The Autodromo di Pergusa is an automobile and motorcycle circuit that encircles the only Sicilian natural lake, Pergusa Lake. The circuit is also known as Enna-Pergusa, as the lake is located near the city of Enna.

Overview

Autodrome of Pergusa

During the 1960s, the track hosted various sportscar events such as the Coppa Città di Enna and later in the 1970s the Coppa Florio. It also played host to a non-championship Formula One event known as the Mediterranean Grand Prix. In 1989 the Italian round of the World Superbike Championship was held here. In the 1990s, the track was upgraded and hosted events for the FIA Sportscar Championship, FIA GT Championship, and Formula 3000. In 1997 the track was also the location of the Ferrari festival.

The last round of the 2012 Superstars Series and 2012 International GTSprint Series was held at Pergusa. The circuit hosted a round of the FIA European Touring Car Championship in 2013, 2014 and 2015. The venue hosted a round of the 2015 TCR Italian Series.

The dust and the abrasive nature of the track tended to make the surface very slippery. The Formula 3000 races in particular were also known for very poor standards of organization and marshaling.[1]

Starting in 1974, the Coppa Florio, one of the world's oldest motor races, was revived as a sports car race at Pergusa. The race counted towards the World Sportscar Championship most years from 1975, last being held in 1981. In 2020, Creventic hosted a 12 hour race around the circuit in a two day event on October 10–11 as part of the 2020 24H GT Series, again reviving the Coppa Florio name.[2][3]

Lap records

The official race lap records at the Autodromo di Pergusa are listed as:

Category Time Driver Vehicle Event
Grand Prix Circuit with Schumacher Chicane (1995–present): 4.950 km
F3000 1:31.149[4] Ricardo Rosset Reynard 95D 1995 Mediterranean Grand Prix
Sports prototype 1:31.728[5] Nicola Larini Ferrari 333 SP 1999 Pergusa 2 hours and 30 Minutes
GT3 1:34.218[6] Jaap van Lagen Mercedes-AMG GT3 2020 Coppa Florio
GT1 1:36.594[7] Fabrizio Gollin Chrysler Viper GTS-R 2002 FIA GT Pergusa 500km
N-GT 1:40.755[8] Marc Lieb Porsche 911 GT3-RS 2003 FIA GT Pergusa 500km
TCR 1:43.548[9] CUPRA León TCR 2020 Coppa Florio
GT4 1:44.298[10] McLaren 570S GT4 2020 Coppa Florio

References

  1. ^ L’annee Formule 3000 1992. Drapeau a Damier.
  2. ^ "CREVENTIC to revive the Coppa Florio at Pergusa". 24H Series. Retrieved 2020-10-10.
  3. ^ Goodwin, Graham. "Creventic Revives Historic Coppa Florio". dailysportscar.com. Retrieved 11 November 2020.
  4. ^ "1995 Formula 3000 Mediterraneo Session Facts". Retrieved 3 April 2021.
  5. ^ "2 h 30 min Pergusa 1999". Retrieved 3 April 2021.
  6. ^ "1st Hankook COPPA FLORIO 12H SICILY Race Part 2 Provisional Result" (PDF). Retrieved 3 April 2021.
  7. ^ "FIA GT Championship Pergusa 2002". Retrieved 3 April 2021.
  8. ^ "FIA GT Championship Pergusa 2003". Retrieved 3 April 2021.
  9. ^ "1st Hankook COPPA FLORIO 12H SICILY Race Part 1 Heat Statistics" (PDF). Retrieved 3 April 2021.
  10. ^ "1st Hankook COPPA FLORIO 12H SICILY Race Part 2 Heat Statistics" (PDF). Retrieved 3 April 2021.

External links

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