The Sachsenring (German pronunciation: [ˈzaksn̩ʁɪŋ] (About this soundlisten)) is a motorsport racing circuit located in Hohenstein-Ernstthal near Chemnitz in Saxony, Germany. Among other events, it features the annual German motorcycle Grand Prix of the FIM Grand Prix motorcycle racing world championship.

History

Comparison of original and modern layouts of Sachsenring

The first race was held on 26 May 1927 on an 8.618 km layout on public roads, running also through the village of Hohenstein-Ernstthal itself. It was dubbed "Sachsenring" in 1937.

The East German motorcycle Grand Prix was held there from 1962 to 1971. The local two stroke MZ bikes of Zschopau were competitive during this time. The quickest lap was achieved by 15 time World Champion Giacomo Agostini on a MV Agusta with a 180 km/h average. After West German Dieter Braun won in 1971 and the East German fans sang the West German National Anthem in celebration (as is the case in sport, the winner's National Anthem is played after the event), the event was limited to East European entrants for political reasons.

Aerial view

In 1990, with faster Western machinery now available, racing through the village became too dangerous with some fatalities (this can be compared with the Isle of Man TT).

Main straight

To accelerate redevelopment of eastern Germany in the new unified Germany, a 2.9 km (1.8 mi) short track berg corner was built in the 1990s to bring international motorsport to the eastern part of Germany. In 1996, IDM motorcycle racing and the ADAC Super Tourenwagen Cup resumed racing here. The DTM raced here in 2000, with Klaus Ludwig winning at age 51, but the DTM did not return after 2002, preferring international venues.

Since 1998, the German motorcycle Grand Prix moved to the Sachsenring from Nürburgring. In recent years, the track has been made faster and longer again, with the length now being 3645m. Since 2007, the Sachsenring is part of the regular schedule of ADAC GT Masters. In 2011 the FIA GT1 World Championship held one of its race weekends at the Sachsenring.

Most wins

Grand Prix motorcycle racing

# Wins Rider Years won*
11 Spain Marc Márquez 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2021

* German grand Prix was not held in 2020.

Lap records

The lap records at the Sachsenring are listed as:

Category Time Driver Vehicle Event
Grand Prix Circuit: 3.645 km (2003-present)
ADAC Formula 4 1:18.362[1] Fabio Scherer Tatuus F4-T014 2017 Sachsenring ADAC Formula 4 round
GT3 1:18.603[2] Luca Stolz Mercedes-AMG GT3 2017 Sachsenring ADAC GT Masters round
GT1 1:19.602[3] Nicky Catsburg Chevrolet Corvette C6.R 2011 FIA GT1 Sachsenring round
MotoGP 1:21.228 Marc Márquez Honda RC213V 2019 German motorcycle Grand Prix
Moto2 1:23.767 Remy Gardner Kalex Moto2 2021 German motorcycle Grand Prix
Moto3 1:26.714 Can Öncü KTM RC250GP 2019 German motorcycle Grand Prix
TCR Touring Car 1:26.749[4] Luca Engstler Hyundai i30 N TCR 2018 Sachsenring TCR Germany round
GT4 1:27.914[5] KTM X-Bow GT4 2019 Sachsenring ADAC GT4 round
MotoE 1:28.322 Niki Tuuli Energica Ego 2019 German motorcycle Grand Prix

Spectators at the MotoGP since 1998

Year Spectators Growth
1998 142,000  
1999 151,000 + 6.34%
2000 161.000 + 6.62%
2001 177,000 + 9.94%
2002 184,500 + 4.24%
2003 204,000 + 10.57%
2004 207,745 + 1.84%
2005 216,457 + 4.19%
2006 219,848 + 1.57%
2007 226,944 + 3.23%
2008 221,492 - 2.40%
2009 214,711 - 3,06%
2010 224,668 + 4.64%
2011 230,133 + 2.4%
2012 195,695 - 15%
2013 204,491 + 4.5%
2014 209,408 + 2.4%
2015 211,588 + 1%

References

  1. ^ "2017 ADAC Formula 4 Sachsenring Session Facts". Retrieved 16 March 2021.
  2. ^ "ADAC GT Masters Sachsenring 2017". Retrieved 3 April 2021.
  3. ^ "FIA GT1 World Championship Sachsenring 2011". Retrieved 3 April 2021.
  4. ^ "ADAC TCR Germany Sachsenring 2018 Race 1 Results" (PDF). Retrieved 24 May 2021.
  5. ^ "ADAC GT4 Sachsenring 2019". Retrieved 24 May 2021.

Bibliography

  • Wolfgang Hallmann: Das war der Sachsenring – Geschichte und Gegenwart einer legendären Rennstrecke; Chemnitzer Verlag, Chemnitz; 1996; ISBN 3-928678-32-9

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