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Baku World Challenge

The Baku World Challenge is an international motorsport competition in Baku, Azerbaijan. The event is held on a temporary street circuit on closed public roads.

Baku World Challenge
Aerial View of Baku, May 2012.jpg
LocationBaku, Azerbaijan
40°23′43″N 49°52′56″E / 40.39528°N 49.88222°E / 40.39528; 49.88222Coordinates: 40°23′43″N 49°52′56″E / 40.39528°N 49.88222°E / 40.39528; 49.88222
First race2012
Lapsca. 30
Duration1 hour
Previous namesCity Challenge Baku (2012)
Baku World Challenge (2013)
SurfaceAsphalt
Length2.721 mi (4.379 km)
Turns18
Lap record1:42.583[1] (René Rast, Audi R8 LMS ultra, 2013, GT3)

HistoryEdit

2012Edit

In 2012, the City Challenge GmbH organized a stand-alone event for GT3-spec cars in Baku. It was called City Challenge Baku. The races were held on a 2.144 kilometer street circuit around the Government House.[2] Gymkhana drifters and entertainment activities were the supporting program. According to the promoter, the event had 42,000 visitors.[3]

2013Edit

In 2013, the finale of the FIA GT Championship was held in Baku as Baku World Challenge. The series used a new street circuit close to the Baku Crystal Hall and the National Flag Square. It had a length of 4.380 kilometres. The event was organized by Jean-François Chaumont and the former Formula 1 driver Thierry Boutsen.[2]

2014Edit

The Baku World Challenge was the last race of the Blancpain Sprint Series in 2014.[4] The event was discontinued following the announcement that Formula One would hold a street race in Baku from 2016.

Previous winnersEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Result List Main Race" (PDF). Blancpain Timing. 2013-11-02. Retrieved 2014-03-03.
  2. ^ a b Fabian Stein (2013-11-20). "Wie die Challenge nach Baku kam". adrivo Sportpresse GmbH. Retrieved 2014-03-03.
  3. ^ "Overwhelming media coverage of Baku event". City Challenge GmbH. Archived from the original on 2014-03-03. Retrieved 2014-03-03.
  4. ^ "Zolder round of the Blancpain GT Series postponed by a week". SRO Motorsports Group. 2014-01-13. Retrieved 2014-03-03.

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