The Salzburgring is a 4.241 km (2.635 mi) motorsport race track located in Plainfeld, east of Salzburg.

Key Facts

Track Length                     4.241 km (2.635 mi)

Bends                                15

Straights                            4 (the longest being at start/finish which is 750m)

Incline                                maximum 3,8%

Decline                              maximum 1,8%

Altitude difference             ca 25 m (82 ft)

Altitude                              648.3 m (2,127 ft) to 670.6 m (2,200 ft)

Boxes                                31

History

1968              Groundbreaking ceremony

1969              Opening with a combined car and motorbike race

1970              First Grand Prix of Austria for Motorbikes

1971              First FIM Motorbike World Championship race

2012-2014    Touring Car World Championships

2013              First Electric Love Festival which, in 2018, brought 180,000 attendees to the track

2019              50thanniversary

The race track was first opened in 1969. Lying in a narrow, alpine valley, it has a rather simple layout, with two long straights plus the sweeping and fast "Fahrerlagerkurve" ("paddock turn") at the bottom, and the narrow "Nockstein-Kehre" on the top. In spite of its simple layout, it garnered a fearsome reputation for the high speeds reached on the straights and the "Fahrerlagerkurve". Michael Doohan describes the section between 7 and 10 as his all time favorite piece of racetrack, likening it to "threading a motorcycle through the eye of a needle at 290 km/h (180 mph) whilst banging fairings with your competitors with armco barriers on each side". He continues "Sure it was fast and dangerous, but also enormous fun. To me it's what motorcycle racing is all about".

The Salzburgring track hosts touring car races like the German ADAC Procar Series, Deutsche Produktionswagen Meisterschaft, Deutsche Tourenwagen Challenge, Super Tourenwagen Cup and the European Touring Car Championship. It was also the home of the Austrian motorcycle Grand Prix from 1971 to 1994, except for the 1980 and 1992 seasons. Giacomo Agostini and Angel Nieto are the all-time leaders in motorcycle Grand Prix victories at the circuit, with six wins apiece. Sidecar motorcycle races were also held at the venue. The track has also hosted the Oldtimer Grand Prix as well as during the last years a "Rupert Hollaus Memorial" organized by Ex-Grand Prix motorcycle and sidecar racer, Wolfgang Stropek. In 2008, the circuit played host to the then one-off European Touring Car Cup, with the event being won by Michel Nykjaer.

Layout history

Events

Current
Former

Lap Records

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

Category Time Driver Vehicle Event Circuit Map
Grand Prix Circuit: 4.241 km (1998–present)
Formula Three 1:16.843[1] Akash Nandy Dallara F308 2015 Salzburgring Austria F3 Cup round Track map for Salzburgring in Austria.svg
WTCC 1:22.571 José María López Citroën C-Elysée WTCC 2014 FIA WTCC Race of Austria
V8Star Series 1:24.774[2] Robert Lechner V8Star car 2002 Salzburgring V8Star round
Super Touring 1:24.922[3] Christian Abt Audi A4 STW 1998 Salzburgring STW Cup round
TCR Touring Car 1:26.583 Thomas Jäger Opel Astra TCR 2017 Salzburgring TCR International Series round
SEAT León Eurocup 1:27.701[4] Pol Rosell SEAT León Cup Racer 2014 Salzburgring SEAT León Eurocup round
ETC 1:28.126[5] Michel Nykjær Chevrolet Lacetti WTCC 2008 European Touring Car Cup
Motorcycle Circuit: 4.255 km (1986–1997)
500cc 1:17.896 Mick Doohan Honda NSR500 1994 Austrian motorcycle Grand Prix Salzburgring moto (1986-1997).svg
World SBK 1:20.147[6] Carl Fogarty Ducati 916 R 1995 Salzburgring World SBK round
250cc 1:20.916 Loris Capirossi Honda NSR250 1994 Austrian motorcycle Grand Prix
125cc 1:28.950 Dirk Raudies Honda RS125R 1994 Austrian motorcycle Grand Prix
80cc 1:38.280 Ian McConnachie Krauser 80 1986 Austrian motorcycle Grand Prix
Grand Prix Circuit: 4.246 km (1976–1997)
Group 6 1:12.450[7] Vittorio Brambilla Alfa Romeo 33SC12 1977 Salzburgring Elan Trophae Salzburgring (1976-1997).svg
Group 5 1:13.620[8] Manfred Winkelhock Porsche 935J 1980 Salzburgring DRM round
Formula Three 1:13.684[9] Timo Scheider Dallara F397 1997 Salzburgring German F3 round
Formula Two 1:14.950[10] René Arnoux Martini MK19 1976 Salzburgring F2 round
500cc 1:17.420 Christian Sarron Yamaha YZR500 1985 Austrian motorcycle Grand Prix
Super Touring 1:19.243[11] Laurent Aïello Peugeot 406 1997 Salzburgring STW Cup round
Group N 1:22.610[12] Kris Nissen BMW M3 GTR 1993 Salzburgring ADAC GT round
250cc 1:23.270 Freddie Spencer Honda NSR250 1985 Austrian motorcycle Grand Prix
350cc 1:24.230 Anton Mang Kawasaki KR350 1982 Austrian motorcycle Grand Prix
Group 2 1:25.760[13] Tim Schenken Jaguar XJ12C 1977 Salzburgring ETCC round
Group A 1:26.930[14] Win Percy Jaguar XJS 1984 Salzburgring ETCC round
125cc 1:28.130 Fausto Gresini Garelli 125cc GP 1985 Austrian motorcycle Grand Prix
Grand Prix Circuit: 4.238 km (1969–1975)
Formula 5000 1:10.500[15] Peter Gethin McLaren M10B 1970 Olympia Trophy Salzburgring (1969-1975).svg
Formula Two 1:10.840[16] Patrick Depailler Alpine A367 1973 Salzburgring F2 round
Group 5 1:11.800[17] John Burton Chevron B21 1972 Salzburgring European 2-Litre Championship round
Group 6 1:14.000[18] Vic Elford Lola T212 1971 Taurenpokal Salzburgring
Group 2 1:16.810[19] Hans-Joachim Stuck BMW 3.0 CSL 1974 Salzburgring ETCC round
Formula 3 1:20.700[20] Alceste Bodini Tecno 70/T00 1974 Salzburgring German F3 round
500cc 1:21.780 Giacomo Agostini Yamaha YZR500 1975 Austrian motorcycle Grand Prix
350cc 1:23.850 Hideo Kanaya Yamaha TZ 350 1975 Austrian motorcycle Grand Prix
250cc 1:27.700 Börje Jansson Derbi 250 GP 1972 Austrian motorcycle Grand Prix
125cc 1:31.690 Pier Paolo Bianchi Morbidelli 125 1975 Austrian motorcycle Grand Prix
50cc 1:47.000 Jan de Vries Kreidler 50 GP 1971 Austrian motorcycle Grand Prix

Results

Motorcycle Grand Prix

European Touring Car Championship

Year Winner(s) Car
1970 Austria Helmut Marko BMW 1600
1971 Italy Gianluigi Picchi Alfa Romeo 1300 GTA Junior
1972 Italy Carlo Facetti Alfa Romeo 1300 GTA Junior
1973 West Germany Dieter Glemser
United Kingdom John Fitzpatrick
Ford Capri RS 2600 LW
1974 West Germany Hans-Joachim Stuck
Belgium Jacky Ickx
BMW 3.0 CSL
1975 Austria Dieter Quester
Switzerland Urs Zondler
BMW 3.0 CSL
1976 Belgium Hughes de Fierlant
Belgium Patrick Nève
BMW 3.0 CSL
1977 Sweden Gunnar Nilsson
Austria Dieter Quester
BMW 3.0 CSL
1978 Italy Martino Finotto
Italy Carlo Facetti
BMW 3.0 CSL
1979 Italy Martino Finotto
Italy Carlo Facetti
BMW 3.0 CSL
1980 Austria Dieter Quester
West Germany Dieter Kindlmann
BMW 320
1981 Italy Umberto Grano
West Germany Helmut Kelleners
BMW 635 CSi
1982 Czech Republic Zdenek Vojtech
Austria Jo Gartner
BMW 528i
1983 United Kingdom Tom Walkinshaw
United Kingdom Chuck Nicholson
Jaguar XJS
1984 United Kingdom Tom Walkinshaw
United Kingdom Chuck Nicholson
Jaguar XJS
1985 Italy Gianfranco Brancatelli
Sweden Thomas Lindström
Volvo 240T
Source:[21]

Notes

  1. ^ Salzburgring's Grade 3 licence expired 5 April 2021.

References

  1. ^ "2015 FIA-CEZ Formel - Remus Pokal - Race 1" (PDF). Retrieved 21 May 2022.
  2. ^ "2002 German V8 Touring Cars Round 7: Salzburgring, 10th August". Retrieved 19 July 2022.
  3. ^ "STW Cup 1998 » Salzburgring Round 16 Results". Retrieved 25 April 2022.
  4. ^ "2014 SEAT León Eurocup Salzburgring Race 1 - Classification" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2014-08-30. Retrieved 29 June 2022.
  5. ^ "ETC Cup 2008 » Salzburgring Round 2 Results". Retrieved 25 April 2022.
  6. ^ "1995 Superbike World Championship Salzburgring Statistics". Retrieved 20 March 2021.
  7. ^ "1977 Salzburgring 300Kms". Retrieved 10 May 2022.
  8. ^ "DRM Salzburgring 1980". Retrieved 3 January 2022.
  9. ^ "ADAC-Alpentrophäe 13.Lauf Deutsche Formel-3-Meisterschaft Ergebnis Rennen 1" (PDF). Retrieved 21 May 2022.
  10. ^ "1976 Salzburgring F2". Retrieved 10 May 2022.
  11. ^ "STW Cup 1997 » Salzburgring Round 15 Results". Retrieved 25 April 2022.
  12. ^ "ADAC GT Salzburgring 1993". Retrieved 20 July 2022.
  13. ^ "1977 Salzburgring ETCC". Retrieved 10 May 2022.
  14. ^ "1984 Salzburgring ETCC". Retrieved 10 May 2022.
  15. ^ "1970 Salzburgring F5000". Retrieved 10 May 2022.
  16. ^ "1973 Salzburgring F2". Retrieved 10 May 2022.
  17. ^ "European 2-Litre Championship Salzburgring 1972". Retrieved 20 July 2022.
  18. ^ "European 2-Litre Championship Salzburgring 1971". Retrieved 20 July 2022.
  19. ^ "1974 Salzburgring ETCC". Retrieved 10 May 2022.
  20. ^ "ADAC Bavaria Rennen 3.Lauf Polifac-Formel 3-Trophy Ergebnis Rennen" (PDF). Retrieved 21 May 2022.
  21. ^ The European Touring Car Championship

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