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]

Description

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.[3]

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.

Major events

FIA GT Championship and Blancpain Sprint Series

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. Many cars flew on the second hill. [4]

FIA GT1 World Championship

On 10 June 2012, the track hosted the fourth round of the 2012 FIA GT1 World Championship season.[5] 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.[6]

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.[7]

FIA World Touring Car Championship and Cup

On 6 February 2012, it was announced that Slovakia Ring will replace the Argentina race in the 2012 World Touring Car Championship calendar.[8] 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.[9]

It also hosted the Race of Slovakia in the following 2013 season 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.[10]

The race was featured again as the fourth round of the 2014 season, which took place on 11 May 2014.[11] The winning driver of the first race was Sébastien Loeb in a Citroën C-Elysée, while the second race was cancelled due to heavy rain.[12]

In 2015, the race was pushed forward to 21 June, and the two winners were Yvan Muller and Sébastien Loeb, both in Citroën C-Elysée.

In 2016, it was pulled back to 17 April and the format of the championship was slightly changed, with an opening race with the top grid positions inversed and a second main race with the grid from the qualifying session. The winners were Tiago Monteiro in a Honda Civic in the opening race, and José María López in a Citroën C-Elysée in the main race.

In 2017, the race was not featured in the series calendar.

In 2018, with the new FIA World Touring Car Cup regulations and format, the race was added to the calendar on 7 June, once again as a replacement of the Argentina race.[13] It took place on 13–15 July and the winners were Pepe Oriola in a Cupra León in the first race, and Gabriele Tarquini and Norbert Michelisz in the second and third races, both in Hyundai i30.

In 2019, the race was featured as the third round of the racing calendar, in the weekend 10–12 May. All three races took place on Sunday, as the event ran together with the FIM Endurance World Championship support series.[14] The winners were Frédéric Vervisch (Audi RS3), Néstor Girolami (Honda Civic), and the Chinese driver Ma Qing Hua (Alfa Romeo Giulietta).

ADAC GT Masters

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.[15][16]

Acceleration 2014

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

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.[17] after 2016 Tour Car Endurance Series has not showed back to the event due to low car count.

FIA European Truck Racing Championship

Between 15 and 16 July 2017, the track will host the fourth round of the FIA European Truck Racing Championship.[18]

The track was featured again in the 2018 season, between 14 and 15 July, as a support series of the FIA World Touring Car Cup.

Parameters

  • 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

Lap records

The lap records at the Automotodróm Slovakia Ring are listed as:[19]

Category Time Driver Vehicle Event
Grand Prix Circuit Variant 4b: 5.935 km (2018-present)
Maxx Formula 1:45.932 Jaguar R5 F1 Maxx Formula 2019
Grand Prix Circuit Variant 4: 5.922 km (2009-present)
Maxx Formula 1:39.002 Jaguar R5 F1 Maxx Formula 2019
Formula Renault 3.5 1:41.600[20] Sam Bird Dallara T12 5 September 2012 Formula Renault 3.5 Testing
BOSS GP 1:43.115 Andreas Zuber Dallara GP2/05 Cena Slovenska 2010 Euro Boss Series
GT3 (Qualifying) 2:00.542[21] Jens Klingmann BMW Z4 GT3 2014 Slovakiaring ADAC GT Masters round
GT3 (Race) 2:02.331[21] Corvette Z06-R GT3 2014 Slovakiaring ADAC GT Masters round
WTCC (Qualifying) 2:03.736[22] Yvan Muller Citroën C-Elysée WTCC 2015 FIA WTCC Race of Slovakia
FIM EWC (Race) 2:03.886[23] Mike di Meglio Honda CBR1000RR 2019 8 Hours of Slovakiaring
FIM EWC (Qualifying) 2:04.200[23] Niccolò Canepa Yamaha YZF-R1 2017 8 Hours of Slovakiaring
WTCC (Race) 2:05.748[24] Yvan Muller Citroën C-Elysée WTCC 2015 FIA WTCC Race of Slovakia
TCR Touring Car (Qualifying) 2:09.312[25] Gabriele Tarquini Hyundai i30 N TCR 2018 FIA WTCR Race of Slovakia
TCR Touring Car (Race) 2:10.590[26] Mikel Azcona CUPRA León Competición TCR 2021 TCR Europe Slovakia Ring round

References

  1. ^ "About the race track". Slovakia Ring. Archived from the original on 21 September 2012. Retrieved 12 September 2012.
  2. ^ "Slovakiaring". Track Reviewers. Archived from the original on 13 May 2012. Retrieved 27 May 2012.
  3. ^ "Tough weekend' for Porsche duo". gt1world.com. Archived from the original on 8 October 2012. Retrieved 15 June 2012.
  4. ^ "Event details". FIA GT3 European Championship. Retrieved 27 May 2012.
  5. ^ "Calendar". FIA GT1 World Championship. 4 April 2012. Archived from the original on 2 May 2012. Retrieved 21 April 2012.
  6. ^ "Calendar". FIA GT Series. Archived from the original on 22 July 2013. Retrieved 14 July 2013.
  7. ^ http://www.blancpain-gt-series.com/calendar
  8. ^ "Slovakia Ring replaces Argentina". WTCC. 6 February 2012.[permanent dead link]
  9. ^ "Event details". WTCC. Archived from the original on 29 July 2012. Retrieved 27 May 2012.
  10. ^ "Slovakia Ring". WTCC. Archived from the original on 10 May 2013. Retrieved 14 July 2013.
  11. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original on 16 June 2012. Retrieved 29 June 2012.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  12. ^ http://www.fiawtcc.com/race-2-cancelled-due-to-heavy-rain/
  13. ^ https://www.fiawtcr.com/slovakia-added-to-wtcr-oscaro-calendar/
  14. ^ https://www.fiawtcr.com/all-you-need-to-know-about-wtcr-race-of-slovakia/
  15. ^ Runschke, Oliver. "Second half of ADAC GT Masters season about to commence at Slovakia Ring". automobilsport.com. automobilsport.com. Retrieved 11 February 2015.
  16. ^ http://www.adac-gt-masters.de/uk/rennen/
  17. ^ http://www.touringcarenduranceseries.com/2016/24h-slovakia-ring
  18. ^ http://www.fiaetrc.com/event/37/slovakiaring
  19. ^ "Slovakiaring - Race Track Records". Retrieved 21 March 2021.
  20. ^ "Testovací pilot F1 zlomil rekord Slovakia Ringu". Slovakia Ring. Archived from the original on 4 October 2012. Retrieved 12 September 2012.
  21. ^ a b "ADAC GT Masters Slovakia Ring 2014". Retrieved 30 March 2021.
  22. ^ "2015 FIA WTCC Race of Slovakia 3rd Qualifying Results". Retrieved 21 March 2021.
  23. ^ a b "8 Hours of Slovakiaring 2019". Retrieved 21 March 2021.
  24. ^ "2015 FIA WTCC Race of Slovakia Session Facts". Retrieved 21 March 2021.
  25. ^ "WTCR Race of Slovakia 2020". Retrieved 21 March 2021.
  26. ^ "TCR Europe Slovakia Ring 2021". Retrieved 27 July 2021.

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