Circuit Ricardo Tormo

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Circuit de la Comunitat Valenciana Ricardo Tormo
Valencia (Ricardo Tormo) track map.svg
Grand Prix Circuit (1999–present)

Formula E Valencia Track.svg

Formula E Circuit (2021)
LocationCheste, Valencian Community, Spain
Time zoneCET (UTC+1)
CEST (DST)
Coordinates39°29′9″N 0°37′41″W / 39.48583°N 0.62806°W / 39.48583; -0.62806Coordinates: 39°29′9″N 0°37′41″W / 39.48583°N 0.62806°W / 39.48583; -0.62806
Capacity165,000 (125,000 seating)
FIA Grade1 (GP)
2 (External)
3E (Formula E)
Broke ground1998
Opened19 September 1999; 23 years ago (1999-09-19)
Major eventsCurrent:
Grand Prix motorcycle racing
Valencian Community motorcycle Grand Prix (1999–present)
European motorcycle Grand Prix (2020)
GT World Challenge Europe
(2021–present)
NASCAR Whelen Euro Series (2012, 2014–present)
FIM CEV Moto3 Junior World Championship (2012–present)
Former:
Formula E Valencia ePrix (2021)
WTCC Race of Spain
(2005–2012)
World SBK (2000–2010)
Sidecar World Championship
(2000–2003)
Le Mans Series (2007)
MotoE (2019)
FREC (2021)
DTM (2010–2012)
GP2 Series (2006–2007)
GP3 Series (2013)
ETCC (2004)
Grand Prix Circuit (1999–present)
Length4.005 km (2.488 miles)
Turns14
Race lap record1:21.244 (United Arab Emirates Andreas Zuber, Dallara GP2/05, 2006, GP2)
Formula E Circuit (2021–present)
Length3.376 km (2.098 miles)
Turns15
Race lap record1:30.081 (United Kingdom Alexander Sims, Mahindra M7Electro, 2021, Formula E)
External Circuit (1999–present)
Length3.036 km (1.886 miles)
Turns11
School Circuit (1999–present)
Length1.300 km (0.808 miles)
Turns7
Websitewww.circuitricardotormo.com

Circuit Ricardo Tormo, also known as Circuit de Valencia and officially named Circuit de la Comunitat Valenciana Ricardo Tormo, is a 4.005 km (2.489 mi) motorsport race track located in Cheste (Valencian Community, Spain) and built in 1999. The track is named after Spanish, two-time world champion Grand Prix motorcycle racer Ricardo Tormo (1952–1998), who died in 1998 of leukemia. It has a capacity of 165,000 and a main straight of 0.876 km (0.544 mi).

The track hosts the MotoGP Valencian Community Grand Prix. Also, the FIA GT Championship had a race there in 2000 and 2004, the World Touring Car Championship from 2005 to 2012, the European Le Mans Series in 2007, and the DTM from 2010 to 2012. It has also been Formula E's pre-season test venue since the 2017–18 season, having moved from Donington Park, with the circuit also considered a replacement venue for the 2019–20 season because of the COVID-19 crisis cancelling numerous rounds. It was also the GP3 Series (now FIA Formula 3 Championship) pre-season test venue until the 2017 season. The series also hosted a one-off event at the track in 2013. The GP2 Series (now FIA Formula 2 Championship) also held rounds at the track in 2006 and 2007. Valencia has also hosted the season-opening round of the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series since 2014.

Formula E[edit]

The circuit has been used by Formula E as a pre-season testing venue since 2017. On 28 January 2021, it was announced that the circuit would host the Valencia ePrix as the 5th and 6th round of the 2020–21 Formula E World Championship, to be held on 24 April 2021, replacing the cancelled Paris ePrix. It was the first time an ePrix has been held on a permanent race circuit, albeit on a unique configuration.[1] One of the differences between the normal track for pre-season testing and the track used for the race was the installation of a temporary chicane in the start/finish straight. The track then turns right immediately after the exit of turn 8.

In other media[edit]

The track has been recreated in the videogames Tourist Trophy and Gran Turismo PSP. The track also appears in other video games like Alfa Romeo Racing Italiano, GTR Evolution and rFactor as well. As it is a MotoGP round host, the track has appeared in every MotoGP game since its début in 1999. The latest recreation of the track was in MotoGP 20, and the SBK games during 2006–2013.

Layout configurations[edit]

Lap records[edit]

Anthony Davidson holds the unofficial lap record, set in 2006 while testing a Honda RA106, with a time of 1:08.540sec.[3] The official race lap records at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo are listed as:

Category Time Driver Vehicle Event
Grand Prix Circuit: 4.005 km (1999–present)
F1 (unofficial) 1:08.540[3] Anthony Davidson Honda RA106 2006 Formula One season testing
GP2 (official) 1:21.244 Andreas Zuber Dallara GP2/05 2006 Valencia GP2 Series round
Formula Renault 3.5 1:22.448[4] Éric Salignon Dallara T05 2005 Valencia Formula Renault 3.5 Series round
GP3 1:24.487[5] Melville McKee Dallara GP3/13 2013 Ricardo Tormo GP3 Series round
F3000 1:24.868[6] Marco Bonanomi Lola B05/52 2009 Valencia Euroseries 3000 round
LMP1 1:25.234[7] Stéphane Sarrazin Peugeot 908 HDi FAP 2007 1000 km of Valencia
Formula 3 1:26.378[8] Felix Rosenqvist Dallara F312 2012 Valencia Formula 3 round
DTM 1:27.116[9] Bruno Spengler BMW M3 DTM 2012 Valencia DTM round
F2 (2009–2012) 1:28.322 Kazim Vasiliauskas Williams JPH1 2009 Valencia Formula Two round
LMP2 1:28.406[7] Thomas Erdos MG-Lola EX264 2007 1000 km of Valencia
International Formula Master 1:28.700[10] Josef Král Tatuus N.T07 2009 Valencia Formula Master round
Formula Regional 1:30.153[11] Dino Beganovic Tatuus F.3 T-318 2021 Valencia FREC round
MotoGP 1:31.042 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati Desmosedici GP21 2021 Valencian Community motorcycle Grand Prix
GT1 (GTS) 1:32.241[12] Uwe Alzen Saleen S7-R 2004 FIA GT Valencia 500km
GT3 1:32.649[13] Raffaele Marciello Mercedes-AMG GT3 Evo 2021 Valencia GT World Challenge Europe round
Formula 4 1:33.682[14] Mari Boya Tatuus F4-T014 2020 Valencia F4 Spain round
Formula Renault 2.0 1:33.801[15] Adrian Zaugg Tatuus FR2000 2005 Valencia Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 round
World SBK 1:34.618 Noriyuki Haga Ducati 1098R 2009 Valencia World SBK round
CN 1:34.746[16] Xavier Cazabón Norma M20-FC 2012 Valencia Spanish GT round
Moto2 1:34.820 Thomas Lüthi Kalex Moto2 2019 Valencian Community motorcycle Grand Prix
SRO GT2 1:35.414[17] Elia Erhart Audi R8 LMS GT2 2022 Valencia GT2 European Series round
250cc 1:35.659 Mika Kallio KTM 250 FRR 2007 Valencian Community motorcycle Grand Prix
Ferrari Challenge 1:35.712[18] Sam Smeeth Ferrari 488 Challenge 2019 Valencia Ferrari Challenge round
Porsche Carrera Cup 1:35.793[19] Dorian Boccolacci Porsche 911 (992) GT3 Cup 2022 Valencia Porsche Carrera Cup France round
N-GT 1:36.024[12] Sascha Maassen Porsche 911 (996) GT3-RSR 2004 FIA GT Valencia 500km
500cc 1:36.085 Àlex Crivillé Honda NSR500 2000 Valencian Community motorcycle Grand Prix
GT2 (GT1) 1:36.280[20] Emmanuel Clérico Chrysler Viper GTS-R 1999 500 km of Valencia
World SSP 1:36.865 Cal Crutchlow Yamaha YZF-R6 2009 Valencia World SSP round
GT2 1:38.016[7] Dirk Werner Porsche 911 (997) GT3 RSR 2007 1000 km of Valencia
Moto3 1:38.790 Deniz Öncü KTM RC250GP 2022 Valencian Community motorcycle Grand Prix
125cc 1:39.380 Héctor Faubel Aprilia RSV 250 2007 Valencian Community motorcycle Grand Prix
MotoE 1:40.234 Eric Granado Energica Ego 2019 Valencian Community motorcycle Grand Prix
Stock car racing 1:40.764[21] Alon Day Chevrolet Camaro NASCAR 2020 Valencia NASCAR Whelen Euro Series round
TCR Touring Car 1:42.275[22] Mike Halder Honda Civic Type R TCR (FK8) 2021 Valencia TCR Spain round
Super 2000 1:42.438[23] Augusto Farfus Alfa Romeo 156 GTA Super 2000 2004 Valencia ETCC round
Formula E Circuit: 3.376 km (2021–present)
Formula E 1:30.081 Alexander Sims Mahindra M7Electro 2021 Valencia ePrix

Events[edit]

Current
Former

Notes[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Second set of 2020/21 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship races announced". Formula E. 28 January 2021. Retrieved 28 February 2021.
  2. ^ "Valencia Testing 16-19 October 2018 Circuit Map V1". Retrieved 30 December 2021.
  3. ^ a b "THE AUTOSPORT.COM F1 TESTING CENTRE". www.autosport.com. n.d. Retrieved 16 December 2009.
  4. ^ "2005 Formula Renault 3.5 Valencia Session Facts". Retrieved 16 March 2021.
  5. ^ "2013 GP3 Series Valencia Session Facts". Retrieved 16 March 2021.
  6. ^ "2009 Valencia Euro F3000 - Round 8". Retrieved 15 June 2021.
  7. ^ a b c "2007 European Le Mans Series 1000kms Valencia". Retrieved 28 July 2022.
  8. ^ "2012 FIA Formula 3 European Championship Valencia Session Facts". Retrieved 16 March 2021.
  9. ^ "2012 Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters Valencia Session Facts". Retrieved 16 March 2021.
  10. ^ "2009 Valencia Formula Master". Retrieved 29 June 2022.
  11. ^ "2021 Valencia FREC Statistics". Retrieved 26 September 2021.
  12. ^ a b "FIA GT Championship Valencia 2004". Retrieved 1 April 2021.
  13. ^ "2021 GT World Challenge Sprint Valencia (Race 1)". Retrieved 15 October 2022.
  14. ^ "Racing Weekend 2020 25-26-27 Septiembre 2020 Carrera 3" (PDF). Retrieved 14 May 2021.
  15. ^ "2005 Formula Renault 2.0 Euro Valencia Session Facts". Retrieved 16 March 2021.
  16. ^ "Spanish GT Valencia 2012". Retrieved 30 November 2022.
  17. ^ "2022 GT2 European Series Valencia Race 1 Results" (PDF). Retrieved 18 September 2022.
  18. ^ "2019 Trofeo Pirelli Valencia Race 1 Final Classification" (PDF). Retrieved 24 July 2021.
  19. ^ "2022 Porsche Cup France Valencia (Race 1)". Retrieved 30 October 2022.
  20. ^ "500 km Valencia 1999". Retrieved 30 November 2022.
  21. ^ "2020 Valencia Super Speedweek – NASCAR GP Spain Race 2 EuroNASCAR PRO Results" (PDF). Retrieved 16 March 2021.
  22. ^ "TCR ES 2021 » Circuit Ricardo Tormo Round 10 Results". Retrieved 24 April 2022.
  23. ^ "2004 Valencia ETCC - Round 4". Retrieved 15 June 2021.

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