Automotodrom Grobnik is a 4.168 km (2.590 mi) motorsport race track located in Čavle, 10 km (6.2 mi) north of Rijeka, Croatia. The circuit was built in 15 months and was opened in 14 September 1978.[1] From 1978 to 1990, it hosted the Yugoslavian motorcycle Grand Prix of MotoGP.

Currently, among other competitions, the automotodrom hosts the Croatia Prix, which is a valid race for the FIA CEZ Formula 3 Championship.

In 2020, Rijeka also hosted NASCAR Whelen Euro Series rounds as a late replacement for Autodrom Most, whose round was cancelled late in the season due to COVID-19 restrictions.[2] It has featured on the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series calendar also in 2021 and 2022, and it will feature on the 2023 NASCAR Whelen Euro Series as a non-championship all star endurance race.[3]

World Championship races

Period Competition Class No. of races
1978–1990
(13)
Grand Prix motorcycle racing
(Yugoslavian motorcycle Grand Prix)
50cc 6
80cc 7
125cc 13
250cc 13
350cc 6
500cc 12
1980, 1990, 1997–1998,
2005–2019, 2021–2022
(21)
FIM Sidecar World Championship 21

Lap records

The official race lap records at the Automotodrom Grobnik are listed as:

Category Time Driver Vehicle Event
Grand Prix Circuit: 4.168 km (1978–present)
Formula One 1:16.388[4] Josef Neuhauser Minardi M190 2000 Rijeka Interserie round
Formula Three 1:17.732[5] Paolo Brajnik Dallara F318 2020 Rijeka FIA CEZ F3 round
Formula Four 1:24.039[6] Berta Benjámin Tatuus F4-T014 2021 Nagrada Hrvatske
Stock car racing 1:28.508[7] Alon Day Chevrolet Camaro NASCAR 2020 Rijeka NASCAR Whelen Euro Series round
500cc 1:29.220 Wayne Rainey Yamaha YZR500 1990 Yugoslavian motorcycle Grand Prix
TCR Touring Car 1:30.557[8] Dušan Borković Hyundai i30 N TCR 2020 Rijeka TCR Eastern Europe Trophy round
250cc 1:31.952 Reinhold Roth Honda NSR250 1990 Yugoslavian motorcycle Grand Prix
350cc 1:36.900 Anton Mang Kawasaki KR350 1981 Yugoslavian motorcycle Grand Prix
125cc 1:38.076 Doriano Romboni Honda RS125R 1990 Yugoslavian motorcycle Grand Prix
GT2 1:38.131[9] Alex Dazzan Porsche 911 Carrera RSR 3.8 1997 Rijeka Italian GT round
Superbike 1:39.790[10] Fabrizio Furlan Honda VFR750R 1991 Rijeka European SBK round
50cc 1:49.980 Ricardo Tormo Garelli 50cc GP 1983 Yugoslavian motorcycle Grand Prix

See also

Notes

  1. ^ Automotodrom Grobnik's Grade 4 licence expired 1 June 2022.

References

  1. ^ "Racing in Rijeka Area". formula1-dictionary.net. Retrieved 10 January 2023.
  2. ^ "CROATIA REPLACES MOST AS THIRD EVENT OF THE 2020 NWES SEASON". euronascar.com. NASCAR Media Group, LLC. 23 October 2020. Retrieved 23 October 2020.
  3. ^ "2023 EURONASCAR PRO SCHEDULE & TICKETS". euronascar.com. NASCAR Media Group, LLC. Retrieved 10 January 2023.
  4. ^ "Interserie Grobnik 2000". Retrieved 9 June 2022.
  5. ^ "Nagrada Hrvatske 2020 Race - D2" (PDF). Retrieved 21 May 2022.
  6. ^ "Nagrada Hrvatske 2021 Race 2 - Official Results" (PDF). Retrieved 25 July 2022.
  7. ^ "Fracasso NASCAR GP Croatia 2020 Race 1 - Final Results" (PDF). Retrieved 6 January 2022.
  8. ^ "Nagrada Hrvatske 2020 1st Race TCR" (PDF). Retrieved 6 January 2022.
  9. ^ "Italia GT Grobnik 1997". Retrieved 11 January 2023.
  10. ^ "1991-05-09 to 1991-05-12 European Championship - Yugoslavia". Retrieved 7 June 2022.

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