The Sokol International Racetrack (also known as Sokol Circuit - Kazakh: Сокол халықаралық ипподромы, romanized: Sokol xalıqaralıq ïppodromı, Russian: Сокольский международный ипподром, romanized: Sokol'skiy mezhdunarodnyy ipodrom) is a motorsport race track 76 km (47 mi) northwest of Almaty, Kazakhstan. The 4.495 km (2.793 mi) circuit was designed by Hermann Tilke and is marketed as an FIA Grade 2 track.
In July 2012, Kazakh businessman Alijan Ibragimov announced plans to build a US$40 million (KZ₸19 billion) motorsport facility on the outskirts of Almaty, the largest city in Kazakhstan, with construction scheduled to commence in September. RacingLoop were brought in as consultants and Hermann Tilke was charged with the design of a circuit intended to draw in MotoGP and the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters, however ground was not broken until 2014.
By 2016 a go-kart track and a drag strip had been opened with Jorge Lorenzo in attendance, as circuit construction was well underway. Construction had progressed as far as electronic and timing installation by early 2019 before it ground to a halt due to political issues.
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