Supercars mowing down the racetrack, racing neck to neck in hot pursuit while the frenzied cheers of the audience rattle through the stadium—race tracks/race circuits are the wild side of sporting action. The thrill of being at a racetrack watching the cars rev and crackle is an exhilarating experience.
Whether you are an ardent racer or a spectator who loves to watch drivers pushing their limits on race tracks, this article will give you information on the top 10 best circuits or racetracks in the world.
1. ROAD AMERICA
Road America is a popular car racing track located south of Green Bay in Wisconsin’s scenic Kettle Moraine. It is one of the world’s fastest permanent road racing tracks that host the grand North American racing series IndyCar, NASCAR, and IMSA. Road America, the racing circuit, is titled America’s National Park of Speed. With challenging long straightways, Road America is the favourite racetrack for racers worldwide.
Circuit Length: 4.048 mi (6.515 km)
Major Events: IndyCar Series REV Group Grand Prix (2016–present), WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, Continental Tire Road Race Showcase (2014–present), NASCAR Xfinity Series, Henry 180 (2010–present), MotoAmerica (AMA FIM) Series (2015–present), American Le Mans Series
2. NűRBURGRING NORDSCHLEIFE
Located in the town of Nürburg, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany, Nürburgring is one of the most demanding racetracks in the world. The race circuit complex can seat 150,000 persons and hosts all the major international racing events. This track has a reputation for being merciless and terrifying among racers for its tricky corners, steep slopes, and treacherous crests. Jackie Stewart, Formula 1 pilot and three-time world champion, named this 20.8-km-long loop as The Green Hell Legend (Grüne Hölle).
Circuit Length: 20.832 km
Turns: 73 (33 left, 40 right)
Highest Point: Hohenrain / Hatzenbach 627.70 m above sea level
Lowest Point: Breidscheid, 320 m above sea level
Major Events: Formula One, German Grand Prix, European Grand Prix, Luxembourg Grand Prix, Eifel Grand Prix, Superbike World Championship, DTM, 24 Hours Nürburgring, 1000km Nürburgring, NLS
Suzuka is a grand race circuit situated in Suzuka City, Mie Prefecture, Japan. The sweeping racetrack with a unique figure-of-eight layout and varied corners hosts Japanese Grand Prix. Suzuka race circuit features 130R, ‘S’ Curves and the Degner Curve (named in the memory of Ernst Degner) has witnessed some incredible motorsport moments. The racing circuit covers incredible corners in a small space and is appreciated by drivers for the challenges it offers.
Circuit Length: 5.807 km (3.609 mi)
Major Events: FIA Formula One, Japanese Grand Prix, Endurance World Championship, Suzuka 8 Hours, Super GT, 1000 km Suzuka
4. CIRCUIT DE LA SARTHE
Also known as Circuit des 24 Heures du Mans, Circuit de la Sarthe is situated in Le Mans, Maine, France. It is a mix of public roads and race track and hosts the world-famous motorsport event, Le Mans. With its iconic corners, Dunlop Curve, the Esses, and the Porsche curves, the semi-permanent racetrack Circuit de la Sarthe tests the driver’s skills to the core. The race circuit is one of the longest racetracks in the world. The race stadium can house over 1,00,000 spectators.
Circuit Length: 13.626 km (8.467 mi)
Major Events: ACO / FIA WEC, 24 Hours of Le Mans, FIM MotoGP, French Grand Prix (2000-), Le Mans Grand Prix (2021 night race), 24 Hours of Le Mans Moto
5. MOUNT PANORAMA
Situated in the mesmerising location, a hill in Bathurst, New South Wales, Australia, Mount Panorama, also known as Bathurst, is arguably one of the greatest racetracks in the world. Mount Panorama is a street track where races are conducted on public roads. The racing circuit is built with an unusual design in compliance with modern standards, with a 174-m (571 ft) vertical difference between its lowest and highest points. The steep inclines, quick corners, and long stretches make it hard and challenging for the racers.
Circuit Length: 6.213 km (3.861 mi)
Major Events: Current, Bathurst 1000, Bathurst 12 Hour, Bathurst 6 Hour, Challenge Bathurst, Former, Australian Grand Prix, Aust. Touring Car Champ., Australian motorcycle Grand Prix, Australian Tourist Trophy, Australian Drivers’ Champ., Bathurst 24 Hour
6. CIRCUIT DE MONACO
Commonly referred to as Monte Carlo, Circuit de Monaco is a popular street circuit laid around the harbour of the principality of Monaco on the city streets of Monte Carlo and La Condamine. This street circuit remains substantially unchanged since its creation in 1929 and is a notoriously difficult one to master even for seasoned racers as it is surrounded by barriers and fast corners like Piscine mixed in with tight hairpins.
Circuit Length: 3.337 km (2.074 mi)
Major Events: Formula One, Monaco Grand Prix, FIA Formula 2, Formula E, Monaco ePrix, Historic Grand Prix of Monaco
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7. LAGUNA SECA
Laguna Seca is a racetrack in central California for both motorcycle and automobile racing. This circuit is laid out around the hillsides in Salinas County on the Monterey Peninsula and is considered one of the US’s best racing tracks. Corkscrew is one of Laguna Seca’s most difficult turns with exacting uphill, blind apex, and a sloppy downhill drop. The circuit currently hosts exciting sports car and motorbike racing.
Circuit Length: 2.238 mi (3.602 km)
Major Events: IndyCar Series, IndyCar Monterey Grand Prix, IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, Hyundai Monterey Sports Car Championship, MotoAmerica Superbike Speedfest, Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion ‘TransAm Speedfest, Former: FIM World Superbike Championship, Pirelli World Challenge / Intercontinental GT Challenge, California 8 Hours, ‘Monterey Grand Prix, FIM MotoGP, United States motorcycle Grand Prix, SCCA National Championship Runoffs.
8. AUTODROMO NAZIONALE di MONZA
Autodromo Nazionale di Monza, world’s third purpose-built motor racing circuit, is a historic racetrack in the city of Monza, north Milan, Italy. This circuit gives racers a hard time with its long straights, fast corners, and tight chicanes. Despite being one of the oldest tracks on the F1 calendar, Autodromo Nazionale di Monza still reverberates with a raving audience at the grandstands supporting their heroes. Formula One Italian Grand Prix is the special event held at Autodromo Nazionale di Monza, which garners the largest number of spectators and glory.
Circuit Length: 5.793km (3.600 mi)
Major Events: Formula One, Italian Grand Prix, Italian motorcycle Grand Prix, 1000 km Monza, SBK, Race of Two Worlds
Silverstone Circuit referred to as Silverstone is a motor racing circuit based off Silverstone, located in both Northamptonshire and Buckinghamshire in England. The grand racetrack is home of British motorsport hosting British Grand Prix since 1950 and featuring some of the best corners in F1 such as Copse and the Maggots/Becketts complex. This old-school racing circuit is one of the most used tracks in the UK as it hosts championships such as FIA WEC and BTCC.
Circuit Length: 5.891 km (3.66 mi)
Major Events: Formula 1 British Grand Prix, 750 Motor Club, Brdc British F3 Championship Ft. Gt Cup Championship, British Grand Prix Motogp™, British Superbike Championship, British Touring Car Championship
10. Autódromo José Carlos Pace
Autódromo José Carlos Pace popularly known as Interlagos located in the city of São Paulo, in the neighbourhood of Interlagos. The circuit is named after Carlos Pace, Brazilian Formula One driver, and has been a regular host for Formula One Brazilian Grand Prix since 1973. Racers will encounter dramatic on-track actions, including quick bends and long straights. Autódromo José Carlos Pace stands testimony to some of the classic moments in F1.
Circuit Length: 4.309 km (2.677 mi)
Major Events: Formula One Brazilian Grand Prix (1972–1977, 1979–1980 and 1990–2019), São Paulo Grand Prix (2021–), FIA World Endurance Championship, 6 Hours of São Paulo (2012–2014) Mil Milhas Brasil, Stock Car Brasil, Fórmula Truck, TC 2000, Formula 3 Sudamericana (until 2013), Brazilian Formula Three Championship (2014–present)
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