Losail International Circuit

Losail International Circuit
Losail.svg
Location Lusail, Qatar
Time zone UTC+03:00
Capacity 8,000
FIA Grade 1
Opened 2004
Major events Qatar motorcycle Grand Prix
SBK
8 Hours of Doha
FIA WTCC Race of Qatar
Length 5.380 km (3.375 mi)
Turns 16
Race lap record 1:38.699 (Davide Rigon, Trident Racing, GP2 Asia Series, 2009[1])
Website www.circuitlosail.com
2016 FIA WTCC Race of Qatar
View from the Grandstand

Losail International Circuit (Arabic: حلبة لوسيل الدولية) 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.[2]

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.

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. The qualifying lap record was achieved by Nico Hülkenberg in 1:35.741.[1]

The Superbike World Championship has visited Losail from 2005-2009 and 2014-present.

Racing history

Since 2008, MotoGP has run under lights at Losail.

MotoGP

Superbike World Championship

World Touring Car Championship

Motorcross World Championship

Year Race MX1 MX2
2013 Race 1 Belgium Clément Desalle Netherlands Jeffrey Herlings
Race 2 Italy Tony Cairoli Netherlands Jeffrey Herlings
Year Race MXGP MX2
2014 Race 1 Germany Maximilian Nagl France Dylan Ferrandis
Race 2 France Gautier Paulin Netherlands Jeffrey Herlings
2015 Race 1 Germany Maximilian Nagl Netherlands Jeffrey Herlings
Race 2 Germany Maximilian Nagl Netherlands Jeffrey Herlings WMX
2016 Race 1 Slovenia Tim Gajser Netherlands Jeffrey Herlings New Zealand Courtney Duncan
Race 2 Slovenia Tim Gajser Netherlands Jeffrey Herlings New Zealand Courtney Duncan
2017 Race 1 Italy Tony Cairoli Latvia Pauls Jonass
Race 2 Italy Tony Cairoli Latvia Pauls Jonass

Speedcar Series

Year Race Winning driver Winning team
2009 Race 1 Italy Gianni Morbidelli United States Palm Beach
Race 2 Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi United Arab Emirates Union Properties

GP2 Asia

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

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