Ciudad del Motor de Aragón

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Ciudad del Motor de Aragón
Motorland Aragón FIA.svg


Configuration for FIA sanctioned events

Motorland Aragón FIM.svg

Configuration for FIM sanctioned events
LocationAlcañiz, Aragon, Spain
Time zoneGMT+1
Coordinates41°4′42″N 0°12′27″W / 41.07833°N 0.20750°W / 41.07833; -0.20750Coordinates: 41°4′42″N 0°12′27″W / 41.07833°N 0.20750°W / 41.07833; -0.20750
FIA Grade1
Opened2009
ArchitectHermann Tilke
Major eventsFIM MotoGP
Aragon motorcycle Grand Prix
World Series by Renault
FIA Circuit
Length5.344 km (3.321 mi)
Race lap record1:41.376 (Arthur Pic, DAMS, 2012, Formula Renault 3.5 Series)
FIM Circuit
Length5.078 km (3.155 mi)
Race lap record1:48.120 (Jorge Lorenzo, Yamaha Motor Racing, 2015)
Websitewww.motorlandaragon.com

The Ciudad del Motor de Aragón, also known as Motorland Aragón, is a 5.344 km (3.321 mi) motorsport race track located in Alcañiz, Spain.

The circuit has been designed by well-known German architect Hermann Tilke in conjunction with the British architectural firm Foster + Partners. Formula One driver and Ferrari test driver Pedro de la Rosa was a technical and sporting consultant on the project.[1]

The facility has been designed to incorporate three main zones – a technology park, a sports area and a leisure and culture area. The technology park will feature research and educational institutes related to the motor industry, the sports area will include the racing circuit (with multiple layouts), a karting track and various gravel circuits, whilst the leisure and culture section will feature a hotel, business centre and shopping facilities.[2]

A race in the Formul'Academy Euro Series at Ciudad del Motor de Aragón (2009)

It was announced on 26 May 2008 that the circuit will host a round of the World Series by Renault in 2009, the first international championship to race at the venue.[3][4] The event has returned to Aragón every year since, until the end of the championship in 2015. Renault Sport Technologies had access to the circuit for thirty days per year for testing and promotional events. When the World Series by Renault championship was discontinued at the end of 2015 and was relaunched in 2016 as Formula V8 3.5, the circuit continued to be part of the schedule. The race remained on the championship for the 2017 season, at the end of which the championship was discontinued.

On 18 March 2010, Motorland Aragón was announced as a replacement for the Balatonring on the 2010 MotoGP calendar. Aragón was already in place as a reserve event and replaces the Hungarian race which was postponed because of overrunning construction work. This made the Aragon motorcycle Grand Prix the fourth Spanish race on the calendar.[5] In March 2011 Dorna Sports signed a contract with the circuit to make it a permanent entry on the main calendar until at least 2016.[6] On 19 May 2010, it was announced that the circuit will hold a round of the Superbike World Championship from 2011, with a three-year deal being agreed.[7]

The circuit was used as part of stage seven of the 2012 Vuelta a España.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Work team". motorlandaragon.com. Retrieved 2008-11-18.
  2. ^ "CIRCUITS & AREAS". motorlandaragon.com. Retrieved 2008-11-18.
  3. ^ "Motorland Aragon to host race in '09". autosport.com. 2008-05-27. Retrieved 2008-11-18.
  4. ^ "Motorland Aragón to host WSR in 2009 and 2010". italiaracing.net. 2008-05-26. Retrieved 2008-11-18.
  5. ^ "Motorland Aragon replaces Hungary on MotoGP calendar". MotoGp.com. 2010-03-18. Retrieved 2009-03-18.
  6. ^ "Dorna and MotorLand Aragón agree extension until 2016". motogp.com. 1 March 2011. Retrieved 16 April 2011.
  7. ^ "MotorLand Aragón to join WSBK calendar from 2011". crash.net. Crash Media Group. 2010-05-19. Retrieved 2010-05-19.
  8. ^ "Huesca – Alcañiz. Motorland Aragón". Vuelta a España. Unipublic. Archived from the original on 26 August 2012. Retrieved 24 August 2012.

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