The Dubai Autodrome is an FIA sanctioned 5.390 km (3.349 mi) motorsports circuit located in Dubailand, Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The architects of the project were Populous and the circuit was designed by Clive Bowen of Apex Circuit Design.

Opened in October 2004 with the final round of the LG Super Racing Weekend[1] featuring the final rounds of the FIA GT Championship, European Touring Car Championship and 2004 Formula Renault V6 Eurocup season, Dubai Autodrome was the first part of the Dubai Motor City development that was available for use.[2] The venue hosted the December 2005 A1 Grand Prix and the FIA GT Championship from 2004 to 2006. The track record at the longest configuration was set by Kamui Kobayashi (DAMS) with a time of 1:41.220 in a GP2 Asia car.

Since 2006 the Autodrome has been home to the Dubai 24 Hour, a GT, sports car and touring car automobile endurance race open to both professional and semi-professional teams. The circuit has FIA Grade 1 license, which means that it has all the requirements to host a Formula One race (though Abu Dhabi currently hosts F1 races in the UAE).[3]

Events

Current
Former

Dubai Kartdrome

The Kartdrome an international standard karting track situated across the boulevard from the Dubai Autodrome main straight.[4]

The venue also hosts UAE championship karting[5] and has in the past hosted rounds of the Biland World Finals and the Middle East Karting Championship. The biggest karting race in the Middle East (Dubai O Plate) is held there.[citation needed]

Track configurations

The circuit has four racing configurations and two additional non-racing sections. These are the courses with access to the pit area.

Handling courses

Lap records

The official fastest race lap records at the Dubai Autodrome are listed as:

Category Time Driver Vehicle Event Circuit Map
Grand Prix Circuit: 5.390 km (2004–present)
GP2 Asia 1:41.220[6] Kamui Kobayashi Dallara GP2/05 2008 2nd Dubai GP2 Asia Series round Dubai Autodrome--Grand Prix Course.svg
LMP2 1:46.306[7] Franco Colapinto Aurus 01 2021 4 Hours of Dubai Race 2
A1 GP 1:46.497 Adam Carroll Lola B05/52 2005–06 A1 Grand Prix of Nations, United Arab Emirates
LMP3 1:53.651[8] Kay van Berlo Ligier JS P3 2018 3x3H Dubai Race 2
Formula Renault V6 Eurocup 1:54.926[9] Christian Montanari Tatuus FRV6 2004 Dubai Formula Renault V6 Eurocup round
GT1 1:55.621[10] Jean-Denis Delétraz Aston Martin DBR9 2006 FIA GT Dubai 500km
FR Asia 1:55.854[11] Jake Hughes Tatuus F.3 T-318 2020 Dubai F3 Asian Championship round
GT3 1:56.358[12] Ben Barnicoat McLaren 720S GT3 2022 4 Hours of Dubai Race 2
MRF Challenge 1:57.038[13] Max Defourny Dallara Formulino Pro 2018 Dubai MRF Challenge round
Formula 4 2:00.536[14] Dilano van 't Hoff Tatuus F4-T014 2021 3rd Dubai Formula 4 UAE round
GT2 2:01.387[10] Tim Mullen Ferrari F430 GT2 2006 FIA GT Dubai 500km
N-GT 2:03.426[15] Sascha Maassen Porsche 911 (996) GT3-RSR 2004 FIA GT Dubai 500km
Stock car racing 2:05.910[16] Heinz-Harald Frentzen Speedcar V8 2008 3rd Dubai Speedcar Series round
GT4 2:09.019[17] Khaled Alahmadi Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport 2021–2022 Dubai Porsche Sprint Challenge Middle East round
TCR Touring Car 2:10.287[18] René Münnich Honda Civic Type R TCR (FK8) 2019 2nd Dubai TCR Middle East Series round
ETCC 2:12.285[19][20] Augusto Farfus[a]
Gabriele Tarquini[a]
Alfa Romeo 156 GTA Super 2000[a] 2004 Dubai ETCC round
International Circuit: 4.290 km (2004–present)
GP2 Asia 1:22.453[6] Romain Grosjean Dallara GP2/05 2008 1st Dubai GP2 Asia Series round Dubai Autodrome--International Course.svg
FR Asia 1:35.055[21] Hadrien David Tatuus F.3 T-318 2022 1st Dubai FR Asia round
Formula 4 1:37.839[22] Logan Sargeant Tatuus F4-T014 2017 1st Dubai Formula 4 UAE round
Stock car racing 1:42.438[23] Jean Alesi Speedcar V8 2009 Dubai Speedcar Series round
TCR Touring Car 1:45.236[24] Luca Engstler Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR 2018 Dubai TCR Middle East Series round
National Circuit: 3.560 km (2004–present)
Formula 4 1:21.997[25] Jonathan Aberdein Tatuus F4-T014 2016–2017 1st Dubai Formula 4 UAE round Dubai Autodrome--National Course.svg
TCR Touring Car 1:28.733 Pepe Oriola SEAT León TCR 2017 TCR International Series Dubai round

Fatal accidents

No. Competitor Date Course Section Race Event Machine
1 Belgium Christophe Hissette April 2010 Turn 16 Qualifying session Radical SR3
2 Switzerland Pascal Grosjean[26] 27 Nov 2010 Finish 2010 Sportsbike Championship race UAE Sportbike 600cc championship Sportbike 600cc
3 Italy Federico Fratelli January 2018 Turn 14 2018 Sportsbike Championship race UAE Sportbike 600cc championship Sportbike 600cc

Notes

  1. ^ a b c Both drivers took the same lap time in both races of this round.

References

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  13. ^ "MRF Challenge 2018 - Round 1 - Race 3 Results". Retrieved 19 July 2022.
  14. ^ "2021 Formula 4 UAE Dubai 3 (Race 3)". Retrieved 18 July 2022.
  15. ^ "FIA GT Championship Dubai 2004". Retrieved 17 May 2021.
  16. ^ "2008 Dubai Speedcar - Round 1". Retrieved 18 July 2022.
  17. ^ "2022 Porsche Sprint Challenge Middle East Dubai Autodrome Final result Race 2" (PDF). Retrieved 13 February 2022.
  18. ^ "UAE National Raceday TCR ME - Race 1". Retrieved 20 July 2022.
  19. ^ "ETCC 2004 » Dubai Autodrome Round 19 Results". Retrieved 27 April 2022.
  20. ^ "ETCC 2004 » Dubai Autodrome Round 20 Results". Retrieved 27 April 2022.
  21. ^ "2021-22 National Race Days, Round 2 Formula Regional Asian Championship - Race 1". Retrieved 6 February 2022.
  22. ^ "UAE National Race Day 28 January 2017 Formula 4 UAE Race 3 Results" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 28 September 2020. Retrieved 19 July 2022.
  23. ^ "2009 Dubai Speedcar". Retrieved 18 July 2022.
  24. ^ "Luca Engstler and Florian Thoma dominate Dubai TCR Middle East races". 27 January 2018. Retrieved 20 July 2022.
  25. ^ "UAE National Race Day 19 November 2016 Formula 4 UAE Race 2 Results" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 30 September 2021. Retrieved 19 July 2022.
  26. ^ "Pascal Grosjean dies after race win". 27 November 2010.

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