Circuit Ricardo Tormo, also known as Circuit de Valencia and officially named Circuit de la Comunitat Valenciana Ricardo Tormo, is a motorsport race track located in Cheste (Valencian Community, Spain) and built in 1999. The track is named after Spanish, two-time world champion Grand Prix motorcycle racer Ricardo Tormo, who died in 1998 of leukemia. It has a capacity of 120,000 and a main straight of 876 metres.

The track hosts the MotoGP Valencian Community Grand Prix. Also, the FIA GT Championship had a race there in 2000 and 2004, the World Touring Car Championship from 2005 to 2012, the European Le Mans Series in 2007, and the DTM from 2010 to 2012. It has also been Formula E's pre-season test venue since the 2017–18 season, having moved from Donington Park, with the circuit also considered a replacement venue for the 2019-20 season because of the COVID-19 crisis cancelling numerous rounds. It was also the GP3 Series (now FIA Formula 3 Championship) pre-season test venue until the 2017 season. The series also hosted a one-off event at the track in 2013. The GP2 Series (now FIA Formula 2 Championship) also held rounds at the track in 2006 and 2007. Valencia has also hosted the season-opening round of the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series since 2014.

Formula E

The circuit has been used by Formula E as a pre-season testing venue since 2017. On 28 January 2021, it was announced that the circuit would host the Valencia ePrix as the 5th and 6th round of the 2020–21 Formula E World Championship, to be held on 24 April 2021, replacing the cancelled Paris ePrix. It will be the first time an ePrix has been held on a permanent race circuit, albeit on a unique configuration.[1] One of the differences between the normal track for pre-season testing and the track used for the race is the installation of a temporary chicane in the start/finish straight. The track then turns right immediately after the exit of turn 8.

In other media

The track has been recreated in the videogames Tourist Trophy and Gran Turismo PSP. The track also appears in other video games like Alfa Romeo Racing Italiano, GTR Evolution and rFactor as well. As it is a MotoGP round host, the track has appeared in every MotoGP game since its début in 1999. The latest recreation of the track was in MotoGP 20, and the SBK games during 2006–2013.

Lap records

Anthony Davidson holds the unofficial lap record, set in 2006 while testing a Honda RA106, with a time of 1:08.540sec.[2] The official race lap records at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo are listed as:

Category Time Driver Vehicle Event Circuit Map
Grand Prix Circuit: 4.005 km (1999-present)
GP2 1:21.244 Andreas Zuber Dallara GP2/05 2006 Valencia GP2 Series round Valencia (Ricardo Tormo) track map.svg
Formula Renault 3.5 1:22.448[3] Éric Salignon Dallara T05 2005 Valencia Formula Renault 3.5 Series round
GP3 1:24.487[4] Melville McKee Dallara GP3/13 2013 Valencia GP3 Round
Euroseries 3000 1:24.868[5] Marco Bonanomi Lola B05/52 2009 Valencia Euroseries 3000 round
LMP1 1:25.234[6] Stéphane Sarrazin Peugeot 908 HDi FAP 2007 1000 km of Valencia
Formula 3 1:26.378[7] Felix Rosenqvist Dallara F312 2012 Valencia Formula 3 round
DTM 1:27.116[8] Bruno Spengler BMW M3 DTM 2012 Valencia DTM round
F2 (2009-2012) 1:28.322 Kazim Vasiliauskas Williams JPH1 2009 Valencia Formula Two round
FREC 1:30.153[9] Dino Beganovic Tatuus F.3 T-318 2021 Valencia FREC round
MotoGP 1:31.116 Marc Márquez Honda RC213V 2019 Valencian Community motorcycle Grand Prix
GT1 1:32.241[10] Uwe Alzen Saleen S7-R 2004 FIA GT Valencia 500km
GT3 1:32.649[11] Timur Boguslavskiy Mercedes-AMG GT3 Evo 2021 Valencia GT World Challenge Europe round
Formula 4 1:33.682[12] Mari Boya Tatuus F4-T014 2020 Valencia F4 Spain round
Formula Renault 2.0 1:33.801[13] Adrian Zaugg Tatuus FR2000 2005 Valencia Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 round
World SBK 1:34.618 Noriyuki Haga Ducati 1098R 2009 Valencia World SBK round
Moto2 1:34.820 Thomas Lüthi Kalex Moto2 2019 Valencian Community motorcycle Grand Prix
Ferrari Challenge 1:35.712[14] Ferrari 488 Challenge 2019 Valencia Ferrari Challenge round
N-GT 1:36.024[10] Sascha Maassen Porsche 911 (996) GT3-RSR 2004 FIA GT Valencia 500km
World SSP 1:36.865 Cal Crutchlow Yamaha YZF-R6 2009 Valencia World SSP round
Moto3 1:39.109 Marcos Ramírez KTM RC250GP 2017 Valencian Community motorcycle Grand Prix
MotoE 1:40.234 Eric Granado Energica Ego 2019 Valencian Community motorcycle Grand Prix
EuroNASCAR PRO 1:40.764[15] Alon Day Chevrolet Camaro NASCAR 2020 Valencia NASCAR Whelen Euro Series round
ETCC 1:42.438[16] Augusto Farfus Alfa Romeo 156 GTA Super 2000 2004 Valencia ETCC round
TCR Touring Car 1:42.778 Pepe Oriola SEAT León Cup Racer 2015 TCR International Series Valencia round
WTCC 1:43.795 Dirk Müller BMW 320i 2005 FIA WTCC Race of Spain
Formula E Circuit: 3.376 km (2021)
Formula E 1:30.081 Alexander Sims Mahindra M7Electro 2021 Valencia ePrix Formula E Valencia Track.svg

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Coordinates: 39°29′9″N 0°37′41″W / 39.48583°N 0.62806°W / 39.48583; -0.62806