Shannonville Motorsport Park

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Shannonville Motorsport Park
Location Shannonville, Ontario, Canada
Time zone GMT −5
Owner Jean Gauthier
Opened 1979
Major events Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship
(-2014)
Canadian Touring Car Championship
(2008, 2014-2015)
CASCAR Super Series
(1989-1991, 1995)
Long Track
Length 4.03 km
Turns 15
Race lap record 1 Minute 43:824 Seconds (Francis Martin, BMW S1000RR, 2010, Pro Superbike)
Pro Track
Length 2.47 km
Turns 9
Race lap record 1 Minute 4.892 Seconds (Andrew Nelson, Yamaha, 2007, Pro Superbike)
Fabi Circuit
Length 2.23 km
Turns 8
Race lap record 1 Minute 2.528 Seconds (Andrew Nelson, BMW, 2010, Pro Superbike)
Nelson Circuit
Length 1.80 km
Turns 6
Race lap record 57.388 Seconds (Rob Busby, Air Cooled Thunder - Buell, , Superbike)
Drag Strip
Length 1/4 mi

Shannonville Motorsport Park is a motorsport road course circuit in Canada. It is located 15 km east of Belleville, Ontario, roughly midway between Toronto and Montreal, Quebec, near Highway 401 and along the former Provincial Highway 2.

It has many configurations, and its tight layout with lots of run-off space makes it a very good venue for race testing. Many race teams from Toronto and Montreal test at Shannonville in preparation for events held on street circuits, as the Shannonville raceway shares a lot of the same characteristics.

The raceway first started off as a dirt oval, with bedrock for a front straight. Much later, the 1.8 km "Nelson" circuit was built, named after the late John Nelson, owner of the circuit at the time. From there, the 2.23 km "Fabi" circuit was built north of the Nelson, and the two were linked to form the 4.03 km, 14-corner "Long Track". The Fabi circuit was named after Bertrand Fabi, a young Canadian driver who died while testing a Formula 3 car in England. The Fabi circuit has a long backstraight that now doubles as a drag strip. A link was then made after the first corner on the Nelson circuit to the seventh corner of the Long Circuit, creating the 2.47 km "Pro Circuit" layout.

Currently, the Canadian Touring Car Championship makes an annual visit to the facility, as well as auto-racing body CASC (Regional Road Races). Drag racing is also heavily featured there.

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Coordinates: 44°13′31″N 77°09′36″W / 44.2254°N 77.1600°W / 44.2254; -77.1600