2016 FIA WTCC Race of Qatar
View from the grandstand

Losail International Circuit (Arabic: حلبة لوسيل الدولية) is a motor racing circuit located just outside in the town of Lusail, north of Doha, Qatar.

Built in just under a year by 1,000 workers at the cost of US$58 million, the track opened in 2004 to the inaugural 2004 Qatar motorcycle Grand Prix, won by Sete Gibernau.[3]

The track is 5.380 kilometres (3.343 mi) in length, with a main straight of 1,068 metres (3,504 ft). It is surrounded by artificial grass to stop the sand encroaching on the track.

In 2007, Losail added permanent outdoor lighting for night races. At the time, the lighting of the Losail Circuit by Musco Lighting was the largest permanent venue sports lighting project in the world, a distinction that now belongs to another Persian Gulf motorsport venue, Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi. The first night race in MotoGP history was the 2008 Qatar motorcycle Grand Prix in March 2008.

In February 2009, a GP2 Asia Series nighttime race took place. The qualifying lap record was achieved by Nico Hülkenberg with 1:35.741.[2]

The WSBK visited Losail in 2005–2009 and 2014–2019; and the WTCC visited there in 2015–2017.

The circuit is due to host the 20th race of the 2021 Formula One season, the inaugural edition of the Qatar Grand Prix.[4]

Lap records

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

Category Time Driver Vehicle Event
Grand Prix Circuit: 5.380 km (2004–present)
GP2 Asia 1:38.699 Davide Rigon Dallara GP2/08 2009 Losail GP2 Asia Series round
MotoGP 1:54.491 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati Desmosedici GP21 2021 Doha motorcycle Grand Prix
World SBK 1:56.687[5] Jonathan Rea Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10RR 2019 Losail World SBK round
Moto2 1:58.711 Thomas Lüthi Kalex Moto2 2019 Qatar motorcycle Grand Prix
WTCC 2:01.628[6] José María López Citroën C-Elysée WTCC 2015 FIA WTCC Race of Qatar
World SSP 2:01.832 Kenan Sofuoğlu Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R 2017 Losail World SSP round
Moto3 2:05.403 Romano Fenati Honda NSF250RW 2019 Qatar motorcycle Grand Prix
Supersport 300 2:13.798[7] Ana Carrasco Kawasaki Ninja 400 2019 Losail Supersport 300 round

Racing history

Since 2008, MotoGP class has run under lights at Losail

MotoGP

Year MotoGP 250cc/Moto2 125cc/Moto3
2004 Spain Sete Gibernau Argentina Sebastián Porto Spain Jorge Lorenzo
2005 Italy Valentino Rossi Australia Casey Stoner Hungary Gábor Talmácsi
2006 Italy Valentino Rossi Spain Jorge Lorenzo Spain Álvaro Bautista
2007 Australia Casey Stoner Spain Jorge Lorenzo Spain Héctor Faubel
2008 Australia Casey Stoner Italy Mattia Pasini Spain Sergio Gadea
2009 Australia Casey Stoner Spain Héctor Barberá Italy Andrea Iannone
2010 Italy Valentino Rossi Japan Shoya Tomizawa Spain Nicolás Terol
2011 Australia Casey Stoner Germany Stefan Bradl Spain Nicolás Terol
2012 Spain Jorge Lorenzo Spain Marc Márquez Spain Maverick Viñales
2013 Spain Jorge Lorenzo Spain Pol Espargaró Spain Luis Salom
2014 Spain Marc Márquez Spain Esteve Rabat Australia Jack Miller
2015 Italy Valentino Rossi Germany Jonas Folger France Alexis Masbou
2016 Spain Jorge Lorenzo Switzerland Thomas Lüthi Italy Niccolò Antonelli
2017 Spain Maverick Viñales Italy Franco Morbidelli Spain Joan Mir
2018 Italy Andrea Dovizioso Italy Francesco Bagnaia Spain Jorge Martín
2019 Italy Andrea Dovizioso Italy Lorenzo Baldassarri Japan Kaito Toba
2020 Moto2 and Moto3 only Japan Tetsuta Nagashima Spain Albert Arenas
2021 Spain Maverick Viñales United Kingdom Sam Lowes Spain Jaume Masiá
2021 Doha France Fabio Quartararo United Kingdom Sam Lowes Spain Pedro Acosta

Superbike World Championship

Year Race Winning driver Winning team
2005 Race 1 Australia Troy Corser Alstare Suzuki
Race 2 Japan Yukio Kagayama Alstare Suzuki
2006 Race 1 United Kingdom James Toseland Winston Ten Kate Honda
Race 2 Australia Troy Corser Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra
2007 Race 1 Italy Max Biaggi Alstare Suzuki
Race 2 United Kingdom James Toseland Ten Kate Honda
2008 Race 1 Australia Troy Bayliss Ducati Xerox Team
Race 2 Spain Fonsi Nieto Team Alstare Suzuki
2009 Race 1 United States Ben Spies Yamaha WSB
Race 2 United States Ben Spies Yamaha WSB
Race 1 France Sylvain Guintoli Aprilia Racing Team
Race 2 France Sylvain Guintoli Aprilia Racing Team
Race 1 Spain Jordi Torres Aprilia Racing Team – Red Devils
Race 2 United Kingdom Leon Haslam Aprilia Racing Team – Red Devils
2016 Race 1 United Kingdom Chaz Davies Aruba.it Racing – Ducati
Race 2 United Kingdom Chaz Davies Aruba.it Racing – Ducati
Race 1 United Kingdom Jonathan Rea Kawasaki Racing Team
Race 2 United Kingdom Jonathan Rea Kawasaki Racing Team
Race 1 United Kingdom Jonathan Rea Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK
Race 2 Race cancelled
Race 1 United Kingdom Jonathan Rea Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK
SR United Kingdom Jonathan Rea Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK
Race 2 United Kingdom Jonathan Rea Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK
Race cancelled

World Touring Car Championship

Year Race Winning driver Winning team
Race 1 Argentina José María López France Citroën Total WTCC
Race 2 France Yvan Muller France Citroën Total WTCC
Race 1 Italy Gabriele Tarquini Russia Lada Sport Rosneft
Race 2 Morocco Mehdi Bennani France Sébastien Loeb Racing
Race 1 United Kingdom Tom Chilton France Sébastien Loeb Racing
Race 2 Argentina Esteban Guerrieri Japan Honda Racing Team JAS

Motorcross World Championship

Year Race MX1 MX2
2013 Race 1 Belgium Clément Desalle Netherlands Jeffrey Herlings
Race 2 Italy Tony Cairoli Netherlands Jeffrey Herlings
Year Race MXGP MX2
2014 Race 1 Germany Maximilian Nagl France
Race 2 France Gautier Paulin Netherlands Jeffrey Herlings
2015 Race 1 Germany Maximilian Nagl Netherlands Jeffrey Herlings
Race 2 Germany Maximilian Nagl Netherlands Jeffrey Herlings WMX
2016 Race 1 Slovenia Tim Gajser Netherlands Jeffrey Herlings New Zealand
Race 2 Slovenia Tim Gajser Netherlands Jeffrey Herlings New Zealand
2017 Race 1 Italy Tony Cairoli Latvia Pauls Jonass
Race 2 Italy Tony Cairoli Latvia Pauls Jonass

Speedcar Series

Year Race Winning driver Winning team
2009 Race 1 Italy Gianni Morbidelli United States Palm Beach
Race 2 Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi United Arab Emirates Union Properties

GP2 Asia

Year Race Winning driver Winning team
2009 Race 1 Germany Nico Hülkenberg France ART Grand Prix
Race 2 Mexico Sergio Pérez Spain Barwa International Campos

References

  1. ^ Barretto, Lawrence (2021-09-30). "Everything you need to know about the inaugural Qatar Grand Prix". Formula1.com. Retrieved 2021-10-02.
  2. ^ a b Losail International Circuit, Qatar 2009 - GP2 Asia results - autoevolution.com
  3. ^ "Losail International Circuit". RacingCircuits.info. Retrieved 2020-07-16.
  4. ^ "F1 to hold first Qatar Grand Prix at Losail this November". Motor Sport Magazine. 2021-09-30. Retrieved 2021-09-30.
  5. ^ "2019 Superbike World Championship Losail Session Facts". Retrieved 16 March 2021.
  6. ^ "2015 WTCC Race Of Qatar Session Facts". Retrieved 16 March 2021.
  7. ^ "Motul Qatar Round, 24-26 October 2019 Race Results" (PDF). Retrieved 22 May 2021.

External links

Coordinates: 25°29′24″N 51°27′15″E / 25.49000°N 51.45417°E / 25.49000; 51.45417