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- TRACK: Ahvenisto Race Circuit (*) - NATION: Finland 
- TYPE: Circuit - YEAR: 2019 - KM: 2.8 - TURNS: 14
- DIRECTION: clockwise - LAYOUT tested: snow
- All LAYOUT: 6 (race, clear,dusty, mud, snow, unpaved)
- Circuit QUALITY 5/5 - Layout STYLE 5/5 - DIFFICULTY 5/5
- AUTHOR (Folder Name): ahvenisto

- INFO: is a motor racing circuit located in Hämeenlinna, Finland. Distinctive by being twisty and narrow with multiple elevation changes, the circuit is also one of a handful around the world to feature a figure-of-eight crossover layout. Today the track mostly hosts races in national and Nordic championships and cups, including the Finnish Touring Car Championship, NEZ Racing Championship, Nordic Supercar, Finnish Rallycross Championship and Historic Race Finland.

- Personal HOTLAP: 2.00.431 (***) 
- Overall SCORE: 5/5
- Driving FEELINGS: snow means difficult ... very very challanging!

MORE info (by racingcircuits.info)
The father of the idea to build the circuit  was renowned racing driver and sawmill owner Arvo Sorri. In the late 1950s, he announced plans for a track. After a few years the project was restarted by Heikki Mikkola. A course with an unusual figure-of-eight design was penned by engineer Mikko Köppä, who needed the crossover in order to cram in as much track as possible in a small space. The new Ahvenisto course had been beaten to the post as Finland's first permanent track by Keimola by the time it opened on 16 July 1967, though of course it would go on to outlive its rival by more than 40 years. After the initial successes, spectator numbers began to dwindle and the track ran into financial difficulties, exacerbated by the energy crisis in 1972.  The operating company went bankrupt and ownership passed to the City of Hämeenlinna a year later. The circuit rebounded somewhat from 1973, this time on two wheels, when Ahvenisto was chosen as part of the then new FIM Formula 750 races. From 1973-75 Ahvenisto featured on the calendar of a series which variously held World or European Championship status. While no further international circuit races have been held at Ahvenisto, between 1980 and 1999 a total of 18 FIA European Rallycross Championship events were organised on a modified, mixed-surface version of the circuit, with some of the run-offs converted into gravel sections.

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- TRACK: Adria International Raceway (*) - NATION: Italy
- KM: 3.75 km - TURNS: 20 - DIRCTION: counterclockwise
- TYPE: Circuit - YEAR: 2022 - LAYOUT: GP
- Circuit QUALITY 5/5 - Layout STYLE 5/5 - DIFFICULTY 5/5
- FOLDER: actk_adria_raceway - AUTHOR: actk

- INFO: It's a motorsport race track near Adria in the Veneto region of Northern Italy. It is a permanent road course. This layout is the short track.

- Personal HOTLAP: 1.46.706 (***) 
- Overall SCORE: 5/5
- Driving FEELINGS: Now a quite different circuit from the original one... more difficult.

- HISTORY (by racingcircuits.info)
The circuit near Venice opened in 2002. The German DTM touring car championship was the first international series to visit Adria, hosting races in 2003 and 2004. In the inaugural year, victory went to Dutch driver Christijan Albers (Mercedes-Benz). In 2004, eventual champion Mattias Ekström (Audi) managed to win the race at the compact circuit before the DTM abandoned its Italian fixture for several years. In the DTM's place came the FIA GT Championship, hosting a three-hour race in 2006 and then switching to a two hour night race in 2007 and 2008. Somewhat unexpectedly, the DTM returned in 2010, though the race was mainly memorable for the gigantic crash of Alexandre Premat, who flipped his Audi on the start-finish straight after contact from the Mercedes of Maro Engel. In 2012, the circuit underwent its first modifications when a new first corner hairpin was installed for use by motorbike racers. This brought the first turn closer to the pit and paddock and in turn increased the amount of run-off available for the first corner. The original track remains unaltered for continued use in four wheeled competition, though the changes did effectively spell the end of the use of the 'Osso di Cane' test track, thanks to the new corner cutting across it rather abruptly. 
More ambitious alterations was announced for 2021, with plans to extend the circuit to more than 4km in length. The shape of the new course, designed by Italian specialists Dromo, with mulitple switch loops backs in the centre emptying out onto a new back straight.  This rejoins the original course after dipping behind the existing treeline through a series of bends. If the old layout was considered tight and twisty, the new one doubles down on this and more!  An outer loop is also available to bypass the infield back-and-forth section.


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- TRACK: Zhuhai International Circuit | ZIC (*) - NATION: CHN
- KM: 4.3km - TURNS: 14 - DIRECTION: clockwise
- TYPE: Circuit - YEAR: 1998 to date - LAYOUT: GP
- Circuit QUALITY 5/5 - Layout STYLE 4/5 - DIFFICULTY 3/5
- FOLDER: fdr_zhuhai_new - AUTHOR: fdr/sgan

- INFO:  Zhuhai International Circuit (ZIC) is located at Jin Ding town in Zhuhai City, Guangdong Province, China.
- Driving FEELINGS: it is a very challenging high-speed track. The longest straight is the start/finish straight which is 900 metres (0.56 mi) long and 14 metres wide at its widest. There are lots of overtaking places in the circuit because of the combination of straights, hard braking areas for hairpins, tight corners, followed by and accelerating for long straights. 
- Turn 1: It is a high-speed right turn. 
  After the start, multiple cars will approach this turn at a very high speed at the same time;
- Turn 3: It is a high-speed right turn that tests the driver's courage and handling skills;
- Turn 4: It is a high-difficulty, heavy-braking, rapid left turn with an opportunity to overtake;
- Turns 9 and 10: It is a combination of two consecutive 90-degree left-turns. 
- Turn 14: It is the corner where the car returns to the starting grid, and it is also the highest speed corner on the entire track.

- HISTORY (by racingcircuits.info)
Its origins lie in the wildly popular street races held in downtown Zhuhai City in the mid-1990s. 
The opening up of parts of China, including the Zhuhai Special Economic Zone, to western-style market forces created a burgeoning middle class for whom motor racing was an attractive prospect. Malaysian businessman Stewart Tan Seng Teong saw the opportunity to bring a new form of racing to China, which at that stage had only the Hong Kong, Beijing and Shanghai rally and no circuit racing. Tan identified land in Jin Ding Town, Guangdong Province, and planning for a permanent circuit began in earnest, though it would be several years before construction would begin. To whet appetites, races were organised on the streets of downtown Zhuhai, starting in 1993. 
Close proximity to Macau and Hong Kong also made for a more knowledgeable crowd than other parts of China, so it was no surprise that these early races attracted crowds of up to 200,000. It was a clear demonstration that there was a ready-made audience which could support a permanent facility, allowing China to show off its trade and investment opportunities to a global audience.
Designs for the new circuit were first shown at the 1993 street races and went through several iterations before the final layout was settled upon. Australian company Kinhill Engineers Pty Ltd - the same group which created the Formula One circuit in Adelaide - was brought in to draw up the plans and supervise the build. Construction was completed in November 1996, in time for the first international event, the final round of the BPR Global GT Series. 
Minor changes to the circuit occurred at the end of the 1997 racing season, when the chicane section where the current Turn 7 hairpin now sits was removed following a request by the FIM.  
A planned Formula One race at Zhuhai in 1999 got as far as the provisional calendar, only to be removed when the circuit could not meet standards set by FIA.  Instead, the circuit's highest profile race was a round of the FIA GT Championships, 
In 2004 track facilities were further upgraded with the assistance of Hermann Tilke, including the addition of a karting track. This prompted the return of the FIA GT Series, which enjoyed further outings between 2004 and 2007.  



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