A race in the Formul'Academy Euro Series at Ciudad del Motor de Aragón (2009)

MotorLand Aragón (alternative Spanish name: Circuito de Alcañiz) is a 5.344 kilometres (3.321 mi) race track used for motorsports located in Alcañiz, Spain.

The circuit was designed by German architect Hermann Tilke in conjunction with the British architectural business Foster and Partners. Formula One driver Pedro de la Rosa was a technical and sporting consultant on the project.[1]

The facility has been designed to incorporate three main zones – a technology park, a sports area and a leisure and culture area. The technology park will feature research and educational institutes related to the motor industry, the sports area will include the racing circuit (with multiple layouts), a karting track and various gravel circuits, whilst the leisure and culture section will feature a hotel, business centre and shopping facilities.[2]

History

It was announced on 26 May 2008 that the circuit will host a round of the World Series by Renault in 2009, the first international championship to race at the venue.[3][4] The event has returned to Aragón every year since, until the end of the championship in 2015. Renault Sport Technologies had access to the circuit for thirty days per year for testing and promotional events. When the World Series by Renault championship was discontinued at the end of 2015 and was relaunched in 2016 as Formula V8 3.5, the circuit continued to be part of the schedule. The race remained on the championship for the 2017 season, at the end of which the championship was discontinued.

On 18 March 2010, MotorLand Aragón was announced as a replacement for the Balatonring on the 2010 MotoGP calendar. Aragón was already in place as a reserve event and replaces the Hungarian race which was postponed because of overrunning construction work. This made the Aragon motorcycle Grand Prix the fourth Spanish race on the calendar.[5] In March 2011 Dorna Sports signed a contract with the circuit to make it a permanent entry on the main calendar until at least 2016.[6] On 19 May 2010, it was announced that the circuit will hold a round of the Superbike World Championship from 2011, with a three-year deal being agreed.[7]

The circuit was used as part of stage seven of the 2012 Vuelta a España.[8]

The circuit was planned to host round 6 of the 2020 World Touring Car Cup on the 5th of July, replacing Circuit Zandvoort on the calendar.[9] However, due to COVID-19 pandemic, the race was postponed; and the circuit hosted 2 WTCR rounds (Race of Spain, Race of Aragon) on the dates of 31 October-1 November 2020 and 14-15 November 2020 respectively. The circuit will continue to host WTCR races in 2021.

Fatalities

On 25 July 2021, during the 2021 European Talent Cup, Hugo Millán died in a fatal crash; he was 14 at the time.[10]

Lap records

The official race lap records at the MotorLand Aragón are listed as:

Category Time Driver Vehicle Event Circuit Map
FIA Grand Prix Circuit: 5.345 km (2009-present)
Formula Renault 3.5 1:41.376[11] Arthur Pic Dallara T12 2012 Aragon Formula Renault 3.5 Series round Motorland Aragón FIA.svg
Formula Renault 2.0 1:55.950[12] Max Defourny Tatuus FR2.0/13 2016 Aragon Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 round
World SBK 1:57.664 Tom Sykes Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R 2014 Aragon World SBK round
Formula 4 2:01.012[13] Kas Haverkort Tatuus F4-T014 2020 Aragon F4 Spain round
World SSP 2:01.708 Jules Cluzel MV Agusta F3 675 2014 Aragon World SSP round
TCR Touring Car 2:06.689[14] Gilles Magnus Audi RS 3 LMS TCR 2020 WTCR Race of Spain
FIA Grand Prix Circuit with Chicanes: 5.397 km (2020)
TCR Touring Car 2:15.272[15] Santiago Urrutia Lynk & Co 03 TCR 2020 WTCR Race of Aragon
FIM Grand Prix Circuit: 5.078 km (2009-present)
MotoGP 1:48.089 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha YZR-M1 2020 Teruel motorcycle Grand Prix Motorland Aragón FIM.svg
World SBK 1:49.620[16] Jonathan Rea Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10RR 2020 Aragon World SBK round
Formula 4 1:51.143[17] Richard Verschoor Tatuus F4-T014 2016 Aragon F4 Spain round
Moto2 1:51.730 Sam Lowes Kalex Moto2 2020 Teruel motorcycle Grand Prix
World SSP 1:53.990[18] Andrea Locatelli Yamaha YZF-R6 2020 Teruel World SSP round
Moto3 1:57.976 Sergio García Honda NSF250RW 2020 Teruel motorcycle Grand Prix
Supersport 300 2:06.316[19] Yamaha YZF-R3 2021 Aragon Supersport 300 round
National Circuit: 2.646 km (2009-present)
Pure ETCR 1:11.181[20] Augusto Farfus Hyundai Veloster N ETCR 2021 Aragon Pure ETCR round Motorland Aragón RFEdA.svg

References

  1. ^ "Work team". motorlandaragon.com. Archived from the original on 1 October 2008. Retrieved 18 November 2008.
  2. ^ "CIRCUITS & AREAS". motorlandaragon.com. Archived from the original on 1 October 2008. Retrieved 18 November 2008.
  3. ^ "Motorland Aragon to host race in '09". autosport.com. 27 May 2008. Retrieved 18 November 2008.
  4. ^ "Motorland Aragón to host WSR in 2009 and 2010". italiaracing.net. 26 May 2008. Archived from the original on 15 June 2010. Retrieved 18 November 2008.
  5. ^ "Motorland Aragon replaces Hungary on MotoGP calendar". MotoGp.com. 18 March 2010. Retrieved 18 March 2009.
  6. ^ "Dorna and MotorLand Aragón agree extension until 2016". motogp.com. 1 March 2011. Retrieved 16 April 2011.
  7. ^ "MotorLand Aragón to join WSBK calendar from 2011". crash.net. Crash Media Group. 19 May 2010. Retrieved 19 May 2010.
  8. ^ "Huesca – Alcañiz. Motorland Aragón". Vuelta a España. Unipublic. Archived from the original on 26 August 2012. Retrieved 24 August 2012.
  9. ^ "Aragón, Inje-Speedium confirmed on 2020 WTCR calendar". TouringCarTimes. 5 December 2019. Retrieved 5 December 2019.
  10. ^ Fialho, Fabio (25 July 2021). "Hugo Millán, 14 year old rider died after being run over during ETC race". Motorcycle Sports. Retrieved 25 July 2021.
  11. ^ "2012 Formula Renault 3.5 Aragon Session Facts". Retrieved 15 March 2021.
  12. ^ "2016 Formula Renault 2.0 Euro Aragon Session Facts". Retrieved 15 March 2021.
  13. ^ "2020 F4 Spain Aragon Race 2 Provisional Classification" (PDF). Retrieved 10 May 2021.
  14. ^ "2020 FIA World Touring Car Cup WTCR Race Of Spain Session Facts". Retrieved 15 March 2021.
  15. ^ "WTCR Race of Aragon 2020 - 14-15/11/2020". Retrieved 10 May 2021.
  16. ^ "2020 Superbike World Championship Aragon Session Facts". Retrieved 15 March 2021.
  17. ^ "F4 Campeonato de España Resistencia Carrera 1 (25' +1 vuelta) Clasificación Final" (PDF). Retrieved 10 May 2021.
  18. ^ "Pirelli Teruel Round, 4 - 6 September 2020 Results Race 2" (PDF). Retrieved 2 April 2021.
  19. ^ "Supersport 300 Pirelli Aragon Round, 21-23 May 2021 Results Race 2" (PDF). Retrieved 23 May 2021.
  20. ^ "PURE ETCR Spain 8-11 July 2021 Pool A - Round 1 - Battle 2 - 5 Laps at 300 kW Final Classification". Retrieved 22 August 2021.

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