Salzburgring

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Salzburgring
Track map for Salzburgring in Austria.svg
LocationPlainfeld, Austria
Time zoneGMT +1 (DST: GMT +2)
Coordinates47°49′16″N 013°09′34″E / 47.82111°N 13.15944°E / 47.82111; 13.15944Coordinates: 47°49′16″N 013°09′34″E / 47.82111°N 13.15944°E / 47.82111; 13.15944
AddressSalzburgring 1, 5325 Plainfeld, Austria
Opened1969
Major eventsWTCC, TCR, Histo Cup, ADAC Classic, Porsche Sprint Challenge, Electric Love Festival
Length4.255 km (2.63 mi)

The Salzburgring is a 4.225 kilometres (2.63 mi) motorsport race track located in Koppl, east of Salzburg.

Key Facts[edit]

Track Length                     4,255 metres

Bends                                12 (6 right und 6 left bends)

Straights                            4 (the longest being at start/finish which is 750m)

Incline                                maximum 3,8%

Decline                              maximum 1,8%

Altitude difference             ca 25 metres

Altitude                              648,3 bis 670,6 metres

Boxes                                31

History[edit]

1968              Groundbreaking ceremony

1969              Opening with a combined car and motorbike race

1970              First Grand Prix of Austria for Motorbikes

1971              First FIM Motorbike World Championship race

2012-2014    Touring Car World Championships

2013              First Electric Love Festival which, in 2018, brought 180,000 attendees to the track

2019              50thanniversary

The race track was first opened in 1969. Lying in a narrow, alpine valley, it has a rather simple layout, with two long straights plus the sweeping and fast "Fahrerlagerkurve" ("paddock turn") at the bottom, and the narrow "Nockstein-Kehre" on the top. In spite of its simple layout, it garnered a fearsome reputation for the high speeds reached on the straights and the "Fahrerlagerkurve". Michael Doohan describes the section between 7 and 10 as his all time favorite piece of racetrack, likening it to "threading a motorcycle through the eye of a needle at 180mph whilst banging fairings with your competitors with armco barriers on each side". He continues "Sure it was fast and dangerous, but also enormous fun. To me it's what motorcycle racing is all about".

The Salzburgring track hosts touring car races like the German ADAC Procar Series, Deutsche Produktionswagen Meisterschaft, Deutsche Tourenwagen Challenge, Super Tourenwagen Cup and the European Touring Car Championship. It was also the home of the Austrian motorcycle Grand Prix from 1971 to 1994, except for the 1980 and 1992 seasons. Giacomo Agostini and Angel Nieto are the all-time leaders in motorcycle Grand Prix victories at the circuit, with six wins apiece. Sidecar motorcycle races were also held at the venue. The track has also hosted the Oldtimer Grand Prix as well as during the last years a "Rupert Hollaus Memorial" organized by Ex-Grand Prix motorcycle and sidecar racer, Wolfgang Stropek. In 2008, the circuit played host to the then one-off European Touring Car Cup, with the event being won by Michel Nykjaer.

Grand Prix Motorcycle Racing[edit]

Some results:

European Touring Car Championship results[edit]

Results sourced from History of Touring Car Racing.[1]

Year Winner(s) Car
1970 Austria Helmut Marko BMW 1600
1971 Italy Gianluigi Picchi Alfa Romeo 1300 GTA Junior
1972 Italy Carlo Facetti Alfa Romeo 1300 GTA Junior
1973 West Germany Dieter Glemser
United Kingdom John Fitzpatrick
Ford Capri RS 2600 LW
1974 West Germany Hans-Joachim Stuck
Belgium Jacky Ickx
BMW 3.0 CSL
1975 Austria Dieter Quester
Switzerland Urs Zondler
BMW 3.0 CSL
1976 Belgium Hughes de Fierlant
Belgium Patrick Nève
BMW 3.0 CSL
1977 Sweden Gunnar Nilsson
Austria Dieter Quester
BMW 3.0 CSL
1978 Italy Martino Finotto
Italy Carlo Facetti
BMW 3.0 CSL
1979 Italy Martino Finotto
Italy Carlo Facetti
BMW 3.0 CSL
1980 Austria Dieter Quester
West Germany Dieter Kindlmann
BMW 320
1981 Italy Umberto Grano
West Germany Helmut Kelleners
BMW 635 CSi
1982 Czech Republic Zdenek Vojtech
Austria Jo Gartner
BMW 528i
1983 United Kingdom Tom Walkinshaw
United Kingdom Chuck Nicholson
Jaguar XJS
1984 United Kingdom Tom Walkinshaw
United Kingdom Chuck Nicholson
Jaguar XJS
1985 Italy Gianfranco Brancatelli
Sweden Thomas Lindström
Volvo 240T

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