Anderstorp Raceway

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Anderstorp Raceway
Scandinavian Raceway.svg
Track map
Location Anderstorp, Sweden
Coordinates 57°15′51″N 13°36′5″E / 57.26417°N 13.60139°E / 57.26417; 13.60139Coordinates: 57°15′51″N 13°36′5″E / 57.26417°N 13.60139°E / 57.26417; 13.60139
Opened 1968
Major events Swedish Grand Prix
Length 4.025 km (2.501 mi)
Lap record 1:21.525 (Marijn van Kalmthout, Benetton B197-Judd V10, 2009, EuroBOSS Super Prix)

Anderstorp Raceway, previously known as Scandinavian Raceway, is a 2.505 miles (4.03 km) motorsport race track in Anderstorp (Gislaved Municipality), Sweden.

The track was built on marshlands in 1968 and became an extremely popular venue in the 1970s, just as Swede Ronnie Peterson was at the height of his career. It has a long straight (called Flight Straight, which was also used as a 980 metres (3,220 ft) aircraft runway (ICAO: ESMP)), as well as several banked corners, making car setup an engineering compromise. Unusually, the pit lane is located halfway round the lap.

The raceway hosted six Formula One Swedish Grand Prix events in the 1970s. When Peterson and Gunnar Nilsson died during the 1978 Formula One season, public support for the event dried up and the Swedish Grand Prix came to an end. The circuit is also noteworthy because it was the site of the first and only win of two unconventional F1 cars: the six-wheeled Tyrrell P34 car in 1976 and the infamous Brabham 'fan car' in 1978.

Anderstorp also hosted the Swedish motorcycle Grand Prix in 1971–1977 and 1981–1990, the European Touring Car Championship in 1985–1987, the Superbike World Championship in 1991 and 1993, and the FIA GT Championship in 2002 and 2003. The circuit has been a popular car club venue since the 1990s.

The FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) returned to Anderstorp in 2007, replacing the Istanbul Park in Turkey on the WTCC calendar. For the 2008 season however, it was replaced by the Imola circuit.

Layout modifications[edit]

The circuit has been modified at least twice in its history. It had been modified before the final Formula One Grand Prix run on the circuit (1978 Swedish Grand Prix), with the modifications to the penultimate Norra corner,[N 1] which resulted in the length increase from 4.018 km[1] to 4.031 km,[2] and it remained in that configuration until at least 1986.[3] And then it was later modified again and slightly shortened to its present-day length of 4.025 km.[4]

Track variations:

  • 4.018 km – 1968? – 1977
  • 4.031 km – 1978 – ?? (1986 or later)
  • 4.025 km – ?? (1986 or later) – present

Lap records[edit]

Class Time Driver Car Event
F1 1:24.836 Niki Lauda Brabham BT46B Alfa Romeo 1978 Swedish Grand Prix[5]
GT1 1:30.334 Jean-Marc Gounon Ferrari F40 LM 1996 BPR Global GT Series[6]
GT 1:31.424 Walter Lechner Saleen S7-R 2003 FIA GT Championship[7]
Formula Renault 2.0 1:31.679 Daniel Roos Tatuus FR2000 Renault 2009 Formula Renault 2.0 Sweden[8]
GT3 1:32.902 Fredrik Lestrup BMW Z4 GT3 2012 Swedish GT round Anderstorp[9]
STCC 1:34.274 Johan Kristoffersson Seat Leon STCC 2016 Scandinavian Touring Car Championship[10]
WTCC 1:42.492 Felix Porteiro BMW 320 Si E90 2007 World Touring Car Championship Round Anderstorp[11]
Group A 1:44.564 Tom Walkinshaw Rover Vitesse 1986 FIA Touring Car Championship[3]

Notes[edit]

^[N 1] Contrary to common depiction of the 1978 modification as having a chicane introduced to the Norra corner, there was no chicane ever used: the corner was made slower by decreasing its radius and making it a sharper bend instead of a sweeping curve it was before.[12][13][14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Swedish Grand Prix". Motorsport: 735–737. July 1973. Retrieved 2017-03-19. 
  2. ^ "The Swedish Grand Prix". Motorsport: 935–936. July 1978. Retrieved 2017-03-19. 
  3. ^ a b 1986 Anderstorp 500
  4. ^ "WTCC Heat 2 Race". 
  5. ^ "1978 GP round Anderstorp". 
  6. ^ "1996 BPR Global GT Series Round Anderstorp". 
  7. ^ "2003 FIA GT Championship Round Anderstorp". 
  8. ^ "2009 Formula Renault 2.0 Round Anderstorp". 
  9. ^ "2012 Swedish GT Round Anderstorp Race". 
  10. ^ "2016 Scandinavian Touring Car Championship Round Anderstorp" (PDF). 
  11. ^ "WTCC Heat 2 Race". 
  12. ^ Video on YouTube – on-board camera view
  13. ^ Video on YouTube – 1978 Grand Prix highlights
  14. ^ Video on YouTube – full coverage of the 1978 Grand Prix

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