Autódromo Juan y Oscar Gálvez

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Coordinates: 34°41′39.38″S 58°27′33.65″W / 34.6942722°S 58.4593472°W / -34.6942722; -58.4593472

Autódromo Juan y Oscar Gálvez

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Shows the main track with as used for F1 between 1995 and 1998

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Shows the entire track including the lake extension, as used for F1 from 1974 to 1981

Location Buenos Aires, Argentina
Time zone GMT −3
Major events Argentine Grand Prix, Turismo Carretera, TC2000, World Sportscar Championship
No. 6 circuit (1952–present)
Surface Asphalt
Length 4.206 km (2.614 mi)
Turns 19
Lap record 1:27.981 (Austria Gerhard Berger, Benetton-Renault, 1997)
No. 15 circuit (1968–present)
Length 5.968 km (3.708 mi)
Turns 16
Lap record 1:42.665 (Brazil Nelson Piquet, Brabham-Ford, 1981, Formula One)
No. 9 circuit (1952–present)
Length 3.346 km (2.079 mi)
Turns 14
Lap record 1:10.540 (Switzerland Clay Regazzoni, BRM, 1973, Formula One)
No. 2 circuit (1952–1967)
Length 3.912 km (2.431 mi)
Turns 13
Lap record 1:36.1 (United Kingdom Stirling Moss, Cooper-Climax, 1960, Formula One)

The Autódromo Juan y Oscar Gálvez [1] is a 45,000 capacity motor racing circuit in Buenos Aires, Argentina built in 1952 under president Juan Perón, named Autódromo 17 de Octubre until Perón's overthrow, as 17 October was a date of great significance to his political party.



Description[edit]

The circuit is located in a park in the southern part of the city, and is situated on flat lands surrounded by large grandstands, giving most spectators an excellent view area of the whole circuit. Some races were run without the twisty infield section, reducing lap times significantly.

The 1000 km Buenos Aires sports car event used the Autódromo as well as sections of highway situated near the track from 1954 to 1960. The 1000 km event would return again from 1970 to 1972, but using just the Autódromo section.

The 20 Formula One Argentine Grand Prix races were held in the Autódromo between 1953 and 1998. Formula One used a number of different configurations—the No.2 circuit was used from 1954–1960, the No.9 circuit was used from 1971–1973, and the very fast No.15 layout was used from 1974–1981 which added 2 long straights and a long third corner between the two straights often taken in top gear totally flat out, which provided an exciting view for spectators, especially when the cars exited the third corner often on the brink of spinning off or crashing at 180–190 mph. Going through that section, the cars were flat out for 40 seconds. The Argentine Grand Prix was dropped from the 1982 calendar because of Argentina's invasion of the Falkland Islands and Carlos Reutemann's sudden retirement after the 1982 Brazilian Grand Prix. The twisty No.6 configuration was used from 1995–1998, but that version of the circuit was not popular with Formula One, and after the 1998 race there was no money for the race to be held and it was dropped, and has not returned since.

Ten Argentine motorcycle Grand Prix race were held in the Autódromo between 1961 and 1999.

The Buenos Aires Grand Prix was held in the Autódromo from 1930 to 2009.

Names[edit]

  • 1952–1955: Autódromo 17 de Octubre
  • 1955–mid 1960's: Autódromo Municipal Ciudad de Buenos Aires
  • mid-1960's-1989: Autódromo Municipal del Parque Almirante Brown de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires
  • 1989–2008: Autódromo Oscar Alfredo Gálvez
  • 2008–present: Autódromo Juan y Oscar Gálvez

Major events[edit]

Principal categories[edit]

The track hosted many non-championship races, including Formula 3000, European Formula Three and European Formula Two.

Concerts[edit]

The 2007, 2008, 2010 and 2011 Creamfields editions were held in the track, The Chemical Brothers, Carl Cox, John Digweed, LCD Soundsystem, James Zabiela, 2 Many DJs, Tiefschwarz, Steve Lawler, Satoshi Tomiie, Booka Shade, Deadmau5, David Guetta, Calvin Harris, among others playing here.

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Buenos Aires (Tracks)". silhouet.com. Retrieved March 20, 2014. 
  2. ^ "La Temporada: Part I". velocetoday.com. Retrieved March 20, 2014. 
  3. ^ "1954 Argentina - Gran Premio Ciudad de Buenos Aires". jmfangio.org. Retrieved March 20, 2014. 
  4. ^ "1953 Argentina - I Gran Premio de la Republica Argentina". jmfangio.org. Retrieved March 20, 2014. 
  5. ^ "VII Gran Premio de la Republica Argentina 1953". formula2.net. Retrieved April 12, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Latin American Sports Car Races - 1951 (National Buenos Aires)". wsrp.ic.cz. Retrieved March 28, 2014. 
  7. ^ "250cc Race Classification 1961". motogp.com. Retrieved April 12, 2014.