The Sachsenring (German pronunciation: [ˈzaksn̩ʁɪŋ] (listen)) is a motorsport racing circuit located in Hohenstein-Ernstthal near Chemnitz in Saxony, Germany. Among other events, it features the annual German motorcycle Grand Prix of the FIM Grand Prix motorcycle racing world championship.

History

Comparison of original and modern layouts of Sachsenring

The first race was held on 26 May 1927 on an 8.618 km (5.355 mi) layout on public roads, running also through the village of Hohenstein-Ernstthal itself. It was dubbed "Sachsenring" in 1937.

The East German motorcycle Grand Prix was held there from 1961 to 1972. The local two stroke MZ bikes of Zschopau were competitive during this time. The quickest lap was achieved by 15 time World Champion Giacomo Agostini on a MV Agusta with a 180 km/h (110 mph) average. After West German Dieter Braun won in 1971 and the East German fans sang the West German National Anthem in celebration (as is the case in sport, the winner's National Anthem is played after the event), the event was limited to East European entrants for political reasons.

Aerial view

In 1990, with faster Western machinery now available, racing through the village became too dangerous with some fatalities (this can be compared with the Isle of Man TT).

Main straight

To accelerate redevelopment of eastern Germany in the new unified Germany, a 3.517 km (2.185 mi) short track berg corner was built in the 1990s to bring international motorsport to the eastern part of Germany. In 1996, IDM motorcycle racing and the ADAC Super Tourenwagen Cup resumed racing here. The DTM raced here in 2000, with Klaus Ludwig winning at age 51, but the DTM did not return after 2002, preferring international venues.

Since 1998, the German motorcycle Grand Prix moved to the Sachsenring from Nürburgring. In recent years, the track has been made faster and longer again, with the length now being 3.671 km (2.281 mi). Since 2007, the Sachsenring is part of the regular schedule of ADAC GT Masters. In 2011 the FIA GT1 World Championship held one of its race weekends at the Sachsenring.

Layout history

Most wins

Grand Prix motorcycle racing

# Wins Rider Years won*
11 Spain Marc Márquez 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2021

*German motorcycle Grand Prix was not held in 2020.

Lap records

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

Category Time Driver Vehicle Event
Grand Prix Circuit: 3.671 km (2003–present)
Formula 3 1:13.714[1] Frédéric Vervisch Dallara F306 2008 Sachsenring German F3 round
Formula 4 1:18.362[2] Fabio Scherer Tatuus F4-T014 2017 Sachsenring ADAC Formula 4 round
GT3 1:18.603[3] Luca Stolz Mercedes-AMG GT3 2017 Sachsenring ADAC GT Masters round
GT1 1:19.602[4] Mike Hezemans Chevrolet Corvette C6.R 2011 FIA GT1 Sachsenring round
MotoGP 1:21.228 Marc Márquez Honda RC213V 2019 German motorcycle Grand Prix
ADAC Formel Masters 1:21.715[5] Pascal Wehrlein Dallara Formulino 2011 Sachsenring ADAC Formel Masters round
Carrera Cup 1:22.629[6] Laurin Heinrich Porsche 911 (992) GT3 Cup 2022 Sachsenring Porsche Carrera Cup Germany round
Moto2 1:23.767 Remy Gardner Kalex Moto2 2021 German motorcycle Grand Prix
Moto3 1:26.253 Deniz Öncü KTM RC250GP 2022 German motorcycle Grand Prix
TCR Touring Car 1:26.749[7] Luca Engstler Hyundai i30 N TCR 2018 Sachsenring TCR Germany round
GT4 1:27.061[8] Mike David Ortmann Aston Martin Vantage AMR GT4 2022 Sachsenring ADAC GT4 round
MotoE 1:28.322 Niki Tuuli Energica Ego 2019 German motorcycle Grand Prix
ETCR 1:30.251[9] Maxime Martin Alfa Romeo Giulia ETCR 2022 Sachsenring FIA ETCR round
Grand Prix Circuit: 3.704 km (2001–2002)
Formula 3 1:17.151[10] Kosuke Matsuura Dallara F301 2001 Sachsenring German F3 round
DTM 1:21.221[11] Michael Bartels Opel Astra V8 Coupé 2002 2002 Sachsenring DTM round
MotoGP 1:26.226 Valentino Rossi Honda RC211V 2002 German motorcycle Grand Prix
500cc 1:26.808 Shinya Nakano Yamaha YZR500 2001 German motorcycle Grand Prix
250cc 1:27.233 Marco Melandri Aprilia RSV250 2001 German motorcycle Grand Prix
125cc 1:29.486 Steve Jenkner Aprilia RS125R 2002 German motorcycle Grand Prix
Grand Prix Circuit: 3.386 km (2000)
Formula 3 1:14.394[12] Alex Müller Dallara F300 2000 Sachsenring German F3 round
DTM 1:19.971[13] Marcel Fässler AMG-Mercedes CLK-DTM 2000 2000 Sachsenring DTM round
250cc 1:23.575 Olivier Jacque Yamaha YZR250 2000 German motorcycle Grand Prix
500cc 1:23.918 Tadayuki Okada Honda NSR500 2000 German motorcycle Grand Prix
125cc 1:26.150 Youichi Ui Derbi RS125R 2000 German motorcycle Grand Prix
Grand Prix Circuit: 3.508 km (1998–1999)
Formula 3 1:20.078[14] Bas Leinders Dallara F397 1998 Sachsenring German F3 round
500cc 1:28.072 Alex Barros Honda NSR500 1999 German motorcycle Grand Prix
Super Touring 1:28.384[15] Christian Abt Audi A4 Quattro 1999 Sachsenring STW Cup round
250cc 1:28.625 Tetsuya Harada Aprilia RSV 250 1998 German motorcycle Grand Prix
125cc 1:30.159 Emilio Alzamora Honda RS125R 1999 German motorcycle Grand Prix
Grand Prix Circuit: 3.517 km (1996–1997)
Formula 3 1:24.416[16] Timo Scheider Dallara F397 1997 Sachsenring German F3 round
Super Touring 1:31.800[17] Laurent Aïello Peugeot 406 1997 Sachsenring STW Cup round
Grand Prix Circuit: 8.618 km (1927–1990)
500cc 2:55.400 Giacomo Agostini MV Agusta 500 Three 1968 East German motorcycle Grand Prix
350cc 2:59.200 Giacomo Agostini MV Agusta 350 3C 1971 East German motorcycle Grand Prix
250cc 3:01.100 Jarno Saarinen Yamaha 250 V4 1972 East German motorcycle Grand Prix
125cc 3:12.200 Bill Ivy Yamaha AS1 1968 East German motorcycle Grand Prix
Formula Three 3:12.200[18] Kurt Ahrens Jr. Brabham BT18 1966 Sachsenringrennen
Formula Junior 3:21.700[19] Willy Lehmann SEG - Wartburg 1963 Sachsenring East German Formula Junior round
50cc 3:41.200 Jan de Vries Kreidler 50 GP 1972 East German motorcycle Grand Prix
Formula Two 3:44.600[20] Fritz Riess AFM 3 1950 Sachsenringrennen

Events

Current
Future
  • MotoE German eRace (2019, 2023)
Former

Spectators at the MotoGP since 1998

Year Spectators Growth
1998 142,000  
1999 151,000 + 6.34%
2000 161.000 + 6.62%
2001 177,000 + 9.94%
2002 184,500 + 4.24%
2003 204,000 + 10.57%
2004 207,745 + 1.84%
2005 216,457 + 4.19%
2006 219,848 + 1.57%
2007 226,944 + 3.23%
2008 221,492 - 2.40%
2009 214,711 - 3,06%
2010 224,668 + 4.64%
2011 230,133 + 2.4%
2012 195,695 - 15%
2013 204,491 + 4.5%
2014 209,408 + 2.4%
2015 211,588 + 1%

References

  1. ^ "2008 Sachsenring German F3 - Round 15". Retrieved 30 April 2022.
  2. ^ "2017 ADAC Formula 4 Sachsenring Race 2 Statistics". Retrieved 26 September 2022.
  3. ^ "ADAC GT Masters Sachsenring 2017". Retrieved 3 April 2021.
  4. ^ "2011 Sachsenring FIA GT - Round 4". Retrieved 30 April 2022.
  5. ^ "ADAC Masters Weekend Sachsenring 13.05.2011 - 15.05.2011 ADAC Formel Masters Ergebnis Rennen 1" (PDF). Retrieved 27 July 2022.
  6. ^ "2022 Porsche Cup Deutschland Sachsenring (Race 1)". Retrieved 30 October 2022.
  7. ^ "ADAC TCR Germany Sachsenring 2018 Race 1 Results" (PDF). Retrieved 24 May 2021.
  8. ^ "2022 ADAC GT4 Germany Race 1 Sachsenring" (PDF). Retrieved 25 September 2022.
  9. ^ "FIA ETCR - RACE of Germany 23-25 September 2022 Pool Fast - Semi Final 2 300 kW - 40s. PU Final Ranking". Retrieved 26 September 2022.
  10. ^ "2001 Sachsenring German F3 - Round 7". Retrieved 30 April 2022.
  11. ^ "DTM 2002 » Sachsenring Round 4 Results". Retrieved 26 September 2022.
  12. ^ "ADAC SPARKASSENPREIS SACHSENRING 9.LAUF DEUTSCHE FORMEL-3-MEISTERSCHAFT ERGEBNIS RENNEN 1" (PDF). Retrieved 21 May 2022.
  13. ^ "DTM 2000 » Sachsenring Round 7 Results". Retrieved 26 September 2022.
  14. ^ "ADAC-PREIS DES MDR SACHSENRING 5.LAUF DEUTSCHE FORMEL-3-MEISTERSCHAFT ERGEBNIS RENNEN 1" (PDF). Retrieved 21 May 2022.
  15. ^ "STW Cup 1999 » Sachsenring Round 2 Results". Retrieved 30 April 2022.
  16. ^ "ADAC-PREIS DER FREIE PRESSE SACHSENRING 6.LAUF DEUTSCHE FORMEL-3-MEISTERSCHAFT ERGEBNIS RENNEN 2" (PDF). Retrieved 21 May 2022.
  17. ^ "STW Cup 1997 » Sachsenring Round 8 Results". Retrieved 30 April 2022.
  18. ^ "XVIII Internationales Sachsenringrennen". Retrieved 16 July 2022.
  19. ^ "XV Internationales Sachsenringrennen". Retrieved 15 July 2022.
  20. ^ "II Sachsenringrennen". Retrieved 15 July 2022.

Bibliography

  • Wolfgang Hallmann: Das war der Sachsenring – Geschichte und Gegenwart einer legendären Rennstrecke; Chemnitzer Verlag, Chemnitz; 1996; ISBN 3-928678-32-9

External links