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Losail International Circuit

Losail International Circuit
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Location Lusail, Qatar
Time zone GMT +3
Capacity 8,000
Major events Qatar motorcycle Grand Prix
GP2 Asia, SpeedCar, SBK
Length 5.380 km (3.375 mi)
Turns 16
Lap record 1:38.699 (Davide Rigon, Trident Racing, GP2 Asia Series, 2009[1])
File:Grand Stand.JPG
View from the Grandstand

Losail International Circuit (also Lusail International Circuit) is a motor racing circuit located just outside in the town of Lusail, north of Doha, Qatar.

Built in just under a year by 1,000 workers at the cost of $US 58 million, the track opened in 2004 to the inaugural Marlboro Grand Prix of Qatar, won by Sete Gibernau. In addition the circuit hosted the 2006 Grand Prix Masters of Qatar won by Nigel Mansell.

The track is 5.380 km in length, with a main straight of just over a kilometre at 1,068 metres. It is surrounded by artificial grass to stop the sand encroaching on the track. It happens to be somewhat similar to the Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir.

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

In February 2009, a GP2 Asia Series nighttime race took place. Best qualifying lap was achieved by Nico Hülkenberg in 1:35.741.[1]

Racing History

File:Qatar MotoGP 2010.jpg
Since 2008, MotoGP has run under lights at Losail.

2004 MotoGP of Qatar

2005 MotoGP of Qatar

2006 MotoGP of Qatar

2007 MotoGP of Qatar

2008 MotoGP of Qatar

2009 MotoGP of Qatar

2010 MotoGP of Qatar

2011 MotoGP of Qatar

2012 MotoGP of Qatar

2013 MotoGP of Qatar

2014 MotoGP of Qatar

2015 MotoGP of Qatar

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Notes

  1. ^ a b Losail International Circuit, Qatar 2009 - GP2 Asia results - autoevolution.com
  2. ^ http://resources.motogp.com/files/results/2012/QAT/MotoGP/RAC/Classification.pdf?v1_01cacdb9
  3. ^ http://resources.motogp.com/files/results/2012/QAT/MotoGP/RAC/FastLapRider.pdf?v1_2a629ae4
  4. ^ http://www.motogp.com/en/Results+Statistics

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