Capricorn Nürburgring GmbH has officially announced plans to lift the speed limits on the Nordschleife.

The limits were imposed following an accident which took place during last year's VLN Endurance Championship Nürburgring.  Sadly, one spectator was killed when Jann Mardenborough's Nissan GT-R lost control, flipped over a fence, and crashed into a crowd of spectators.

Following the crash, speed limits were introduced on three different sections of the Nordschleife.  The company also initiated a safety improvement plan which led to the installation of new retaining fences and a number of track improvements to eliminate bumps in the road surface.  As part of the safety measures, there will also be a new spectator-restricted zone which will hopefully prevent future injuries to fans.

The speed limits will be lifted when the VLN Endurance Championship Nürburgring kicks off on April 2nd as a result of two new track licenses which were granted by the Federation Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) and the German motor sport association (DMSB).

In a statement, the head Nürburgring’s event management said “With these safety measures and the two new licenses we have created the prerequisites for an exciting racing season that will hopefully see no accidents, and we are glad that the speed limits are finally a thing of the past."

Source: Capricorn Nurburgring GmbH via Car & Driver