In a dramatic finale on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife, BMW drivers Danny Brink and Philipp Leisen successfully defended the Nürburgring Endurance Series title. The two Adrenalin Motorsport Team Alzner Automotive drivers, competing in the V4 class in the #1 BMW 325i, arrived at the ninth and final round of the 2021 NLS season as championship leaders. Their closest rivals in the title race were unable to catch them the final race, which was reduced to three hours and 15 minutes due to fog. So Brink and Leisen, who also took the class victory in the V4 category alongside Christopher Rink at NLS 9, secured their third title in the overall NLS classification, having previously been crowned champions in 2018 and 2020.
Brink and Leisen also topped the table in the NLS Production Car Trophy, as well as winning the V4 championship together with Rink. Rink also competed with Philipp Stahlschmidt and Daniel Zils in the #481 BMW 330i of Adrenalin Motorsport Team Alzner Automotive in the large VT2 field. That trio also came into the weekend with a good chance of winning the title in the VT2 class. A puncture, however, meant they eventually had to settle for fifth place in the class in the final race of the season. That was not enough to give them the overall title, but Rink, Stahlschmidt and Zils did end the season at the top of the VT2 class. The race win in the VT2 category went to the AVIA Sorg Rennsport team with the #487 BMW 330i, driven by Moran Gott, Brett Lidsey and Emir Asari.
Also competing in the VT2 class at NLS 9 was Markus Flasch, CEO of BMW M GmbH. He shared the #482 BMW 330i, run by Adrenalin Motorsport Team Alzner Automotive, with Jacob Erlbacher. They ended the race ninth in class.
In the Cup5 class, the BMW M2 CS Racing Cup NLS, this season’s champions are Marc Ehret, Moritz Oberheim and Nico Otto. After a winning run in the #875 BMW M2 CS Racing of FK Performance Motorsport, second place in class in the final race was sufficient to secure the title. The race win in the Cup5 class went to Francesco Merlini, Yannick Fübrich and David Griessner in the #870 car of Adrenalin Motorsport Team Alzner Automotive. Florian Weber, Davide Dehren and Matthew Greenwood finished third in the #888 Walkenhorst Motorsport BMW M2 CS Racing. The title in the BMW M240i class was won by Michael Fischer. He also picked up another class victory in the final race of the season, alongside Markus Fischer in the #700 BMW M240i Racing run by the Hofor Racing by Bonk Motorsport team.
Meanwhile, the BMW Junior Team was unfortunate in the final race of the season. After two wins and a further two podiums, Dan Harper, Max Hesse and Neil Verhagen also challenged for the podium with the #44 BMW M6 GT3 at NLS 9 but they were forced to retire from the race after being hit by another car. Harper, Hesse and Verhagen ended the season in second place in the SP9 Pro class. They were also second in the NLS Speed Trophy.