Michael Schumacher’s legendary go-kart track saved
As of January 21, 2020 | Reading time: 2 minutes
The property had already been sold and the Erftlandring was about to end. But it obviously continues on Michael Schumacher’s home railway. The protests at the Hambach Forest saved the kart drivers.
Dhe little town of Manheim is like a ghost town. Michael Schumacher’s hometown was torn down bit by bit over the past few years because RWE wanted to dig for lignite there. In the meantime, the demonstrators from the neighboring Hambacher Forest also entrenched themselves in the ruins of the city.
“The clocks for you, the time for us,” the environmental activists sprayed onto garage doors in the Kerpen district during the protests. Time has now also played for the operators of the Erftlandring. The legendary go-kart track on which Formula 1 world champion Michael Schumacher learned to drive should now be spared from the excavators
“I called RWE this morning. Before the contracts with the state or federal government have not been signed, nothing is fixed. But it looks positive. We are happy about the new situation, ”operator Gerhard Noack told WELT about the discussions with the energy company. Actually, the railway should give way to lignite mining in the coming October and be excavated.
However, due to the ongoing protests at the Hambacher Forst and the nearby Steinheide, where the famous Erftlandring is located, RWE had to change its plans. “Our plan is to not use the rest of the Steinheide area within the current mining area,” said RWE spokesman Guido Steffen of the Cologne “Express”.
The Schumacher family owns two thirds
This also corresponds to the demands of the North Rhine-Westphalian state government. “We therefore assume that the go-kart track located in Steinheide can be maintained,” Steffen continued. Noack, who is considered to be the discoverer of Schumacher, still sees a lot of work: “The approval procedures for the mining limits have to be renegotiated. That may take a while. ”It would also have to be clarified whether the access routes and the electricity and water supply will also be preserved.
“Because we are still at the beginning of the rescheduling and also have to wait for the approval process, it is too early to make final decisions,” said the company. The kart club should be given the opportunity to buy back the site.
In recent years, RWE had bought up large areas of the region in order to use the area for lignite mining. The owners of the go-kart track were compensated by the company; two thirds belonged to the Schumacher family and one third to the go-kart club. Now the line could become their property again.