Automotodróm Slovakia Ring

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Automotodróm Slovakia Ring
Slovakiaring.svg
Location Orechová Potôň, Slovakia
Architect Hans Roth[1]
Major events FIA GT1 World Championship
FIA GT3 European Championship
FIA World Touring Car Championship
ADAC GT Masters
EuroBOSS Series
Length 5.922 km (3.680 mi)
Turns 14
Lap record 01:41.600 (Sam Bird, ISR Racing, 2012)

Automotodróm Slovakia Ring is a motor racing circuit in Orechová Potôň, Dunajská Streda District in Slovakia, approximately 30 km away from Bratislava Airport. It was built in 2008–2009.[2] Sam Bird set the current track record on September 5, 2012, during testing session. He drove a 01:41.600 in his Dallara T12 of Formula Renault 3.5 Series/2012 prepared by ISR Racing.[3]

The circuit[edit]

New Zealand race car driver Matt Halliday suggested that the rear engine Porsches struggled with Slovakia Ring's long radius corners with much less front aerodynamics than the other cars.[4] A major feature of the circuit is a prominent hump on one of the straights that causes some cars to fly with the front wheels off the ground. Only one car has flipped over entirely and crashed after going over the hump at a high speed.[citation needed] Prior to start of the 2014 season the hump between turns 2 and 3 was rebuilt.

Major events[edit]

FIA GT3 European Championship[edit]

On August 21, 2011, the track hosted the fifth round of the 2011 FIA GT3 European Championship season. Winners of the two 29-lap races were Dominik Baumann and Brice Bosi in the first, and Philippe Giauque and Mike Parisy in the second, both teams driving in Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG. Lots of cars flew on second hill. [5]

FIA World Touring Car Championship[edit]

On February 6, 2012, it was announced that Slovakia Ring will replace the Argentina race in the 2012 World Touring Car Championship calendar.[6] The event took place on April 29, 2012, with Gabriele Tarquini winning the first race in a SEAT León and Robert Huff the second race in a Chevrolet Cruze.[7]

It also hosted the Race of Slovakia in the following 2013 World Touring Car Championship calendar. The event took place on April 28, 2013, with Gabriele Tarquini winning the first race in a Honda Civic, and Tom Coronel the second race in BMW 320 TC.[8]

FIA GT1 World Championship[edit]

On June 10, 2012, the track hosted the fourth round of the 2012 FIA GT1 World Championship season.[9] The winners of the qualifying race were Filip Salaquarda and Toni Vilander in a Ferrari 458 Italia GT3, and the winners of the championship race were Michael Bartels and Yelmer Buurman in a BMW Z4 GT3.

FIA GT Series[edit]

On August 18, 2013, the track hosted the fourth round of the 2013 FIA GT Series season.[10]

Acceleration 2014[edit]

On 4-6 July 2014, the Slovakia Ring will host the fifth weekend of Acceleration 2014, a series of festivals combining top class car and bike racing with music and entertainment.

Parameters[edit]

  • Track length: 5,922 m
  • Track width: 12 m
  • Finishing point length: 900 m
  • Finishing point width: 20 m
  • Accelerating testing track length: 1,144 m
  • Accelerating testing track width: 20 m

References[edit]

  1. ^ "About the race track". Slovakia Ring. Retrieved 12 September 2012. 
  2. ^ "Slovakiaring". Track Reviewers. Retrieved 27 May 2012. 
  3. ^ "Testovací pilot F1 zlomil rekord Slovakia Ringu". Slovakia Ring. Retrieved 12 September 2012. 
  4. ^ "Tough weekend’ for Porsche duo". gt1world.com. Retrieved 15 June 2012. 
  5. ^ "Event details". FIA GT3 European Championship. Retrieved 27 May 2012. 
  6. ^ "Slovakia Ring replaces Argentina". WTCC. 6 February 2012. 
  7. ^ "Event details". WTCC. Retrieved 27 May 2012. 
  8. ^ "Slovakia Ring". WTCC. Retrieved 14 July 2013. 
  9. ^ "Calendar". FIA GT1 World Championship. 4 April 2012. 
  10. ^ "Calendar". FIA GT Series. Retrieved 14 July 2013. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 48°03′14″N 17°34′15″E / 48.05389°N 17.57083°E / 48.05389; 17.57083