Kymi Ring

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Kymi Ring
KymiRing - June 2018 - 02.jpg
LocationTillola, Iitti, Finland
Time zoneUTC+2/UTC+3
Coordinates60°52′38″N 026°28′55″E / 60.87722°N 26.48194°E / 60.87722; 26.48194Coordinates: 60°52′38″N 026°28′55″E / 60.87722°N 26.48194°E / 60.87722; 26.48194
Capacity35,000 seats[1]
100,000+ total
FIA Grade1
Broke groundJune 2016
Opened2018
Major eventsFIM MotoGP Finnish Grand Prix (from 2020)
Main Track
SurfaceAsphalt
Length4.6 km (2.86 mi)
Turns18
GP East
SurfaceAsphalt
Turns5
GP West
SurfaceAsphalt
Turns10
Rallycross
SurfaceAsphalt, gravel
Turns7
Websiteen.kymiring.fi

The Kymi Ring is a motor racing circuit under construction in Iitti, Kymenlaakso, Finland, bordering regional capital Kouvola, and located 110 kilometres (68 mi) north-east of the capital Helsinki. The circuit, when finished, will become the first circuit in Finland to have a FIA Grade 1 license. It will host the MotoGP Finnish Grand Prix, returning to the schedule in 2020 after 35 years of absence. Due to its Grade 1 license Kymi Ring will be able to host any FIA-sanctioned competition, such as Formula 1, even though arranging a F1 Grand Prix has initially been deemed too expensive.[2]

Facilities[edit]

The main racetrack, designed by Pohjola and Apex will be 4.6-kilometre (2.9 mi) long. In addition, the complex will have a 1.56-kilometre (0.97 mi) rallycross track with a 0.1-kilometre (0.062 mi) joker bend, diverting from the main circuit's finish line.

Driver training facilities for the use of local driving schools will be located next to the main track, using parts of the track to provide various customisable training modules. A traffic safety theme park for families with children is also included in the plans.

Kymi Ring in its entirety covers an area of 1.8 square kilometres (0.69 sq mi). The infield of the track can be utilised as a venue for fairs, festivals and other mass events, with room for hospitality and dining services. Potential businesses, especially those of the automotive trade, have been designated a business park area at the circuit's outskirts, next to the main road 12.

Accommodation services at the circuit consist mainly of trackside cabins, called "toy barns" by the circuit management.[3] Any potential hotels at the venue will be built at a later stage.

Competitions[edit]

In July 2017, Kymi Ring and Dorna Sports, the commercial rights holder of MotoGP, signed a five-year contract for organising the Finnish motorcycle Grand Prix. When the event is held, it will be the first time motorcycle racing's premier class would race in the country since 1981. The deal was to head off for worse as on the 24th August 2018, it was announced that Finland will have its MotoGP race in 2020.

The World RX of Finland will be held at the Kymi Ring when the circuit is completed, marking the first international Rallycross event held in Finland since the inaugural World Championship season visited the Tykkimäen Moottorirata circuit in 2014.

There have been initial talks about holding touring car competitions at the circuit. DTM and WTCC are listed as possible events on Kymi Ring's website,[4] amongst the FIA World Endurance Championship and two-wheel sports such as enduro and speedway.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Kuvat: Tällainen Suomeen rakennettava F1-rata olisi – valmis kesällä 2018". Iltalehti (in Finnish). 3 February 2017. Retrieved 26 June 2017.
  2. ^ "Finland's Kymi Ring to bid for MotoGP, shun F1". crash.net. 2015-04-25. Retrieved 2015-04-26.
  3. ^ "Toy Barns » KymiRing". KymiRing. Retrieved 26 June 2017.
  4. ^ "Motorsport » KymiRing". KymiRing. Retrieved 26 June 2017.

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