Autódromo de Sitges-Terramar
|Location||Sant Pere de Ribes, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain|
|Time zone||GMT +1|
|Major events||Spanish Grand Prix|
Penya Rhin Grand Prix
|Length||2.0 km (1.242 mi)|
|Race lap record||42.6 (Carlos Sainz, Audi R8 LMS, 2012)|
Autódromo de Sitges-Terramar is a former racing circuit located in Sant Pere de Ribes near Sitges (Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain). Although minor races were sporadically held on the circuit through the 1950s, it was largely abandoned after the inaugural season of 1923.
In 1922 Frick Armangue founded Autodromo Nacional, S.A to oversee the construction of a new concrete oval for auto and motorcycle racing. The architects were Jaume Mestres (track) and Josep Maria Martino (facilities). It was completed in 300 days at a cost of 4 million pesetas. The track had a length of 2 kilometers and banking in the corners of 60 degrees.
The opening meeting was held on 28 October 1923. The event was for 2-litre GP cars and was won by Albert Divo in a Sunbeam defeating Count Louis Zborowski in a Miller, with a winning speed of 96.91 mph. No prize money was awarded. Unpaid construction overruns caused the builders to seize the gate receipts, leaving the organizers with no money to pay the drivers. As a result, the track was forbidden to host international races again. Drivers also complained about the entry and exit from the bankings claiming the transition from straight to banking and back again was poorly designed. Catalunyan Automobile Club and the Penya Rhin continued to hold races in 1925 with little success.
It was sold to Edgard de Morawitz in the 1930s. The last known race held on the oval was in the 1950s. The track and surrounding land is currently an operating chicken farm. Rediscovered by Canadian Mr. Peter Schomer in the 1990s and his plan was to build a Motorsport Resort on the property.
Gran Premio de España
|Season||Date||Winning Driver||Winning Team||Report|
|1923||October 28||Albert Divo||Sunbeam||Report|
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- The history of Autòdrom de Terramar
- Historic and modern photos of the track
- The loneliest race track – Sitges-Terramar's history
- Photos of Sitges Terramar Part 1[permanent dead link] Part 2[permanent dead link] Part 3[permanent dead link]
- Photos of Sitges Terramar
- More information about the "Autòdrom"
- Autosport - Video of Audi DTM racer Miguel Molina driving an Audi R8 LMS around the Sitges Terramar - by Jamie O'Leary
- Historic Purpose Built Grand Prix Circuits on Google Maps
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