The Masaryk circuit (Czech: Masarykův okruh) or Masarykring, also referred to as the Brno Circuit, refers to two motorsport race tracks located in Brno, Czech Republic. The original street circuit was made up of public roads, and at its longest measured 29.194 km (18.140 mi). In 1949, events such as the Czechoslovakian Grand Prix attracted top teams and drivers. The track is named after the first president of Czechoslovakia, Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk. Racing on the old roads ended after 1986, when the new (current) circuit was opened.

The annual Motorcycle Grand Prix of the Czech Republic is the circuit's most important event. It has been held here since 1950 and is the most famous motor race in the Czech Republic. The race has been part of the World Grand Prix since 1965.

The FIA World Touring Car Championship, FIA GT1 World Championship, Formula Two and the Superbike World Championship also raced at the circuit.

The Czech Republic Motorcycle Grand Prix is more of a promoter event than a profit-raiser itself.[2] Since tobacco advertising has been banned in 2007, it is common among the other MotoGP events. The Brno Circuit is historically one of the oldest circuits, on the place were also held the most motorcycle championships in history after the TT Circuit Assen.[3]

Original circuits

The original layout ran anti-clockwise on approximately 29.194 km (18.140 mi) of public roads in the outskirts of Brno, where the start/finish was located in Bosonohy. The circuit went east past Kamenny and then went north past the Bohunice University Campus in Kejbaly, and went through the villages of Libusino, Kohouvotice and Žebětín, out to Ostrovacice, through Veselka and back through a series of fast straights and kinks. From 1930 to 1937, the Masaryk circuit races attracted some of the top drivers and teams.[4]

On September 25, 1949, the race was held for the first and the last time in Czechoslovakia as part of the Grand Prix motor racing (later evolved into Formula One).[5] The Czechoslovakian Grand Prix in 1949 was run clockwise on a shorter 17.800 km (11.060 mi) layout, which turned right at Veselka, bypassed Ostrovacice and entered Žebětín from the south rather than the west. In spite of a crowd in excess of 400,000 people, this would be the last Grand Prix for cars on the old circuit.

Beginning in 1950, the circuit played host to the Czechoslovakian motorcycle Grand Prix, which became a world championship event from 1965. The circuit had been again reduced in length to 13.941 km (8.663 mi) in 1964, completely bypassing Žebětín and using a new through-road that went to Kohoutovice quicker. The European Touring Car series visited in the 1980s, by which time the circuit had been finally reduced to 10.921 km (6.786 mi) in 1975, which exited Kohoutovice from the south and bypassed Libusino and Kejbaly and went right through Kamenny and rejoined the main road back to Bosonohy.

Modern circuit

The current 5.403 km (3.357 mi) permanent road racing circuit was opened in 1987. It lies north of Kyvalka, within the bounds of the circuit used in the 1930s, but not incorporating any of the public roads. The motorcycle race moved to the new circuit and regained its status as a round of the world championship. A World Sports Car Championship race was held in 1988, and a round of the A1 Grand Prix series in 2006. It was also the location of the 24H Epilog of Brno (previously 6 Hours of Brno).

Lap records

The unofficial lap record is 1.34:700 set by Jérôme d'Ambrosio in Renault R29 Formula One car in 2010, while the official race lap records at the modern layout of Brno Circuit are listed as:[6]

Category Time Driver Vehicle Event
Grand Prix Circuit: 5.403 km (1987–present)
F1 1:36.065[6] Ingo Gerstl Toro Rosso STR1 2017 Brno BOSS GP Series round
Auto GP 1:43.260[7] Luca Filippi Lola B05/52 2010 Brno Auto GP round
Formula Renault 3.5 1:44.591[8] Daniel Ricciardo Dallara T08 2010 Brno Formula Renault 3.5 round
A1 GP 1:47.296 Alex Yoong Lola A1GP 2006–07 A1 Grand Prix of Nations, Czech Republic
F2 (2009–2012) 1:48.246 Nicola de Marco Williams JPH1 2010 Brno Formula Two round
International Formula Master 1:49.733[9] Josef Král Tatuus N.T07 2009 Brno Formula Master round
Group C1 1:49.770[10] Mauro Baldi Sauber C9 1988 360 km of Brno
LMP900 1:51.858[11] Jan Lammers Dome S101 2002 FIA Sportscar Championship Brno
WSC 1:52.271[12] Jean-Marc Gounon Ferrari 333 SP 2001 FIA Sportscar Championship Brno
Formula 3 1:52.595[13] Jamie Green Dallara F303 2004 Brno F3 Euro Series Round
GT1 (GTS) 1:53.106[14] Marcel Fässler Chevrolet Corvette C6.R 2008 FIA GT Brno 2 Hours
DTM 1:54.786[15] Martin Tomczyk Audi A4 DTM 2005 2005 Brno DTM Round
Group C2 1:54.960[10] Costas Los Spice SE87C 1988 360 km of Brno
MotoGP 1:56.027[6] Dani Pedrosa Honda RC213V 2014 Czech Republic motorcycle Grand Prix
Formula Renault 2.0 1:56.226[16] Arthur Pic Barazi-Epsilon FR2.0-10 2010 Brno Formula Renault Eurocup 2.0 round
LMP675 1:57.389[12] Roberto Tonetti Lucchini SR2001 2001 FIA Sportscar Championship Brno
GT2 1:58.193[14] Richard Westbrook Porsche 911 (997) GT3-RSR 2008 FIA GT Brno 2 Hours
World SBK 1:59.291[6] Cal Crutchlow Yamaha YZF-R1 2010 Brno World SBK round
GT3 2:01.012[17] Rolf Ineichen Lamborghini Huracán GT3 2016 24H Epilog Brno
500cc 2:01.461[6] Valentino Rossi Honda NSR500 2001 Czech Republic motorcycle Grand Prix
Moto2 2:01.463 Álex Márquez Kalex Moto2 2019 Czech Republic motorcycle Grand Prix
250cc 2:02.299[6] Jorge Lorenzo Aprilia RSW 250 2007 Czech Republic motorcycle Grand Prix
World SSP 2:02.708 Cal Crutchlow Yamaha YZF-R6 2009 Brno World SSP round
N-GT 2:04.127[18] Stéphane Ortelli Porsche 911 (996) GT3-RSR 2004 FIA GT Brno 500km
Formula BMW 2:04.624[19] Sebastian Vettel Mygale FB02 2004 Brno Formula BMW ADAC round
Ferrari Challenge 2:04.952[20] Michelle Gatting Ferrari 488 Challenge Evo 2021 Brno Ferrari Challenge round
Eurocup Mégane Trophy 2:05.930[21] Nicky Catsburg Renault Mégane Renault Sport II 2010 Brno Eurocup Mégane Trophy round
Group A 2:07.160[22] Keke Rosberg Mercedes 190E 2.5-16 Evo2 1992 Brno DTM round
Super Touring 2:07.522[23] Nicola Larini Alfa Romeo 156 D2 2001 Brno ESTC round
125cc 2:07.836[6] Lucio Cecchinello Aprilia RS125R 2003 Czech Republic motorcycle Grand Prix
Moto3 2:08.064[6] Romano Fenati KTM RC250GP 2014 Czech Republic motorcycle Grand Prix
Super 2000 2:10.108[6] Félix Porteiro BMW 320si WTCC 2008 FIA WTCC Race of the Czech Republic
ETC 2:11.840[24] Maťo Homola SEAT León Cup Racer 2015 Brno ETC round
GT4 2:11.920[17] Charel Arendt KTM X-Bow GT4 2016 24H Epilog Brno
TCR Touring Car 2:13.320[25] Bartosz Groszek Audi RS 3 LMS TCR 2021 Brno TCR Eastern Europe Trophy round
Supersport 300 2:17.827[26] Imanuel Putra Pratna Yamaha YZF-R3 2018 Brno Supersport 300 round
4th Road Circuit: 10.925 km (1975–1986)
500cc 3:29.690 Johnny Cecotto Yamaha YZR500 (0W35) 1977 Czechoslovak motorcycle Grand Prix
Group 2 3:31.190[27] Dieter Quester BMW 3.0 CSL 1975 Brno ETCC round
Group A 3:32.080[28] Anders Olofsson Volvo 240 Turbo 1986 Brno ETCC round
350cc 3:39.900 Johnny Cecotto Yamaha TZ 350 1977 Czechoslovak motorcycle Grand Prix
250cc 3:46.890 Walter Villa Harley-Davidson RR250 1977 Czechoslovak motorcycle Grand Prix
Sidecar (B2A) 3:50.960 Werner Schwärzel Aro sidecar 1977 Czechoslovak motorcycle Grand Prix
125cc 4:00.010[29] Guy Bertin Motobécane 125 1979 Czechoslovak motorcycle Grand Prix
50cc 4:48.650 Ricardo Tormo Bultaco TSS 50 1978 Czechoslovak motorcycle Grand Prix
3rd Road Circuit: 13.941 km (1964–1974)
500cc 4:57.000 Gianfranco Bonera MV Agusta 500 Four 1974 Czechoslovak motorcycle Grand Prix
Group 2 4:59.100[30] Jochen Mass Ford Capri RS 2600 1972 Brno ETCC round
350cc 5:07.100 Teuvo Länsivuori Yamaha TZ 350 1973 Czechoslovak motorcycle Grand Prix
250cc 5:13.700 Bill Ivy Yamaha 250 V4 1967 Czechoslovak motorcycle Grand Prix
Group 5 5:18.300[31] Helmut Marko Chevrolet Camaro 1969 Brno ETCC round
125cc 5:30.500 Yoshimi Katayama Yamaha AS1 1967 Czechoslovak motorcycle Grand Prix
50cc 6:22.100 Henk van Kessel Kreidler 50 GP 1974 Czechoslovak motorcycle Grand Prix
2nd Road Circuit: 17.800 km (1949–1963)
Grand Prix 8:03.000[32] Prince Bira[a]
Toulo de Graffenried[a]
Maserati 4CLT/48 1949 Czechoslovakian Grand Prix
Original Road Circuit: 29.194 km (1930–1948)
Grand Prix 11:59.300[32] Rudolf Caracciola Mercedes-Benz W125 1937 Masaryk Grand Prix

Layout history

Events

Current
Former

Gallery

See also

Notes

  1. ^ a b Both drivers took the fastest lap independently.

References

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