The Salzburgring is a 4.241 kilometres (2.635 mi) motorsport race track located in Koppl, east of Salzburg.

Key Facts

Track Length                     4,241 metres

Bends                                12 (6 right and 6 left bends)

Straights                            4 (the longest being at start/finish which is 750m)

Incline                                maximum 3,8%

Decline                              maximum 1,8%

Altitude difference             ca 25 metres

Altitude                              648,3 bis 670,6 metres

Boxes                                31


1968              Groundbreaking ceremony

1969              Opening with a combined car and motorbike race

1970              First Grand Prix of Austria for Motorbikes

1971              First FIM Motorbike World Championship race

2012-2014    Touring Car World Championships

2013              First Electric Love Festival which, in 2018, brought 180,000 attendees to the track

2019              50thanniversary

The race track was first opened in 1969. Lying in a narrow, alpine valley, it has a rather simple layout, with two long straights plus the sweeping and fast "Fahrerlagerkurve" ("paddock turn") at the bottom, and the narrow "Nockstein-Kehre" on the top. In spite of its simple layout, it garnered a fearsome reputation for the high speeds reached on the straights and the "Fahrerlagerkurve". Michael Doohan describes the section between 7 and 10 as his all time favorite piece of racetrack, likening it to "threading a motorcycle through the eye of a needle at 180mph whilst banging fairings with your competitors with armco barriers on each side". He continues "Sure it was fast and dangerous, but also enormous fun. To me it's what motorcycle racing is all about".

The Salzburgring track hosts touring car races like the German ADAC Procar Series, , , Super Tourenwagen Cup and the European Touring Car Championship. It was also the home of the Austrian motorcycle Grand Prix from 1971 to 1994, except for the 1980 and 1992 seasons. Giacomo Agostini and Angel Nieto are the all-time leaders in motorcycle Grand Prix victories at the circuit, with six wins apiece. Sidecar motorcycle races were also held at the venue. The track has also hosted the Oldtimer Grand Prix as well as during the last years a "Rupert Hollaus Memorial" organized by Ex-Grand Prix motorcycle and sidecar racer, . In 2008, the circuit played host to the then one-off European Touring Car Cup, with the event being won by Michel Nykjaer.

Layout history

Lap Records

The official race lap records at the Salzburgring are listed as:

Category Time Driver Vehicle Event
Grand Prix Circuit: 4.241 km (1998–present)
WTCC 1:22.571 José María López Citroën C-Elysée WTCC 2014 FIA WTCC Race of Austria
TCR International 1:26.583 Thomas Jäger Opel Astra TCR 2017 TCR International Series Salzburgring round
Motorcycle Circuit: 4.255 km (1986-1997)
500cc 1:17.896 Mick Doohan Honda NSR500 1994 Austrian motorcycle Grand Prix
World SBK 1:20.147[1] Carl Fogarty Ducati 916 R 1995 Salzburgring World SBK round
250cc 1:20.916 Loris Capirossi Honda NSR250 1994 Austrian motorcycle Grand Prix
125cc 1:28.950 Dirk Raudies Honda RS125R 1994 Austrian motorcycle Grand Prix
Grand Prix Circuit: 4.246 km (1976-1997)
Group A 1:27.330[2] Manuel Reuter Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth 1987 Salzburgring DTM round


Motorcycle Grand Prix

European Touring Car Championship

Year Winner(s) Car
1970 Austria Helmut Marko BMW 1600
1971 Italy Alfa Romeo 1300 GTA Junior
1972 Italy Carlo Facetti Alfa Romeo 1300 GTA Junior
1973 West Germany Dieter Glemser
United Kingdom John Fitzpatrick
Ford Capri RS 2600 LW
1974 West Germany Hans-Joachim Stuck
Belgium Jacky Ickx
1975 Austria Dieter Quester
1976 Belgium
Belgium Patrick Nève
1977 Sweden Gunnar Nilsson
Austria Dieter Quester
1978 Italy Martino Finotto
Italy Carlo Facetti
1979 Italy Martino Finotto
Italy Carlo Facetti
1980 Austria Dieter Quester
West Germany
BMW 320
1981 Italy
West Germany Helmut Kelleners
BMW 635 CSi
1982 Czech Republic
Austria Jo Gartner
BMW 528i
1983 United Kingdom Tom Walkinshaw
United Kingdom
Jaguar XJS
1984 United Kingdom Tom Walkinshaw
United Kingdom
Jaguar XJS
1985 Italy Gianfranco Brancatelli
Volvo 240T


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