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Spain Circuit Ricardo Tormo
Circuit Layout
Circuit Ricardo Tormo
Circuit Details
Name Circuit de la Comunitat Valenciana Ricardo Tormo
Location Spain Cheste, Valencia, Spain
Length 3.090km (1.920mi)
Corners 12
First Race 2017 Valencia Test
Circuit Records
Fastest Lap Qualifying Wins
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 The Circuit Ricardo Tormo, otherwise officially known as the Circuit de la Comunitat Valenciana Ricardo Tormo, is a Spanish racing circuit, located near the city of Valencia.[1] Also known the Circuit de Valencia, but named for famed Spanish MotoGP Champion Ricardo Tormo, the circuit is to host the 2017 Valencia Test ahead of the 2017/18 FIA Formula E Championship.[2]

HistoryEdit

The Circuit Ricardo Tormo is one of the newer circuits in the Motorsport world, having officially opened on the 19th September 1999.[1] Originally built to host MotoGP, and named in honour of Spain's greatest motorcyclist Ricardo Tormo, the Circuit de Valencia has since grown to be one of Spain's biggest sporting venues.[1]

Bikes and BeyondEdit

Having been built in a near-natural amphitheatre, the Circuit Ricardo Tormo quickly became notable for the fact that everyone of its 65,000 grand stand seats could see the entire circuit.[1] Further expansions to the seating have seen the capacity rise to over 120,000, while warm winter temperatures mean that, according to the owners, the circuit could be used for 95% of the year.[1] To cement this, the organisers have secured a long-term contract with MotoGP, and have hosted the final race of every season since 2002.[1]

The circuit would quickly become a favourite for Formula One teams too, with frequent visits to the circuit made in the early 2000s for winter testing.[1] When private testing was largely outlawed from F1, the circuit survived, picking up contracts for major series such as GT1, Formula 3 and the DTM, although the circuit continued to be dominated by the motorcycle calendar.[1] A solitary visit by the ELMS was also made, while the w:c:WTCC:World Touring Car Championship had a relatively long stay in the mid to late 2000s.[1]

Formula E HistoryEdit

Donington Park had been established as the Formula E headquarters in 2014, and had been used as the testing centre for the series across all three seasons.[3] However, a desire from the teams to test in warmer climates, on a circuit closer to one typically used during the season, saw the FIA agree to move the series' only pre-season test.[2] The swap to the Circuit Ricardo Tormo would be announced in September 2017, with the first Valencia Test to be held on the 2nd to the 5th October, 2017.[2]

Circuit HistoryEdit

The ten Formula E teams in 2017/18 agreed to use the "National" circuit at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo, with a chicane added to the start/finish straight to better reflect a typical street circuit.[2]

Circuit LayoutEdit

The addition of a chicane to the main start/finish straight would allow the FE cars to charge their batteries on the brakes, before sweeping into the original turn one "Aspar". A blast up to the hairpin "Doohan" follows, before a kink leads the cars into the 90° "Nico Terol".

Two long apex turns follow, with another kink bringing the cars into the shortcut that forms the National Circuit. A long chicane forms the shortcut, before the cars rejoin the full circuit half way around the 180° turn 13, which tightens into the final turn, "Adrián Campos".

RecordsEdit

A full list of records for the Circuit Ricardo Tormo are outlined below:

Circuit RecordsEdit

Below is a list of all of the circuit record holders at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo:

Circuit Ricardo Tormo Circuit Records
Season Test Layout Date Driver Time Report
2017/18 Spain 2017 Valencia Test National Circuit 2 - 5 October 2017[2] Flag of the United Kingdom Oliver Turvey[4] 1:21.822 Report
2018/19 Spain 2018 Valencia Test National Circuit 16 - 19 October 2018[5] Report

ReferencesEdit

Videos and Images:

References:

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 'Circuit Ricardo Tormo: History', circuitvalencia.com, (Circuit Valencia, 2017), http://www.circuitvalencia.com/history/?lang=en, (Accessed 22/09/2017)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 'Valencia pre-season test dates confirmed', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 11/09/2017), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2017/september/valencia-pre-season-test-dates-confirmed/, (Accessed 11/09/2017)
  3. 'Formula-e to build new headquarters at Donington Park', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 23/01/2014), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2014/january/formula-e-to-build-new-headquarters-at-donington-park.aspx, (Accessed 23/04/2015)
  4. 'Turvey finishes pre-season testing on top', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 05/10/2017), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2017/october/turvey-finishes-pre-season-testing-on-top/, (Accessed 05/10/2017)
  5. 'Dates revealed and doors open to the public for Valencia pre-season testing', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 22/08/2018), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2018/august/dates-revealed-and-doors-open-to-the-public-for-valencia-pre-season-testing/, (Accessed 23/08/2018)
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