting entries upon arrival at the front gate! The updated entry list is online and can be found here: Starter 2019

JADE RACE CREW

Yesterday we introduced more of our volunteers. Today we would like to introduce further volunteers:
  • Tanja Kuncke, Track Crew
  • Marcel Fitterer, Scrutineer
  • Rik Olschewski, Track Crew
  • Albina Kaiser, Volunteer Setup and dismantling
  • Rene Kaiser, Vounteer Setup and dismantling
  • Tobais Heilig, Scrutineer
One or two have been the crew since the begining 10 years ago and others have joined us over the years. Many Thanks for your contribution!  

JADE RACE CREW

Today we come to the conclusion of the introduction of our crew members. Unfortunately due to lack of consent we where not able to introduce all of our volunteers to you. We would like to express our sincere thanks to all our helpers, that make it possible to accomplish the Jade Race. This includes the responsible authorities that help us to implement the official requirements in order to ensure a safe Event. Finally we would like to introduce the next volunteers:
  • Heike Schuessler, Steward
  • Iris Behrens, Event Organizer
  • Andrea Kloss, Track Crew
  • Rene Kloss, Race Director
  • André Martens, Race Director
  • Michael Behrens, Event Organizer
  • Stefanie Lugner, Steward
One or two have been the crew since the begining 10 years ago and others have joined us over the years. Many Thanks for your contribution!

Preparation and birthday

Today the first crew members arrived for further preparations of the race event. This Weekend we will be preparing the Equipment. But first we will be celebrating Michael Behrens birthday with some good cake and a tasty Greek meal.

Speed record

The Jade-Race will have the following attractions: Dual reinforcement from France this year! Mr. Donald Pottier will attempt to break the track record of 450 km/h with his Jet Car “Armageddon”. Also David Pottier will Display the famous GREEN MONSTER from the USA, which has only just arrived in Europe! A Turbine Dragster that is not propelled forward by the jet stream but rather through a gearbox that drives the wheels Forward. It will be a spectacular fire Show; when both French Drivers heat up their turbines to get maximum Performance…. Join us – at the Jade-Race from 19. – 20.07. – in Mariensiel (in Wilhelmshaven) at the JadeWeserAirport.

New construction of the runway

For many years was talked about redevelopment of the runway again and again. This year it’s finally time, the construction starts on 15.04.2019. Follow the construction work live from the tower:

As of April 15, 2019, runway 02/20 will be renovated at JadeWeser Airport, Wilhelmshaven. The measure is expected to take 6-7 weeks. In order to minimize the restrictions on general aviation and local companies, authorities, clubs and private pilots, limited flight operations should be possible during construction. For this purpose, the renovation is divided into 5 phases, each of which is associated with its own flight restrictions / options.

204/5000 For the Drag Racing sport this means that the Jade Race 2019 will take place on a completely new level runway. The LineUp as well as the Returnline are not affected by the construction measure.