The Dubai Autodrome is an FIA sanctioned 5.39 km (3.349 mi) motorsports circuit located in Dubailand, Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The architects of the project were Populous and the circuit was designed by Clive Bowen of Apex Circuit Design Ltd.

Opened in October 2004 with the final round of the LG Super Racing Weekend[1] featuring the final rounds of the FIA GT Championship, European Touring Car Championship and 2004 Formula Renault V6 Eurocup season, Dubai Autodrome was the first part of the Dubai Motor City development that was available for use.[2] The venue hosted the December 2005 A1 Grand Prix and the FIA GT Championship from 2004 to 2006. The track record at the longest configuration was set by Kamui Kobayashi (DAMS) with a time of 1:41.220 in a GP2 Asia car.

Since 2006 the Autodrome has been home to the Dubai 24 Hour, a GT, sports car and touring car automobile endurance race open to both professional and semi-professional teams. The circuit has FIA Grade 1 license, which means that it has all the requirements to host a Formula One race (though Abu Dhabi currently hosts F1 races in the UAE).[3]

Some of the world's most famous drivers have driven competitively or visited the circuit including Formula One world champions Michael Schumacher, Kimi Räikkönen, Nico Rosberg, and Jenson Button.

Role in UAE motorsport

Dubai Autodrome has deliberately positioned itself as the home of UAE national motorsport. The goal to develop and promote UAE motor racing at national level. Through the DAMC the venue has hosted races for:[4] UAE Touring Car Championship, UAE GT Championship, NGK Racing Series, UAE Clio Cup and UAE Sportbikes Championship. Other local and regional race series that have visited the circuit include: Trofeo Maserati, Radical Cup, Porsche Cup Middle East, Suzuki Swift Cup and Formula Gulf 1000. The highlight of the motorsport calendar for local racing has been the Dubai Motorsport Festival, at the circuit which takes, on a distinctly local flavour with the catch phrase being: a celebration of UAE motorsport.

Hankook 24 Hours of Dubai

The Hankook 24 Hour of Dubai[5] endurance race has become a mainstay of the international motorsport calendar and is the first major road racing event on the global calendar of any given year. Hosted at Dubai Autodrome the round attracts teams and drivers including a number of teams and drivers from the UAE.

Dubai Kartdrome

The Kartdrome[6] - which is part of the Autodrome complex - is an international standard karting track situated across the boulevard from the Dubai Autodrome main straight. The venue hosts Arrive & Drive sessions every day in both the outdoor track and the adjoining indoor venue.

The venue also hosts UAE championship karting[7] rounds featuring Cadet, Rotax Max Junior, Rotax Max Senior categories and the SWS Sprint Series, Also on the calendar is the Dubai Kartdrome Endurance Challenge - a series of four endurance races ranging from 12 to 24 hours which attracts karting teams from around the globe.

The Kartdrome has in the past hosted rounds of the Biland World Finals and the Middle East Karting Championship.

The Sodi World Finals 2020 has been postponed due to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) and will be held at the Dubai Kartdrome in February 2021 rather than April 2020.

The biggest karting race in the Middle East (Dubai O Plate) is held there.

Track configurations & facilities

The circuit - which has four racing configurations and two additional non-racing sections - was designed to meet the strictest safety requirements and is the first FIA-sanctioned circuit to incorporate wide asphalt run-off areas. The digital surveillance system provides complete coverage of all areas of the track and is linked to the Race/Safety control room for monitoring and saving on hard disk recorders. This means that every incident along the track during a race or event can be viewed by the clerk of the course. Most facilities are housed in a two-storey ultra modern complex facing the grandstand.

These facilities include Pit Complex, Race/Safety Control Room, Timekeeping Room, Media Centre, VIP Suite and Stewards Room. A Medical Centre is situated behind the Pit area for track emergencies during major events. At the rear of the Pits is a traditional racing paddock for team staff and hospitality.

These are the courses with access to the pit area.

Handling courses

Lap records

The official race lap records at the Dubai Autodrome are listed as:

Category Time Driver Vehicle Event Circuit Map
Grand Prix Circuit: 5.390 km
GP2 Asia Series 1:41.220[8] Kamui Kobayashi Dallara GP2/08 2008–09 2nd Dubai GP2 Asia Series round Dubai Autodrome--Grand Prix Course.svg
LMP2 1:46.306[9] Franco Colapinto Aurus 01 2021 4 Hours of Dubai Race 2
A1 GP 1:46.497 Adam Carroll Lola B05/52 2005–06 A1 Grand Prix of Nations, United Arab Emirates
LMP3 1:53.651[10] Ligier JS P3 2018 3x3H Dubai Race 2
Formula Renault V6 Eurocup 1:54.926[11] Christian Montanari Tatuus FRV6 2004 Dubai Formula Renault V6 Eurocup round
GT1 1:55.621[12] Jean-Denis Delétraz Aston Martin DBR9 2006 FIA GT Dubai 500km
Formula 3 1:55.854[13] Jake Hughes Tatuus F.3 T-318 2019–20 Dubai F3 Asian Championship round
MRF Challenge 1:57.038[14] Max Defourny Dallara Formulino Pro 2018–19 Dubai MRF Challenge round
GT3 1:57.479[15] Julien Andlauer Porsche 911 GT3 R 2021 4 Hours of Dubai Race 1
Formula 4 2:00.536[16] Dilano van't Hoff Tatuus F4-T014 2021 3rd Dubai Formula 4 UAE round
GT2 2:01.387[12] Tim Mullen Ferrari F430 GT2 2006 FIA GT Dubai 500km
N-GT 2:03.426[17] Sascha Maassen Porsche 911 (996) GT3-RSR 2004 FIA GT Dubai 500km
GT4 2:09.581[18] Sebastian Asch Mercedes-AMG GT R SP-X 2018 Dubai 24 Hour
TCR Touring Car 2:10.674[19] Maťo Homola Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR 2017 Dubai TCR Middle East Series round
International Circuit: 4.290 km
GP2 Asia Series 1:22.453[8] Romain Grosjean Dallara GP2/08 2008–09 1st Dubai GP2 Asia Series round Dubai Autodrome--International Course.svg
Formula 3 1:35.405[20] Guanyu Zhou Tatuus F.3 T-318 2021 1st Dubai F3 Asian Championship round
Formula 4 1:37.839[21] Logan Sargeant Tatuus F4-T014 2016–17 2nd Dubai Formula 4 UAE round
National Circuit: 3.560 km
Formula 4 1:21.997[22] Jonathan Aberdein Tatuus F4-T014 2016–17 1st Dubai Formula 4 UAE round Dubai Autodrome--National Course.svg
TCR Touring Car 1:28.733 Pepe Oriola SEAT León TCR 2017 TCR International Series Dubai round

Fatal accidents

No. Competitor Date Course Section Race Event Machine
1 Belgium Christophe Hissette April 2010 Turn 16 Qualifying session Radical SR3
2 Switzerland Pascal Grosjean[23] 27 Nov 2010 Finish 2010 Sportsbike Championship race UAE Sportbike 600cc championship Sportbike 600cc
3 Italy Federico Fratelli January 2018 Turn 14 2018 Sportsbike Championship race UAE Sportbike 600cc championship Sportbike 600cc

References

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  13. ^ "2019–20 F3 Asian Championship Round 2 Race 1 Results". Retrieved 16 March 2021.
  14. ^ "MRF Challenge 2018 Round 1 Race 3 Results". Retrieved 17 May 2021.
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  16. ^ "4H of Dubai Race 1 and Race 2 - Asian Le Mans Series 2020-2021 Formula 4 UAE Race 3 Final Results" (PDF). Retrieved 17 May 2021.
  17. ^ "FIA GT Championship Dubai 2004". Retrieved 17 May 2021.
  18. ^ "Hankook 24H Dubai 2018 Race Result per Class" (PDF). Retrieved 17 May 2021.
  19. ^ "Hankook 24H Dubai 2017 TCR Middle East Race 1 Result" (PDF). Retrieved 17 May 2021.
  20. ^ "2021 F3 Asian Championship Round 1 Race 2 Results". Retrieved 16 March 2021.
  21. ^ "UAE National Race Day 28 January 2017 Formula 4 UAE Race 3 Results" (PDF). Retrieved 17 May 2021.
  22. ^ "UAE National Race Day 19 November 2016 Formula 4 UAE Race 2 Results" (PDF). Retrieved 17 May 2021.
  23. ^ "Pascal Grosjean dies after race win".

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