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Automotodrom Brno
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Brno (formerly Masarykův okruh).svg
LocationBrno, Czech Republic
Time zoneGMT+1
FIA Grade2
Major events
Permanent Circuit (1987–present)
Length5.403 km (3.357 mi)
Turns14 (8 right, 6 left)
Race lap record1:36.065 (Ingo Gerstl[1], Toro Rosso STR1, BOSS GP, 2017)
4th Road Circuit (1975–1986)
SurfaceAsphalt
Length10.925 km (6.789 mi)
Turns29
Race lap record3:29.91 (Johnny Cecotto, Yamaha, 1977, 500cc/MotoGP)
3rd Road Circuit (1964–1974)
SurfaceAsphalt
Length13.941 km (8.663 mi)
Turns40
Race lap record4:59.1 (Jochen Mass, Ford Capri RS 2600, 1972, Touring cars)
2nd Road Circuit (1949–1963)
SurfaceAsphalt/Cobbles
Length17.800 km (11.061 mi)
Turns73
Race lap record7:14.6 (Kurt Ahrens, Cooper-Ford, 1962, Formula Three)
Original Road Circuit (1930–1948)
SurfaceAsphalt/Cobbles
Length29.194 [2] km (18.109 mi)
Turns128 [3]
Race lap record11:59.3 (Rudolf Caracciola, Mercedes, 1937, Grand Prix)
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The Masaryk circuit (Czech: Masarykův okruh) or Masarykring, also referred to as the Brno Circuit, refers to two motorsport race tracks located in Brno, Czech Republic. The original street circuit was made up of public roads, and at its longest measured 18 miles (29 km). In 1949, events such as the Czechoslovakian Grand Prix attracted top teams and drivers. The track is named after the first president of Czechoslovakia, Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk. Racing on the old roads ended after 1986, when the new (current) circuit was opened.

The annual Motorcycle Grand Prix of the Czech Republic is the circuit's most important event. It is held here since 1950 and is the most famous motor race in the Czech Republic. Championship is part of the World Grand Prix since 1965.

The FIA World Touring Car Championship, FIA GT1 World Championship, Formula Two and the Superbike World Championship also raced at the circuit.

The Czech Republic Motorcycle Grand Prix is more of a promoter event than a profit-raiser itself.[4] Since tobacco advertising has been banned in 2007, it is common among the other MotoGP events. The Brno Circuit is historically one of the oldest circuits, on the place were also held the most motorcycle championships in history after the TT Circuit Assen.[5]

Original circuits[edit]

The original layout ran anti-clockwise on approximately 29 km (18 mi) of public roads in the outskirts of Brno, where the start/finish was located in Bosonohy. The circuit went east past Kamenny and then went north past the Bohunice University Campus in Kejbaly, and went through the villages of Libusino, Kohouvotice and Žebětín, out to Ostrovacice, through Veselka and back through a series of fast straights and kinks. From 1930 to 1937, the Masaryk circuit races attracted some of the top drivers and teams.[6]

On September 25, 1949, the race was held for the first and the last time in Czechoslovakia as part of the Grand Prix motor racing (later evolved into Formula One).[7] The Czechoslovakian Grand Prix in 1949 was run clockwise on a shorter 17.8 km (11.1 mi) layout, which turned right at Veselka, bypassed Ostrovacice and entered Žebětín from the south rather than the west. 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. The circuit had been again reduced in length to 13.94 km (8.66 mi) in 1964, completely bypassing Žebětín and using a new through-road that went to Kohoutovice quicker. 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, which exited Kohoutovice from the south and bypassed Libusino and Kejbaly and went right through Kamenny and rejoined the main road back to Bosonohy.

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 the 24H Epilog of Brno (previously 6 Hours of Brno).

The unofficial lap record is 1.34:700 set by Jérôme d'Ambrosio in Renault Formula One car in 2010, while the official race lap records at the modern circuit are listed as:[8]

Category Time Driver Vehicle Event
Grand Prix Circuit: 5.403 km (1987-present)
F1 (BOSS GP) 1:36.065 Ingo Gerstl Toro Rosso STR1 2017 BOSS GP Series Brno round
Formula Renault 3.5 1:44.591[9] Daniel Ricciardo Dallara T08 2010 Brno Formula Renault 3.5 round
A1 GP 1:47.296 Alex Yoong Lola B05/52 2006–07 A1 Grand Prix of Nations, Czech Republic
C1 1:49.770[10] Mauro Baldi Sauber C9 1988 360 km of Brno
SR1 1:51.858[11] Jan Lammers Dome S101 2002 FIA Sportscar Championship Brno
Formula 3 1:52.595[12] Jamie Green Dallara F303 2004 Brno F3 Euro Series Round
GT1 1:53.106[13] Marcel Fässler Chevrolet Corvette C6.R 2008 FIA GT Brno 2 Hours
DTM 1:54.786[14] Martin Tomczyk Audi A4 DTM 2005 2005 Brno DTM Round
C2 1:54.960[10] Costas Los Spice SE87C 1988 360 km of Brno
MotoGP 1:56.027 Dani Pedrosa Honda RC213V 2014 Czech Republic motorcycle Grand Prix
Formula Renault 2.0 1:56.226[15] Arthur Pic Barazi-Epsilon FR2.0-10 2010 Brno Eurocup Formula Renault Eurocup 2.0 round
SR2 1:57.389[16] Roberto Tonetti Lucchini SR2001 2001 FIA Sportscar Championship Brno
GT2 1:58.193[13] Richard Westbrook Porsche 911 (997) GT3-RSR 2008 FIA GT Brno 2 Hours
World SBK 1:59.291 Cal Crutchlow Yamaha YZF-R1 2010 Brno Superbike World Championship round
GT3 2:01.012[17] Rolf Ineichen Lamborghini Huracán GT3 2016 24H Epilog Brno
500cc 2:01.461 Valentino Rossi Honda NSR500 2001 Czech Republic motorcycle Grand Prix
Moto2 2:01.463 Álex Márquez Kalex Moto2 2019 Czech Republic motorcycle Grand Prix
250cc 2:02.299 Jorge Lorenzo Aprilia RSW 250 2007 Czech Republic motorcycle Grand Prix
World SSP 2:02.708 Cal Crutchlow Yamaha YZF-R6 2009 Brno Supersport World Championship round
125cc 2:07.836 Lucio Cecchinello Aprilia RS125R 2003 Czech Republic motorcycle Grand Prix
Moto3 2:08.064 Romano Fenati KTM RC250GP 2014 Czech Republic motorcycle Grand Prix
WTCC 2:10.108 Félix Porteiro BMW 320si WTCC 2008 FIA WTCC Race of the Czech Republic

Layout history[edit]

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "TRACK RECORDS". Brno track records. 6 August 2019.
  2. ^ Ing. A. Závodník, Masarykův okruh závodní, 1930
  3. ^ Ing. A. Závodník, Masarykův okruh závodní, 1930
  4. ^ "Brno extends MotoGP contract until 2013". MotoGP.com. Dorna Sports. 5 November 2008. Retrieved 5 September 2011.
  5. ^ "Brněnská Grand Prix je v oblibě. Ať spraví asfalt, říká ale Kornfeil". Brněnský deník (in Czech). 6 August 2019.
  6. ^ Ivan Margolius, 'Czechoslovakia's First Circuit', The Automobile, August 2019, pp. 48 - 54
  7. ^ "Formule 1 na území Česka? Jednou se zde královský závod jel!". Garaz.cz (in Czech).
  8. ^ "TRACK RECORDS". Brno track records. 6 August 2019.
  9. ^ "2010 Formula Renault 3.5 Brno Session Facts". Retrieved 15 March 2021.
  10. ^ a b "1988 360 km of Brno". Retrieved 2021-04-01.
  11. ^ "2002 FIA Sportscar Championship Brno". Retrieved 2021-04-01.
  12. ^ "2004 Formula 3 Euro Series Brno Session Facts". Retrieved 2021-04-01.
  13. ^ a b "FIA GT Championship Brno". Retrieved 2021-04-01.
  14. ^ "2005 Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters Brno Session Facts". Retrieved 2021-03-02.
  15. ^ "2010 Formula Renault 2.0 Euro Brno Session Facts". Retrieved 15 March 2021.
  16. ^ "2001 FIA Sportscar Championship Brno". Retrieved 2021-04-01.
  17. ^ "Hankook 24H Epilogue Brno 2016 Race Results" (PDF). Retrieved 2021-04-01.

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