Automotodrom Grobnik

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Automotodrom Grobnik
Automotodrom Grobnik.png
LocationČavle, Croatia
Time zoneCET (UTC+1)
CEST (DST)
Coordinates45°22′54″N 14°30′31″E / 45.38167°N 14.50861°E / 45.38167; 14.50861Coordinates: 45°22′54″N 14°30′31″E / 45.38167°N 14.50861°E / 45.38167; 14.50861
FIA Grade4
OwnerAutomotodrom Grobnik d.o.o.
OperatorAuto Moto Club Kvarner Rijeka
Opened1978
Major eventsCurrent:
Sidecar World Championship (1980, 1990, 1997-1998, 2005–2019, 2021-present)
NASCAR Whelen Euro Series (2020-present)
TCR Eastern Europe Trophy (2019-present)
Former:
Grand Prix motorcycle racing
Yugoslavian motorcycle Grand Prix (1978-1990)
FIA Central European Zone Formula 3
Modern Grand Prix Circuit
SurfaceAsphalt
Length4.168 km (2.590 mi)
Turns18
Race lap record1.18.733 (Czech Republic Tom Beckhauser, Dallara F308, 2019, FIA CEZ Formula 3)

Automotodrom Grobnik is a 4.168 km (2.590 mi) motorsport race track located in Čavle, near Rijeka, Croatia. From 1978 to 1990, it hosted the Yugoslavian motorcycle Grand Prix of MotoGP.

Currently, among other competitions, the automotodrom hosts the Croatia Prix, which is a valid race for the FIA CEZ Formula 3 Championship. In this category, the track record belongs to Czech driver Tom Beckhauser, who completed a lap in 1:18:733[1] on 27 July 2019 during the qualifying round for Race 1. He slightly improved the previous record (1:18:744),[2] set by Italian driver Andrea Cola in 2018.

In the 2019 edition of the Croatia Prix, Tom Beckhauser won both Race 1[3] and Race 2[4] in the FIA CEZ, followed both times by Andrea Cola.

From 2020, Rijeka has also hosted NASCAR Whelen Euro Series rounds as a late replacement for Autodrom Most, whose round was cancelled late in the season due to COVID-19 restrictions.[5]

World Championship races[edit]

Period Competition Class No. of races
1978–1990
(13)
Grand Prix motorcycle racing
(Yugoslavian motorcycle Grand Prix)
50cc 6
80cc 7
125cc 13
250cc 13
350cc 6
500cc 12
1980, 1990, 1997, 1998,
2005–2019, 2021
(20)
FIM Sidecar World Championship

Lap records[edit]

The official race lap records at the Automotodrom Grobnik are listed as:

Category Time Driver Vehicle Event
Grand Prix Circuit: 4.168 km (1978–present)
Formula 3 1:18.733[1] Tom Beckhauser Dallara F308 2019 Rijeka FIA CEZ F3 round
EuroNASCAR PRO 1:28.508[6] Alon Day Chevrolet Camaro NASCAR 2020 Rijeka NASCAR Whelen Euro Series round
500cc 1:29.220 Wayne Rainey Yamaha YZR500 1990 Yugoslav motorcycle Grand Prix
TCR Touring Car 1:30.557[7] Dušan Borković Hyundai i30 N TCR 2020 Rijeka TCR Eastern Europe Trophy round
250cc 1:31.952 Reinhold Roth Honda NSR250 1990 Yugoslav motorcycle Grand Prix
125cc 1:38.076 Doriano Romboni Honda RS125R 1990 Yugoslav motorcycle Grand Prix

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "MYLAPS Speedhive". speedhive.mylaps.com. Retrieved 2019-07-28.
  2. ^ Secchi, Alessandro (2018-11-17). "Benvenuto ad Andrea Cola su P300.it!". P300.it | F1, Formula E, Indycar, WEC, WRC, MotoGP, Nascar (in Italian). Retrieved 2019-07-24.
  3. ^ "MYLAPS Speedhive". speedhive.mylaps.com. Retrieved 2019-07-28.
  4. ^ "MYLAPS Speedhive". speedhive.mylaps.com. Retrieved 2019-07-28.
  5. ^ "CROATIA REPLACES MOST AS THIRD EVENT OF THE 2020 NWES SEASON". euronascar.com. NASCAR Media Group, LLC. 23 October 2020. Retrieved 23 October 2020.
  6. ^ "Fracasso NASCAR GP Croatia 2020 Race 1 - Final Results" (PDF). Retrieved 6 January 2022.
  7. ^ "Nagrada Hrvatske 2020 1st Race TCR" (PDF). Retrieved 6 January 2022.

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