Roskilde Ring

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Roskilde Ring
Location Roskilde, Denmark
Coordinates 55°37′56″N 12°04′51″E / 55.63222°N 12.08083°E / 55.63222; 12.08083Coordinates: 55°37′56″N 12°04′51″E / 55.63222°N 12.08083°E / 55.63222; 12.08083
Length 1.400 km (0.870 mi)
Lap record 42.00 (Reine Wisell, , 1968)

Roskilde Ring was a motor racing circuit in Roskilde, Denmark. It hosted the Danish Grand Prix between 1960 and 1962, with non-championship Formula One races in the last two years which were won by Stirling Moss and Jack Brabham.

History[edit]

The circuit was opened in 1955 by Businessman Paul Tholstrup as a short 670 meter track, becoming Denmark's first permanent road circuit. The layout was a banked oval, utilizing the steep sides of the old gravel pit which the circuit was built on. In 1957 the track was extended, using waste land which existed between the circuit and the rail track to the west. This created the still relatively short 1.4 kilometer grand prix circuit. Typical for this circuit, described by Stirling Moss as "a most peculiar raceway", were the banked corners and the fact that the circuit did not have a real straight. Because the track was built in an old gravel pit it looks like an amphitheater. There was also an elevation of 14 meters (45 feet) and the track was driven anticlockwise.

Roskilde Ring as it is today. A pond is where the paddock once stood.

The Roskilde Ring was located close to the center of Roskilde, with new residential developments surrounding the circuit. Due to the high number of complaints about the noise created, it was closed in 1969. After closing the site was turned into a park. A hotel has been built where the race control tower stood.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://forix.autosport.com/8w/roskildering.html Roskilde Ring history at forix.autosport.com

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