The Baku World Challenge was an international motorsport competition in Baku, Azerbaijan, held on a temporary street circuit on closed public roads.

History

2012

In 2012, the City Challenge GmbH organized a stand-alone event for GT3-spec cars in Baku. It was called City Challenge Baku. The races were held on a 2.144 kilometer street circuit around the Government House.[2] Gymkhana drifters and entertainment activities were the supporting program. According to the promoter, the event had 42,000 visitors.[3]

2013

In 2013, the finale of the FIA GT Championship was held in Baku as Baku World Challenge. The series used a new street circuit close to the Baku Crystal Hall and the National Flag Square. It had a length of 4.380 kilometres. The event was organized by Jean-François Chaumont and the former Formula 1 driver Thierry Boutsen.[2]

2014

The Baku World Challenge was the last race of the Blancpain Sprint Series in 2014.[4] The event was discontinued following the announcement that Formula One would hold a street race in Baku from 2016.

Previous winners

Season Date Winning Drivers Car Team
2012 28 October France Frédéric Makowiecki
Netherlands Stef Dusseldorp
McLaren MP4-12C GT3 Hexis Racing
2013 24 November Monaco Stéphane Ortelli
Belgium Laurens Vanthoor
Audi R8 LMS ultra Belgian Audi Club Team WRT
2014 2 November Belgium Laurens Vanthoor
Brazil César Ramos
Audi R8 LMS ultra Belgian Audi Club Team WRT

References

  1. ^ "Result List Main Race" (PDF). Blancpain Timing. 2013-11-02. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-12-10. Retrieved 2014-03-03.
  2. ^ a b Fabian Stein (2013-11-20). "Wie die Challenge nach Baku kam". adrivo Sportpresse GmbH. Retrieved 2014-03-03.
  3. ^ "Overwhelming media coverage of Baku event". City Challenge GmbH. Archived from the original on 2014-03-03. Retrieved 2014-03-03.
  4. ^ "Zolder round of the Blancpain GT Series postponed by a week". SRO Motorsports Group. 2014-01-13. Archived from the original on 2014-02-17. Retrieved 2014-03-03.

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