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Circuit Ricardo Tormo, also known as Circuit de Valencia and officially named Circuit de la Comunitat Valenciana Ricardo Tormo, is a motorsport race track located in Cheste (Valencia, Spain) and built in 1999. It has a capacity of 120,000 and a main straight of 876 metres. It is often used as a test track by the Formula One teams, because of the mild temperatures in winter. Anthony Davidson holds the unofficial lap record, set in 2006 while testing a Honda RA106, with a time of 1 m 08.540sec.[1]

Circuit de la Comunitat Valenciana Ricardo Tormo
Valencia (Ricardo Tormo) track map.svg
LocationCheste, Valencia, (Spain)
Time zoneGMT +1 (DST: +2)
FIA Grade1
Broke ground1998
Opened1999
Major eventsFIM MotoGP
NASCAR Whelen Euro Series

Valencian Community motorcycle Grand Prix
WTCC; DTM; F3; GP2; F4 (Spain)
Length4.005 km (2.488 mi)
Turns14
Race lap record1:25.234 (Pedro Lamy, Peugeot 908 HDi FAP, 2007)
Websitewww.circuitricardotormo.com

The track hosts the MotoGP Valencian Community Grand Prix. Also, the FIA GT Championship had a race there in 2000 and 2004, the World Touring Car Championship from 2005 to 2012, the European Le Mans Series in 2007, and the DTM from 2010 to 2012. It has also been Formula E's pre-season test venue since the 2017–18 season, having moved from Donington Park, and also was the GP3 Series (now FIA Formula 3 Championship) pre-season test venue until the 2017 season. The series also hosted a one-off event at the track in 2013. The GP2 Series (now FIA Formula 2 Championship) also held rounds at the track in 2006 and 2007. Valencia has also hosted the season opening round of the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series since 2014.

The track is named after Spanish, two-time world champion Grand Prix motorcycle racer Ricardo Tormo, who died in 1998.

In other mediaEdit

The track has been recreated in the videogames Tourist Trophy and Gran Turismo PSP. The track also appears in other video games like Alfa Romeo Racing Italiano, GTR Evolution and rFactor as well. As it is a MotoGP round host, the track has appeared in every MotoGP game since its début in 1999. The latest recreation of the track was in MotoGP 19, and the SBK games during 2006-2013.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "THE AUTOSPORT.COM F1 TESTING CENTRE". www.autosport.com. n.d. Retrieved 2009-11-16.

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Coordinates: 39°29′9″N 0°37′41″W / 39.48583°N 0.62806°W / 39.48583; -0.62806