Porsche Ring (also known as Audru ringrada, auto24ring, Audru Ring, Pärnu Ring, Sauga Ring and EST-Ring) is a motor racing circuit in Papsaare, near Pärnu, Estonia. It is operated by A2 Racing MTÜ[1] and is the only permanent road circuit in Estonia. The circuit hosts rounds of Baltic Touring Car Championship and other Estonian, Finnish, Baltic and North European Zone events. It is also possible to rent track cars and enjoy different driving experiences or drive your own vehicle (car, motorcycle).

Porsche Ring
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LocationPapsaare, Pärnu, Estonia
Time zoneEET (UTC+2)
EEST (DST)
Coordinates58°24′16″N 24°27′00″E / 58.40444°N 24.45000°E / 58.40444; 24.45000Coordinates: 58°24′16″N 24°27′00″E / 58.40444°N 24.45000°E / 58.40444; 24.45000
Opened1936
Former namesAuto24ring (2013–2021)
Audru Ring
Pärnu-Ring
Sauga Kolmnurk (1936–1960s)
Major eventsCurrent:
BaTCC (2002–present)
Former:
SMP F4 Championship (2015, 2017)
Full Circuit (2012–present)
Length3.200 km (1.988 miles)
Turns11
Race lap record1:11.573 (Estonia Martin Rump, Tatuus FR2000, 2013, Formula Renault 2.0)
Full Circuit (2001–2011)
Length2.173 km (1.350 miles)
Turns9
Race lap record0:49.766 (Russia Viktor Shaytar, Dallara F304, 2008, F3)
Full Circuit (1989–2000)
Length3.668 km (2.279 miles)
Turns13
Original Circuit (1936–1988)
Length6.100 km (3.790 miles)
Turns10
Websiteaudruring.ee

HistoryEdit

The first competitions at the location of the circuit were held in the 1930s. The original layout, called Sauga Kolmnurk (Sauga Triangle), was a 6.100 km (3.790 mi) long circuit utilising three public roads: Nurme tee, Sulu-Papsaare tee and Haapsalu maantee.[2][3] Racing activities at the Kolmnurk ceased in the late 1960s.[4]

A new circuit, designed by Enn Teppand was built in 1989–90. This 3.668 km (2.279 mi) long layout included one of the corners of the original Kolmnurk as well as two, shortened, straights on Nurme tee and Haapsalu maantee. There was also a new section introduced consisting another public road and a short purpose build section.[2][3]

In 2000, construction of the current circuit begun. The current circuit, opened in 2001, is designed to minimize the use of public roads. The 2.173 km (1.350 mi)[5] long layout uses the sections added in 1990 plus a new straight and a chicane. A 350 m (1,150 ft) long straight on Nurme tee is all that remains of the original 30's circuit.[2][3]

In 2012 a new section has been completed, thus making a total length of 3.200 km (1.988 mi). The entire track went through the upgrade in order to meet FIA Grade 3 and FIM Grade B standards.[6][7]

From August 2021, the circuit is named as Porsche Ring for 5 years.[8]

GalleryEdit

Lap recordsEdit

The official race lap records at the Porsche Ring are listed as:[9]

Category Time Driver Vehicle Event
Full Circuit: 3.200 km (2012–present)[8]
Formula Renault 2.0 1:11.573[9][10] Martin Rump Tatuus FR2000 2013 1st Pärnu Formula Scandic round
Formula 4 1:11.890[9][11] Nikita Troitskiyd Tatuus F4-T014 2015 2nd Pärnu SMP F4 round
Superbikes 1:13.953[9] Hannes Soomer Honda CBR1000RR 2019 Pärnu Estonian Superbike round
Porsche Carrera Cup 1:13.970[12] Ralf Aron Porsche 911 (991 II) GT3 Cup 2021 Pärnu Porsche Sprint Challenge NEZ round
GT1 (GTS) 1:14.236[9][13] Pertti Kuismanen Chrysler Viper GTS-R 2016 Pärnu BATCC round
Formula Ford 1:17.549[9][14] Aleksanteri Huovinen Van Diemen LA10 2014 Pärnu Finnish Formula Ford round
Full Circuit: 1.475 km (2001–2011)[8]
Formula 3 0:49.766[15] Viktor Shaytar Dallara F304 2008 Pärnu Finnish F3 round
Formula Renault 2.0 0:50.054[15] Jesse Krohn Tatuus FR2000 2008 Pärnu Formula Renault 2.0 NEZ round

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Ringrada.ee". Archived from the original on 2011-07-20. Retrieved 2010-01-04.
  2. ^ a b c "Сауга". Archived from the original on 2012-03-06. Retrieved 2010-05-20.
  3. ^ a b c "F1CEL Foorum - Powered by XMB". Archived from the original on 2011-07-20. Retrieved 2010-07-19.
  4. ^ "Porschering | Probably the best racetrack in the Nordics!". www.audruring.ee.
  5. ^ "Home". audruring.ee.
  6. ^ http://www.audru.ee/files/documents/planeeringud/834_AudruRingrada_seletuskiri1.pdf[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ http://www.audru.ee/files/documents/planeeringud/834_AudruRingrada_plan_Tehnovorgud.pdf[permanent dead link]
  8. ^ a b c "Audru Ring - Racing Circuits". Retrieved 25 December 2022.
  9. ^ a b c d e f "Auto24Ring Rekordid". Retrieved 25 December 2022.
  10. ^ "BTCC 1. Pärnu/Audru (EST) Auto24ring 10.-11.5.2013, 3.100 km >> Formula Scandic, Rennen 1, 15 Runden". Retrieved 25 December 2022.
  11. ^ "2015 SMP F4 Championship Pärnu 2 Race 2 (25' +1 lap) Final Classification" (PDF). Retrieved 25 December 2022.
  12. ^ "Porsche Festival Estonia 2021 >> Porsche Festival Estonia 2021 - Sprint Challenge NEZ Race 3; 15min+1lap". Retrieved 25 December 2022.
  13. ^ "Baltische Meisterschaften 2016 Dzintara aplis/Dzintara volga 2016 >> 2. Pärnu auto24ring, Audru (EST) BaTCC II "SUUR VÕIDUSÕIT 2016 EstRC,FinRC,FIA-NEZ" 29.6.-1.7.2016, 3.170 km GT Open Rennen 2, 12 Runden". Retrieved 25 December 2022.
  14. ^ "Baltische Meisterschaften 2014 >> 2. Pärnu/Audru (EST) auto24ring BaTCC + Finnische Meisterschaft 27./29.6.2014, 3.170 km Finnische Formel Ford, Rennen 1, 15 Minuten + 1 Runde (13 Runden)". Retrieved 25 December 2022.
  15. ^ a b "Formula Baltic 2008 >> 3. Pärnu/Audru". Retrieved 25 December 2022.

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