Karlskoga Motorstadion, also known as Gelleråsen Arena, is the oldest permanent motorsport race track in Sweden. The circuit is located 6 km (3.7 mi) north of Karlskoga. The layout is such that the whole track can be seen from all spectator areas.[1]

It is currently authorised for European Championship rounds of road racing and Swedish Touring Car Championship events.[1]

History

Built in 1949 as a 1.55 km (0.96 mi) dirt track, the inaugural race was the first Kanonloppet on 4 June 1950. For the second Kanonloppet in 1952, the surface had been paved with asphalt and the length was 1.600 km (0.994 mi). It was extended to 2.000 km (1.243 mi) in 1953 with the addition of the Björkdungskurvan section (later renamed to Tröskurvan). In 1958 it was additionally extended to 3.172 km (1.971 mi) with the Velodromkurvan section (Velodrome bend).[2]

In 1961, 1962 and 1963 non-championship Formula One events were hosted here, which saw the likes of Stirling Moss, Jim Clark and Jack Brabham battle it out on-track. 1967 a race called Swedish Grand Prix was held there, won by Jackie Stewart. In 1979, the circuit hosted the Swedish motorcycle Grand Prix won by Barry Sheene.

The circuit was forced to close for two years after a crash on 8 August 1970 during a touring car event. Two cars, a Ford Escort and a BMW 2002, locked together at the flat out right hander before the straight leading up to the Velodromkurvan, and went off the track at high speed, bounced over the banking and into the crowd, killing five spectators.[2]

After a period of decay, the track went through major renovation work during the 1990s and 2000s. The pit area was moved and the facilities were improved. There was also several safety improvements, including a redesign of the Tröskurvan and the complete removal of the velodrome section. This shortened the track to its current length of 2.400 km (1.491 mi).[3]

Lap records

The official race lap records at the Karlskoga Motorstadion are listed as:

Category Time Driver Vehicle Event
Full Circuit: 2.350 km (2018–present)
TCR Touring Car 1:06.781[4] Robert Huff Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR 2020 Karlskoga TCR STCC round
GT4 1:06.943[5] Emil Skärås Toyota GR Supra GT4 2021 Karlskoga GT4 Scandinavia round
Full Circuit: 2.400 km (2006–2017)
STCC 1:04.560[6] Thed Björk Volvo S60 TTA 2015 Karlskoga STCC round
Super 2000 1:06.797[7] Fredrik Ekblom BMW 320si 2008 Karlskoga STCC round
TCR Touring Car 1:06.834[8] Fredrik Blomstedt Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR 2017 Karlskoga TCR STCC round
Full Circuit: 2.530 km (1995–2005)
Super Touring 1:06.586[9] Carl Rosenblad Nissan Primera GT 2001 1st Karlskoga STCC round
Super 2000 1:09.606[10] Richard Göransson BMW 320i 2004 1st Karlskoga STCC round
Full Circuit: 3.000 km (1955–1994)
Formula Two 1:12.100[11] Patrick Depailler March 742 1974 Karlskoga F2 round
Group 7 1:16.200[12] Chris Craft McLaren M8C 1970 Kanonloppet
Group 5 1:17.400[13] Brian Redman Lola T70 1969 Kanonloppet
Formula Three 1:20.800[14] Tim Schenken Brabham BT28 1969 Kanonloppet
500cc 1:21.310 Wil Hartog Suzuki RG 500 1979 Swedish motorcycle Grand Prix
350cc 1:22.216 Gregg Hansford Kawasaki KR350 1978 Swedish motorcycle Grand Prix
250cc 1:23.500 Gregg Hansford Kawasaki KR250 1979 Swedish motorcycle Grand Prix
Formula One 1:24.100 Innes Ireland Lotus 24 1962 Kanonloppet
125cc 1:28.767 Ángel Nieto Minarelli 1978 Swedish motorcycle Grand Prix
Group 2 1:38.300[15] Jackie Stewart[a]
Bo Ljungfeldt[a]
Ford Lotus Cortina[a]
Ford Mustang[a]
1965 Karlskoga ETCC round

Notes

  1. ^ a b c d Both drivers took the same lap time in the same race independently.

References

  1. ^ a b "Home". Karlskoga Motorstadion AB. Retrieved 8 October 2019.
  2. ^ a b Darren Galpin. "Karlskoga Track Info". The GEL Motorsport Information Page. Retrieved 4 October 2009.
  3. ^ "History". Karlskoga Motorstadion AB (in Swedish). Archived from the original on 27 August 2008. Retrieved 4 October 2009.
  4. ^ "TCR Scandinavia Touring Car Championship 2020 » Karlskoga-Gelleråsen Round 1 Results". Retrieved 22 May 2022.
  5. ^ "Kanonloppet 2021 GT4 Scandinavia - Race 1 Laptimes - Race 1" (PDF). Retrieved 2 July 2022.
  6. ^ "STCC 2015 » Karlskoga-Gelleråsen Round 9 Results". Retrieved 22 May 2022.
  7. ^ "Swedish Touring Car Championship 2008 » Karlskoga-Gelleråsen Round 4 Results". Retrieved 22 May 2022.
  8. ^ "TCR Scandinavia Touring Car Championship 2017 » Karlskoga-Gelleråsen Round 15 Results". Retrieved 22 May 2022.
  9. ^ "Swedish Touring Car Championship 2001 » Karlskoga-Gelleråsen Round 6 Results". Retrieved 22 May 2022.
  10. ^ "Swedish Touring Car Championship 2004 » Karlskoga-Gelleråsen Round 5 Results". Retrieved 22 May 2022.
  11. ^ "1974 Kanonloppet". Retrieved 22 May 2022.
  12. ^ "1970 Swedish Grand Prix". Retrieved 20 July 2022.
  13. ^ "1969 Swedish Grand Prix". Retrieved 20 July 2022.
  14. ^ "1969 Kanonloppet Karlskoga Sveriges Grand Prix FIA European Cup For Formula 3 Ergebnis Finalrennen" (PDF). Retrieved 22 May 2022.
  15. ^ "Kanonloppet 1965". Retrieved 22 May 2022.

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