The Buriram International Circuit (known as Chang International Circuit (ช้าง อินเตอร์เนชั่นแนล เซอร์กิต) for commercial purposes, but listed by its non-commercial name because of alcohol restrictions in some countries) is a motorsport race track in Buriram, Buriram Province, Thailand. The circuit was opened in 2014.[2] This is the first FIA Grade 1 and FIM Grade A circuit in Thailand. The track's primary corporate sponsor, Chang Beer, named the track as part of the sponsorship; however, because of laws regarding alcohol sponsorship in France and Qatar, the circuit uses the non-commercial name in FIM documentation.

History

The Japanese Super GT has visited Buriram since 2014. Also, the TCR International Series, TCR Asia Series and GT Asia Series is scheduled to race at Buriram in October 2015, and the World Touring Car Championship in November 2015, and the Asian Le Mans Series in January 2016.

On 22 March 2015, the first ever Thailand round of the World Superbike Championship was held at the circuit. Both of the Superbike races were won by UK rider Jonathan Rea and the World Supersport race was won by Thai rider Ratthapark Wilairot, much to the delight of the Thai spectators.[3]

On 23 June 2015, it was announced that the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia series would be visiting the circuit for the seventh and eighth rounds of the one-make series.[4]

On 12 March 2016, the second Thailand round of the World Superbike Championship was held. UK rider Jonathan Rea again won race 1, UK rider Tom Sykes won race 2. The World Supersport race was won by the French rider Jules Cluzel.[3]

On 11 March 2017, the third Thailand round of the World SuperBike Championship took place. UK rider Jonathan Rea scored his hattrick of race 1 wins at the circuit and also won race 2. The World Supersport race was won by Italian rider Federico Caricasulo, local Thai rider Decha Kraisart came second.[3]

In September 2017, Dorna Sports confirmed that MotoGP will be held at the Buriram International Circuit, with a three-year commitment running from 2018 to 2020 for a race called the PTT Thailand Grand Prix.[5]

Lap records

The lap records at the Chang International Circuit are listed as:

Category Time Driver Vehicle Event
Grand Prix Circuit: 4.554 km (2014-present)
LMP2 1:23.848[6] Nick Cassidy Ligier JS P217 2020 4 Hours of Buriram
Super GT GT500 1:24.977[7] Yuhi Sekiguchi Lexus LC 500 GT500 2018 Buriram Super GT round
LMP3 1:29.905[8] Josh Burdon Ligier JS P3 2018 6 Hours of Buriram
MotoGP 1:30.904 Marc Márquez Honda RC213V 2019 Thailand motorcycle Grand Prix
Formula 3 1:32.260[9] Mikhael Belov Tatuus F.3 T-318 2019–20 Buriram F3 Asia round
World SBK 1:32.724[10] Álvaro Bautista Ducati Panigale V4 R 2019 Buriram World SBK round
GT3 1:33.055[8] Jesse Krohn BMW M6 GT3 2018 6 Hours of Buriram
Super GT GT300 1:33.172[11] Katsuyuki Hiranaka Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3 (2018) 2018 Buriram Super GT round
Moto2 1:36.097 Luca Marini Kalex Moto2 2019 Thailand motorcycle Grand Prix
World SSP 1:37.620 Randy Krummenacher Yamaha YZF-R6 2018 Buriram World SSP round
WTCC 1:39.275[12] Gabriele Tarquini Honda Civic WTCC 2015 FIA WTCC Race of Thailand
Formula 4 1:42.398[13] Ugo de Wilde Mygale M14-F4 2017-18 Buriram F4 SEA round
Moto3 1:42.963 Dennis Foggia KTM RC250GP 2018 Thailand motorcycle Grand Prix
TCR Touring Car 1:44.121 Gianni Morbidelli Honda Civic TCR 2015 TCR International Series Buriram round

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