Losail International Circuit

The Losail International Circuit or Lusail International Circuit (Arabic: حلبة لوسيل الدولية) is a motor racing circuit located just outside the city of Lusail, north of Doha, Qatar.

Losail International Circuit
Losail.svg
LocationLusail, Al Daayen, Qatar
Time zoneUTC+03:00
Coordinates25°29′24″N 51°27′15″E / 25.49000°N 51.45417°E / 25.49000; 51.45417Coordinates: 25°29′24″N 51°27′15″E / 25.49000°N 51.45417°E / 25.49000; 51.45417
Capacity8,000
FIA Grade1[1]
Broke ground2003
Opened30 September 2004; 18 years ago (2004-09-30)
Construction costUS$58 million
Major eventsCurrent:
Formula One
Qatar Grand Prix (2021, 2023)
Grand Prix motorcycle racing
Qatar motorcycle Grand Prix
(2004–present)
Doha motorcycle Grand Prix (2021)
Future:
FIA World Endurance Championship
6 Hours of Qatar (2024)
Former:
World SBK
(2005–2009, 2014–2019)
WTCC Race of Qatar
(2015–2017)
FIM EWC 8 Hours of Doha
(2007–2012)
Motocross World Championship (2013–2017)
GP2 Asia (2009)
Grand Prix Circuit (2004–present)
Length5.380 km (3.343 miles)
Turns16
Race lap record1:23.196 (Netherlands Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB16B, 2021, F1)
Websitewww.circuitlosail.com
View from the grandstand

Built in just under a year by 1,000 workers at the cost of US$58 million, the track opened in 2004, named Losail International Circuit, to the inaugural 2004 Qatar motorcycle Grand Prix, won by Sete Gibernau.[2]

The track is 5.380 km (3.343 mi) in length, with a main straight of 1.068 km (0.664 mi). It is surrounded by artificial grass to stop the sand encroaching on the track.

In 2007, Lusail added permanent outdoor lighting for night races. At the time, the lighting of the Lusail Circuit by Musco Lighting was the largest permanent venue sports lighting project in the world, a distinction that now belongs to another Persian Gulf motorsport venue, Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi. The first night race in MotoGP history was the 2008 Qatar motorcycle Grand Prix in March 2008.

In February 2009, a GP2 Asia Series nighttime race took place. The World SBK visited Losail in 2005–2009 and 2014–2019; and the WTCC visited there in 2015–2017.

The circuit hosted the 20th race of the 2021 Formula One season, the inaugural edition of the Qatar Grand Prix.[3]

Lap recordsEdit

The official lap record for the current circuit layout is 1:23.196, set by Max Verstappen driving for Red Bull Racing in the 2021 Qatar Grand Prix. The official race lap records at the Lusail International Circuit are listed as:

Category Time Driver Vehicle Event
Grand Prix Circuit: 5.380 km (2004–present)
Formula One 1:23.196[4] Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing RB16B 2021 Qatar Grand Prix
GP2 Asia 1:38.699[5] Davide Rigon Dallara GP2/05 2009 Qatar GP2 Asia Series round
GP Masters 1:49.116[6] Pierluigi Martini Delta Motorsport GP Masters car 2006 Losail Grand Prix Masters
MotoGP 1:54.338 Enea Bastianini Ducati Desmosedici GP21 2022 Qatar motorcycle Grand Prix
World SBK 1:56.687[7] Jonathan Rea Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10RR 2019 Losail World SBK round
Moto2 1:58.711 Thomas Lüthi Kalex Moto2 2019 Qatar motorcycle Grand Prix
MRF Challenge 1:59.519[8] Toby Sowery Dallara Formulino Pro 2014 Losail MRF Challenge round
Porsche Carrera Cup 2:00.322[9] Clemens Schmid Porsche 911 (991 I) GT3 Cup 2015 2nd Losail Porsche GT3 Middle East Championship round
TC1 2:01.628[10] José María López Citroën C-Elysée WTCC 2015 FIA WTCC Race of Qatar
World SSP 2:01.832[11] Kenan Sofuoğlu Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R 2017 Losail World SSP round
Stock car racing 2:04.508[12] Vitantonio Liuzzi Speedcar V8 2009 Losail Speedcar Series round
Moto3 2:05.403 Romano Fenati Honda NSF250RW 2019 Qatar motorcycle Grand Prix
Supersport 300 2:13.798[13] Ana Carrasco Kawasaki Ninja 400 2019 Losail Supersport 300 round
Asia Productions 250 2:24.177[14] Kasma Daniel Kasmayudin Yamaha YZF-R25 2015 Losail ARRC round
Asia Underbone 130 2:31.934[15] Ferlando Herdian Yamaha T-150 2014 Losail ARRC round

EventsEdit

Current
Future
Former

Racing historyEdit

 
Since 2008, MotoGP class has run under lights at Losail

Formula OneEdit

Year Winning driver Winning team
2021   Lewis Hamilton   Mercedes

MotoGPEdit

Year MotoGP 250cc/Moto2 125cc/Moto3
2004   Sete Gibernau   Sebastián Porto   Jorge Lorenzo
2005   Valentino Rossi   Casey Stoner   Gábor Talmácsi
2006   Valentino Rossi   Jorge Lorenzo   Álvaro Bautista
2007   Casey Stoner   Jorge Lorenzo   Héctor Faubel
2008   Casey Stoner   Mattia Pasini   Sergio Gadea
2009   Casey Stoner   Héctor Barberá   Andrea Iannone
2010   Valentino Rossi   Shoya Tomizawa   Nicolás Terol
2011   Casey Stoner   Stefan Bradl   Nicolás Terol
2012   Jorge Lorenzo   Marc Márquez   Maverick Viñales
2013   Jorge Lorenzo   Pol Espargaró   Luis Salom
2014   Marc Márquez   Esteve Rabat   Jack Miller
2015   Valentino Rossi   Jonas Folger   Alexis Masbou
2016   Jorge Lorenzo   Thomas Lüthi   Niccolò Antonelli
2017   Maverick Viñales   Franco Morbidelli   Joan Mir
2018   Andrea Dovizioso   Francesco Bagnaia   Jorge Martín
2019   Andrea Dovizioso   Lorenzo Baldassarri   Kaito Toba
2020 Moto2 and Moto3 only   Tetsuta Nagashima   Albert Arenas
2021   Maverick Viñales   Sam Lowes   Jaume Masiá
2021 Doha   Fabio Quartararo   Sam Lowes   Pedro Acosta
2022   Enea Bastianini   Celestino Vietti   Andrea Migno

Superbike World ChampionshipEdit

Year Race Winning driver Winning team
2005 Race 1   Troy Corser Alstare Suzuki
Race 2   Yukio Kagayama Alstare Suzuki
2006 Race 1   James Toseland Winston Ten Kate Honda
Race 2   Troy Corser Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra
2007 Race 1   Max Biaggi Alstare Suzuki
Race 2   James Toseland Ten Kate Honda
2008 Race 1   Troy Bayliss Ducati Xerox Team
Race 2   Fonsi Nieto Team Alstare Suzuki
2009 Race 1   Ben Spies Yamaha WSB
Race 2   Ben Spies Yamaha WSB
2014 Race 1   Sylvain Guintoli Aprilia Racing Team
Race 2   Sylvain Guintoli Aprilia Racing Team
2015 Race 1   Jordi Torres Aprilia Racing Team – Red Devils
Race 2   Leon Haslam Aprilia Racing Team – Red Devils
2016 Race 1   Chaz Davies Aruba.it Racing – Ducati
Race 2   Chaz Davies Aruba.it Racing – Ducati
2017 Race 1   Jonathan Rea Kawasaki Racing Team
Race 2   Jonathan Rea Kawasaki Racing Team
2018 Race 1   Jonathan Rea Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK
Race 2 Race cancelled
2019 Race 1   Jonathan Rea Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK
SR   Jonathan Rea Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK
Race 2   Jonathan Rea Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK
2020 Race cancelled

World Touring Car ChampionshipEdit

Year Race Winning driver Winning team
2015 Race 1   José María López   Citroën Total WTCC
Race 2   Yvan Muller   Citroën Total WTCC
2016 Race 1   Gabriele Tarquini   Lada Sport Rosneft
Race 2   Mehdi Bennani   Sébastien Loeb Racing
2017 Race 1   Tom Chilton   Sébastien Loeb Racing
Race 2   Esteban Guerrieri   Honda Racing Team JAS

Motocross World ChampionshipEdit

Year Race MX1 MX2
2013 Race 1   Clément Desalle   Jeffrey Herlings
Race 2   Tony Cairoli   Jeffrey Herlings
Year Race MXGP MX2
2014 Race 1   Maximilian Nagl   Dylan Ferrandis
Race 2   Gautier Paulin   Jeffrey Herlings
2015 Race 1   Maximilian Nagl   Jeffrey Herlings
Race 2   Maximilian Nagl   Jeffrey Herlings WMX
2016 Race 1   Tim Gajser   Jeffrey Herlings   Courtney Duncan
Race 2   Tim Gajser   Jeffrey Herlings   Courtney Duncan
2017 Race 1   Tony Cairoli   Pauls Jonass
Race 2   Tony Cairoli   Pauls Jonass

Speedcar SeriesEdit

Year Race Winning driver Winning team
2009 Race 1   Gianni Morbidelli   Palm Beach
Race 2   Vitantonio Liuzzi   Union Properties

GP2 AsiaEdit

Year Race Winning driver Winning team
2009 Race 1   Nico Hülkenberg   ART Grand Prix
Race 2   Sergio Pérez   Barwa International Campos

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Barretto, Lawrence (2021-09-30). "Everything you need to know about the inaugural Qatar Grand Prix". Formula1.com. Retrieved 2021-10-02.
  2. ^ "Losail International Circuit". RacingCircuits.info. Retrieved 2020-07-16.
  3. ^ "F1 to hold first Qatar Grand Prix at Losail this November". Motor Sport Magazine. 2021-09-30. Retrieved 2021-09-30.
  4. ^ "Qatar Grand Prix 2021". Formula1.com. Retrieved 7 March 2022.
  5. ^ "Lusail International Circuit, Qatar 2009 - GP2 Asia results". autoevolution.com. Archived from the original on 16 September 2011.
  6. ^ "2006 Losail Grand Prix Masters". Retrieved 20 April 2022.
  7. ^ "World Superbike Motul Qatar Round, 24-26 October 2019 Results Tissot Superpole Race" (PDF). Retrieved 16 June 2022.
  8. ^ "Qatar Superbike1-QCH1-MRF Challenge 17th Friday October QSBK-1 QCH-1-MRF Challenge - MRF Challenge Race-2". Retrieved 14 January 2023.
  9. ^ "QCH R5-Porsche G3 CUP-Radical Car Feb.6,2015- QCH4-GT3 Cup-Radical Car - GT3 Cup Race 2". Retrieved 14 January 2023.
  10. ^ "WTCC 2015 » Losail International Circuit Round 23 Results". Retrieved 16 June 2022.
  11. ^ "Qatar Round, 2-3-4 November 2017 World Supersport - Results Race" (PDF). Retrieved 16 June 2022.
  12. ^ "2009 Losail Speedcar - Round 5". Retrieved 19 July 2022.
  13. ^ "Motul Qatar Round, 24-26 October 2019 Race Results" (PDF). Retrieved 22 May 2021.
  14. ^ "Asia Road Racing Championship Saturday 3rd October 2015 Asian Production 250 CC Race 2 Race (9 Laps) started at 21:30:53". Retrieved 14 January 2023.
  15. ^ "2014 Asia Road Racing Championship Round 6 Losail International Circuit, Qatar December 14, 2014 Underbone 130cc Race 1" (PDF). Retrieved 14 January 2023.

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