Masaryk Circuit

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Brno Circuit
Brno (formerly Masarykův okruh).svg
Location Brno, Czech Republic
Time zone GMT+1
Major events Czech Republic motorcycle Grand Prix
Czechoslovakian Grand Prix, A1GP, F3 Euroseries, DTM, FIA GT, SBK, WTCC
Permanent Circuit (1987-Present)
Length 5.403 km (3.357 mi)
Turns 15 (9 right, 6 left)
Lap record 1:43.260 (Luca Filippi, Super Nova Racing, Auto GP, 2010)
4th Road Circuit (1975–1986)
Surface Asphalt
Length 10.925 km (6.789 mi)
Turns 30
Lap record 3:29.91 (Johnny Cecotto, Yamaha, 1977, 500cc/MotoGP)
3rd Road Circuit (1964–1974)
Surface Asphalt
Length 13.941 km (8.663 mi)
Turns 40
Lap record 4:59.1 (Jochen Mass, Ford Capri RS 2600, 1972, Touring cars)
2nd Road Circuit (1949–1963)
Surface Asphalt/Cobbles
Length 17.800 km (11.061 mi)
Turns 53
Lap record 8:03.0 (B.Bira/Toulo de Graffenried, Both Maserati, 1949, Grand Prix)
Original Road Circuit (1930–1948)
Surface Asphalt/Cobbles
Length 29.142 km (18.109 mi)
Turns 81
Lap record 11:59.3 (Rudolf Caracciola, Mercedes, 1937, Grand Prix)

The Masaryk circuit (Czech: Masarykův okruh) or Masarykring, now referred to as the Brno Circuit, refers to two motorsport race tracks located close to the city of Brno, Czech Republic The original street circuit was made up of public roads, and at its longest measured nearly 19 miles (31 km). In the 1930s, events such as the Masaryk Grand Prix attracted top teams and drivers.

Racing on the roads ended after 1986, when the current permanent circuit was opened within the bounds of the original roads. The annual MotoGP Grand Prix of the Czech Republic is the circuit’s most important event. The World Touring Car Championship, Formula Two, FIA GT1 and the Superbike World Championship also race at the circuit.

The track is named after the first president of Czechoslovakia, Tomáš Masaryk.

The Czech Republic Motorcycle Grand Prix has always been more of a promoter event than a profit-raiser in itself. The contract was prolonged until 2013,[1] although tobacco advertising has been banned since 2007.

Original circuits[edit]

Casey Stoner at MotoGP Brno

The original layout ran anti-clockwise on approximately 31 km (19 mi) of public roads west of Brno, including the villages of Bosonohy and Žebětín. From 1930 to 1937, the Masaryk Grand Prix attracted some of the top drivers and teams.

The renamed Czechoslovakian Grand Prix in 1949 was run clockwise on a shorter 17.8 km (11.1 mi) layout around Kohoutovice. In spite of a crowd in excess of 400,000 people, this would be the last Grand Prix for cars on the old circuit.

Beginning in 1950, the circuit played host to the Czechoslovakian motorcycle Grand Prix, which became a world championship event from 1965 to 1982. The circuit had been again reduced in length to 13.94 km (8.66 mi) in 1964. The European Touring Car series visited in the 1980s, by which time the circuit had been finally reduced to 10.92 km (6.79 mi) in 1975.

All layouts of the Masaryk Circuit (Brno Circuit) between 1930 and today combined

Modern circuit[edit]

The current permanent road racing circuit was opened in 1987. It lies north of Kyvalka, within the bounds of the circuit used in the 1930s, but not incorporating any of the public roads. The motorcycle race moved to the new circuit and regained its status as a round of the world championship. A World Sports Car Championship race was held in 1988, and a round of the A1 Grand Prix series in 2006. It is also the location of 6 Hours of Brno.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Brno extends MotoGP contract until 2013". MotoGP.com (Dorna Sports). 5 November 2008. Retrieved 5 September 2011. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 49°12′17″N 16°27′02″E / 49.20472°N 16.45056°E / 49.20472; 16.45056