Chang International Circuit

The Buriram International Circuit (known as Chang International Circuit (ช้าง อินเตอร์เนชั่นแนล เซอร์กิต) for commercial purposes, but listed by its non-commercial name because of alcohol restrictions in some countries) is a motorsport race track in Buriram, Buriram Province, Thailand. The circuit was opened in 2014.[2] This is the first FIA Grade 1 and FIM Grade A circuit in Thailand. The track's primary corporate sponsor, Chang Beer, named the track as part of the sponsorship; however, because of laws regarding alcohol sponsorship in France and Qatar, the circuit uses the non-commercial name in FIM documentation.

Chang International Circuit
Buriram International Circuit
Buriram circuit map.svg
LocationBuriram, Thailand
Time zoneUTC+07:00
Thai Standard Time
Coordinates14°57′46″N 103°05′06″E / 14.962844°N 103.0849984°E / 14.962844; 103.0849984Coordinates: 14°57′46″N 103°05′06″E / 14.962844°N 103.0849984°E / 14.962844; 103.0849984
Capacity50,000 (grandstand) + 50,000 (berm) = 100,000 total capacity[1]
FIA GradeFIA 1
FIM A
Broke ground2 March 2013; 9 years ago (2013-03-02)
Opened4 October 2014; 7 years ago (2014-10-04)
ArchitectHermann Tilke
Major eventsCurrent:
Grand Prix motorcycle racing
Thailand motorcycle Grand Prix
(2018–2019, 2022)
Formula 4 South East Asia Championship (2017–2019, 2022)
Former:
Asian Le Mans Series (2016–2020)
F3 Asian Championship (2019–2020)
GT World Challenge Asia (2017–2019)
Super GT (2014–2019)
World SBK (2015–2019)
TCR Asia Series (2015–2016)
WTCC Race of Thailand (2015)
Current Circuit (2014–present)
SurfaceAsphalt
Length4.554 km (2.830 miles)
Turns12
Race lap record1:23.848 (New Zealand Nick Cassidy, Ligier JS P217, 2020, LMP2)
Websitewww.bric.co.th

HistoryEdit

The Japanese Super GT has visited Buriram since 2014. Also, the TCR International Series, TCR Asia Series and GT Asia Series is scheduled to race at Buriram in October 2015, and the World Touring Car Championship in November 2015, and the Asian Le Mans Series in January 2016.

On 22 March 2015, the first ever Thailand round of the World Superbike Championship was held at the circuit. Both of the Superbike races were won by UK rider Jonathan Rea and the World Supersport race was won by Thai rider Ratthapark Wilairot, much to the delight of the Thai spectators.[3]

On 23 June 2015, it was announced that the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia series would be visiting the circuit for the seventh and eighth rounds of the one-make series.[4]

On 12 March 2016, the second Thailand round of the World Superbike Championship was held. UK rider Jonathan Rea again won race 1, UK rider Tom Sykes won race 2. The World Supersport race was won by the French rider Jules Cluzel.[3]

On 11 March 2017, the third Thailand round of the World SuperBike Championship took place. UK rider Jonathan Rea scored his hattrick of race 1 wins at the circuit and also won race 2. The World Supersport race was won by Italian rider Federico Caricasulo, local Thai rider Decha Kraisart came second.[3]

In September 2017, Dorna Sports confirmed that MotoGP will be held at the Buriram International Circuit, with a three-year commitment running from 2018 to 2020 for a race called the PTT Thailand Grand Prix.[5]

Lap recordsEdit

The lap records at the Chang International Circuit are listed as:

Category Time Driver Vehicle Event
Grand Prix Circuit: 4.554 km (2014–present)
LMP2 1:23.848[6] Nick Cassidy Ligier JS P217 2020 4 Hours of Buriram
Super GT (GT500) 1:24.977[7] Yuhi Sekiguchi Lexus LC 500 GT500 2018 Buriram Super GT round
LMP3 1:29.905[8] Josh Burdon Ligier JS P3 2018 6 Hours of Buriram
MotoGP 1:30.904 Marc Márquez Honda RC213V 2019 Thailand motorcycle Grand Prix
F3 Asia 1:32.260[9] Mikhael Belov Tatuus F.3 T-318 2019–2020 Buriram F3 Asia round
World SBK 1:32.724[10] Álvaro Bautista Ducati Panigale V4 R 2019 Buriram World SBK round
GT3 1:33.055[8] Jesse Krohn BMW M6 GT3 2018 6 Hours of Buriram
Super GT (GT300) 1:33.172[11] Katsuyuki Hiranaka Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3 (2018) 2018 Buriram Super GT round
Moto2 1:36.097 Luca Marini Kalex Moto2 2019 Thailand motorcycle Grand Prix
World SSP 1:37.620[12] Randy Krummenacher Yamaha YZF-R6 2018 Buriram World SSP round
Formula Renault 2.0 1:38.515[13] Ye Hongli Tatuus FR2.0/13 2016 Buriram Asian Formula Renault round
WTCC 1:39.275[14] Gabriele Tarquini Honda Civic WTCC 2015 FIA WTCC Race of Thailand
Formula Masters China 1:39.473[15] Philip Hamprecht Tatuus FA010 2016 Buriram Formula Masters China round
Formula 4 1:42.398[16] Ugo de Wilde Mygale M14-F4 2017–2018 Buriram F4 SEA round
Moto3 1:42.963 Dennis Foggia KTM RC250GP 2018 Thailand motorcycle Grand Prix
TCR Touring Car 1:44.121 Gianni Morbidelli Honda Civic TCR 2015 TCR International Series Buriram round
GT4 1:44.825[17] Reinhold Renger Mercedes-AMG GT4 2018 Buriram Blancpain GT Series Asia round

EventsEdit

Current
Former

GalleryEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Dagys, John. "VIDEO: 100,000 Fans Pack Buriram for Asian LMS Round – Sportscar365". sportscar365.com.
  2. ^ ""บุรีรัมย์ ยูไนเต็ด" จับมือ "ช้าง" และพันธมิตร เปิดสนาม "ช้างฯ เซอร์กิต" สุดยิ่งใหญ่".
  3. ^ a b c "WorldSBK". www.worldsbk.com.
  4. ^ Pettit, Vince (22 June 2015). "Carrera Cup Asia announces visit to Tilke designed Thailand circuit". theCheckeredFlag.co.uk. Retrieved 22 June 2015.
  5. ^ "MotoGP 2018 Confirmed At Chang International Circuit". September 3, 2017.
  6. ^ "2019-2020 4 Hours of Buriram Best laptimes per driver" (PDF). Retrieved 16 March 2021.
  7. ^ "2018 Super GT Round 4 Race Results GT500". Retrieved 16 March 2021.
  8. ^ a b "2017-2018 6 Hours of Buriram Best laptimes per driver" (PDF). Retrieved 16 March 2021.
  9. ^ "2019–20 F3 Asian Championship Round 5 Race 14 Results". Retrieved 16 March 2021.
  10. ^ "Pirelli Thai Round, 15-17 March 2019 World Superbike - Results Race 1" (PDF). Retrieved 16 June 2022.
  11. ^ "2018 Super GT Round 4 Race Results GT300". Retrieved 16 March 2021.
  12. ^ "Thai Round, 23-24-25 March 2018 World Supersport - Results Race" (PDF). Retrieved 16 June 2022.
  13. ^ "2016 Asian Formula Renault - Race 1 Official Result" (PDF). Retrieved 17 July 2022.
  14. ^ "2015 WTCC Race Of Thailand Session Facts". Retrieved 16 March 2021.
  15. ^ "Buriram Super Race 2016 Formula Masters China Series - Race 3 Provisional Result" (PDF). Retrieved 17 July 2022.
  16. ^ "2017-2018 Asian Le Mans Series 6 Hours of Buriram F4 Race 5 Results" (PDF). Retrieved 17 May 2021.
  17. ^ "SRO GT Asia Buriram 2018". Retrieved 24 April 2022.

External linksEdit