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Hockenheim-Ring GmbH

Hockenheim-Ring GmbH   

Location: Hockenheim, Germany

Distance: 4.574 km

Hockenheimring was originally built in 1932 using roads in the forest as an alternative to the Wildpark-Circuit in Karlsruhe, which became forbidden as a racing circuit by German officials. It was used for motorcycle racing and was expanded to be used as test track for Mercedes-Benz and Auto Union in 1936. In 1938 it was renamed the Kurpfalzring and that name was used until 1947. After the war, former DKW and NSU factory rider and world record setter Wilhelm Herz promoted the track successfully. Grand Prix motorcycle racing events were held, with the German motorcycle Grand Prix alternating between Hockenheim and other tracks.

The original circuit was almost eight kilometres long and consisted of two long straights with a long "Eastern" corner in the forest and a U-turn inside Hockenheim joining them together.

In the early 2000s, F1 officials demanded the 6.8 km (4.2 mi) track be shortened and threatened to discontinue racing there, due to competition from other tracks such as the EuroSpeedway Lausitz and sites in Asia. The state government of Baden-Württemberg secured the financing of the redesign by Hermann Tilke for the 2002 German Grand Prix. The stadium section remained mostly intact, despite a new surface and a tighter Turn 1 ("Nordkurve"). However, the circuit was dramatically shortened, with the long, sweeping forest section chopped off in favour of more tight corners. The old forest section was torn up and replanted with trees. There was and still remains a great deal of criticism of the track redesign. [1]

The track has a seating capacity of 120,000, due to new large grandstands sponsored by Mercedes-Benz.

The complex also features a quarter mile track for drag racing. It hosts one of the largest drag racing events in Europe known as the NitrOlympx.

Address: Hockenheim-Ring GmbH
Am Motodrom
68766 Hockenheim (Motodrom)

Tel.: +49 6205 95 00
Fax: +49 6205 950 299

Date Series Event Start Laps Top Speed Fastest Lap Final Time Finish Points
Jul. 20 GP2 Series Race #1 20 - - - 1:26.863 7 -
Jul. 19 GP2 Series Race #1 9 - - - - DNF -
Jul. 18 GP2 Series Qualifier #1 - 13 - - 1:23.965 9 -
Jul. 18 GP2 Series Practice #1 - - - - - -
Jul. 25 GP3 SERIES Race #10 23 18 - 1:33:230 8 -
Jul. 24 GP3 SERIES Race #9 19 4 - - - DNF -
Jul. 23 GP3 SERIES Qualifier #0 19 14 - 01:48:316 - 19 -