Automotodróm Slovakia Ring

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Automotodróm Slovakia Ring
Slovakiaring.svg
Location Orechová Potôň, Slovakia
Architect Hans Roth[1]
Major events FIA GT1 World Championship
FIA GT3 European Championship
FIA World Touring Car Championship
ADAC GT Masters
EuroBOSS Series
Length 5.922 km (3.680 mi)
Turns 14
Lap record 1:41.600 (Sam Bird, ISR Racing, 2012)
Website slovakiaring.sk/home-en/

Automotodróm Slovakia Ring is a motor racing circuit in Orechová Potôň, Dunajská Streda District in Slovakia, approximately 30 km away from Bratislava Airport. It was built between 2008 and 2009.[2] Sam Bird set the current track record on 5 September 2012, during a testing session. He completed a lap in 1:41.600 in his Dallara T12 of Formula Renault 3.5 Series (2012) prepared by ISR Racing.[3]

Description[edit]

Pit lane and paddocks in 2012

New Zealand race car driver Matt Halliday suggested that the rear engine Porsches struggled with Slovakia Ring's long radius corners with much less front aerodynamics than the other cars.[4] A major feature of the circuit is a prominent hump on one of the straights that causes some cars to fly with the front wheels off the ground. Only one car has flipped over entirely and crashed after going over the hump at a high speed.[citation needed] Prior to start of the 2014 season the hump between turns 2 and 3 was rebuilt.

Autódromo Juan y Oscar Gálvez.

Major events[edit]

FIA GT Championship and Blancpain Sprint Series[edit]

FIA GT3 European Championship

On 21 August 2011, the track hosted the fifth round of the 2011 FIA GT3 European Championship season. Winners of the two 29-lap races were Dominik Baumann and Brice Bosi in the first, and Philippe Giauque and Mike Parisy in the second, both teams driving in Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG. Lots of cars flew on second hill. [5]

FIA GT1 World Championship

On 10 June 2012, the track hosted the fourth round of the 2012 FIA GT1 World Championship season.[6] The winners of the qualifying race were Filip Salaquarda and Toni Vilander in a Ferrari 458 Italia GT3, and the winners of the championship race were Michael Bartels and Yelmer Buurman in a BMW Z4 GT3.

FIA GT Series

On 18 August 2013, the track hosted the fourth round of the 2013 FIA GT Series season.[7]

Blancpain Sprint Series

On 24 August 2014, the track hosted the fourth round of the 2014 Blancpain Sprint Series season, the successor of the FIA GT Series.[8]

FIA World Touring Car Championship[edit]

On 6 February 2012, it was announced that Slovakia Ring will replace the Argentina race in the 2012 World Touring Car Championship calendar.[9] The event took place on 29 April 2012, with Gabriele Tarquini winning the first race in a SEAT León and Robert Huff the second race in a Chevrolet Cruze.[10]

It also hosted the Race of Slovakia in the following 2013 World Touring Car Championship calendar. The event took place on 28 April 2013, with Gabriele Tarquini winning the first race in a Honda Civic, and Tom Coronel the second race in BMW 320 TC.[11]

The race was featured again as the fourth round of the 2014 World Touring Car Championship season, which took place on 11 May 2014.[12]

ADAC GT Masters[edit]

On 14 and 15 September 2013, the track hosted the seventh round of the 2013 ADAC GT Masters season.

Between 8 and 10 August 2014, the track hosted the fifth round of the 2014 ADAC GT Masters season.[13][14]

Acceleration 2014[edit]

Between 4 and 6 July 2014, the Slovakia Ring hosted the fifth weekend of Acceleration 2014, a series of festivals combining top class car and bike racing with music and entertainment.

Touring Car Endurance Series 2016[edit]

The first ever 24 hours automobile sport event at the Slovakia Ring was the Hankook 24H SLOVAKIA RING on 15 and 16 June 2016, as part of the Touring Car Endurance Series. The race had a rather close finish. After 24 hours there was just a 20.9 seconds lead for ARC Bratislava by Ferry Monster Autosport.[15]

Parameters[edit]

  • Track length: 5,922 m
  • Track width: 12 m
  • Finishing point length: 900 m
  • Finishing point width: 20 m
  • Accelerating testing track length: 1,144 m
  • Accelerating testing track width: 20 m

References[edit]

  1. ^ "About the race track". Slovakia Ring. Archived from the original on 21 September 2012. Retrieved 12 September 2012. 
  2. ^ "Slovakiaring". Track Reviewers. Retrieved 27 May 2012. 
  3. ^ "Testovací pilot F1 zlomil rekord Slovakia Ringu". Slovakia Ring. Archived from the original on 4 October 2012. Retrieved 12 September 2012. 
  4. ^ "Tough weekend’ for Porsche duo". gt1world.com. Retrieved 15 June 2012. 
  5. ^ "Event details". FIA GT3 European Championship. Retrieved 27 May 2012. 
  6. ^ "Calendar". FIA GT1 World Championship. 4 April 2012. 
  7. ^ "Calendar". FIA GT Series. Retrieved 14 July 2013. 
  8. ^ http://www.blancpain-gt-series.com/calendar
  9. ^ "Slovakia Ring replaces Argentina". WTCC. 6 February 2012. [permanent dead link]
  10. ^ "Event details". WTCC. Retrieved 27 May 2012. [permanent dead link]
  11. ^ "Slovakia Ring". WTCC. Archived from the original on 10 May 2013. Retrieved 14 July 2013. 
  12. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original on 16 June 2012. Retrieved 29 June 2012. 
  13. ^ Runschke, Oliver. "Second half of ADAC GT Masters season about to commence at Slovakia Ring". automobilsport.com. automobilsport.com. Retrieved 11 February 2015. 
  14. ^ http://www.adac-gt-masters.de/uk/rennen/
  15. ^ http://www.touringcarenduranceseries.com/2016/24h-slovakia-ring

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 48°03′14″N 17°34′15″E / 48.05389°N 17.57083°E / 48.05389; 17.57083