Zhuhai International Circuit (ZIC) is located at Jin Ding town in Zhuhai City, Guangdong Province, People's Republic of China.Motorsport started in Zhuhai when it hosted a race on its street circuit in 1993, racing continued until 1996 when the motor racing circuit was constructed and became China’s first permanent motor race track with Formula One in mind.
The circuit is designed by Australian company Kinhill Engineers Pty Ltd, the same group which created the Formula One circuit in Adelaide. The project manager for the project was Michael McDonough.The first international race held at the circuit was the BPR Global GT Series. The circuit soon became the hotbed of local motorsports with teams from Hong Kong and Macau setting up their bases inside the circuit garages.
The original circuit contained 16 corners. But corners 7, 8 and 9 were eliminated after a track change request from FIM and made into one corner.The circuit is 4.3 kilometres (2.67 mi) long and has 14 turns. 9 of them are right turns and 5 are left turns and the circuit runs clockwise only. The shorter straight is 500 metres (0.31 mi) long. T
he longest straight is the start/finish straight which is 900 metres (0.56 mi) long and 14 metres wide at its widest.Alexandre Imperatori, A1 Team Switzerland's rookie driver, suggested that 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.The most successful driver on the circuit is the best one who can manage their brake wear. Zhuhai International Circuit is an FIA Grade II certified circuit.
The fastest qualifying lap ever at the circuit was set by a Lola-Zytek A1 Grand Prix car on the fourth round on December 16, 2007 during the 2007-08 A1 Grand Prix season. It was driven by Michael Ammermüller and managed a lap of 1:23.203. However, this is not considered the lap record since lap records are taken from racing laps and not qualifying.The fastest unofficial lap ever at the circuit was set by a 2007 Panoz DP01 Champ Car on November 30, 2006. It was driven by Roberto Moreno, it managed a lap of 1:23.612 during a demonstration run.The fastest GT1 lap time is set by Christophe Bouchut in an Aston Martin DBR9, prepared by Russian Age Racing in 2005. His time was 1:30.661.
Zhuhai International Circuit Co Ltd is also a prominent motorsport event organizer and promoter in China. It has organized and promoted the FIA GT Championship in China and in 2007, it has also signed a contract with China Motorcycle Sports Association to promote the inaugural China Superbike Championship.
Zhuhai International Circuit is the promoter of the China Superbike Championship, established in 2007 and sanctioned by the China Motorcycle Sports Association, CMSA.ZIC also organizes the Circuit Hero and Circuit Hero GT race series, which allows citizens of the People's Republic of China to participate.
HTCC And MTCC
The Hong Kong Touring Car Championship and the Macau Touring Car Championship both run the majority of their races at ZIC since they began.
The Asian Festival of Speed (AFOS) was held at the circuit from October 20, 2006 to October 22, 2006, when a record 33,000 people turned up to watch the races.AFOS has been held at the circuit many times since its inception in 1994.The Asian Formula Three Championship is also hosted by the circuit annually.In addition, the FIM Asia Road Racing Championship race at ZIC in December annually.
Formula One Ambitions
ZIC was included in the provisional 1999 F1 calendar. But the circuit subsequently lost its place in the calendar due to logistical problems. F1 subsequently races in Shanghai International Circuit.
Endurance World Championship
In May 2004, the Endurance World Championship Zhuhai 6 Hours race was held at the circuit. This was the first time an international motorcycle race was held at the circuit. The race was won by GMT 94 Racing.
FIA GT Championship
In 1997, ZIC welcomed the new FIA GT Championship. In 1999, the circuit held the FIA GT Championship again, after that the circuit went quiet on the international scene for 5 years.
A1 Grand Prix
Zhuhai International Circuit staged the fourth round of the 2007-08 A1 Grand Prix season on December 16, 2007. The Sprint race was won by Michael Ammermüller of Team Germany and the Feature race was won by Narain Karthikeyan of Team India. On October 13, 2009, Executive Deputy General Manager of Zhuhai Internation Circuit, Stewart Tan said he welcome A1 Grand Prix return to the circuit on November 15, 2009.However, the series has more races were cancelled, with an announcement made on 5 November 2009 stating that the races in China and Malaysia was not taking part.
Le Mans Intercontinental Cup
On 10 June 2010, the ACO announced that the Chinese round of the 2010 Le Mans Intercontinental Cup - The 1000 km of Zhuhai, will be held at Zhuhai International Circuit on 7 November.On 13 November 2011, the ACO organized the 2011 6 Hours of Zhuhai at Zhuhai International Circuit as the finale of the 2011 Intercontinental Le Mans Cup season.
Super GT Ambitions
In 2004, the GT Association, the organizer of Super GT, announced on 23 May that an All-Star race in China, scheduled for 4 to 6 October at ZIC.But on 5 August 2004, JGTC announced that the race was cancelled, for reasons related to the Chinese organizer.
- Surface: asphalt
- Length: 4.319 km (2.684 mi)
- Turns: 14
- Banking: No
- Lap Record: 1:22.296 (Franck Montagny, Peugeot Sport, 2010, Intercontinental Le Mans Cup)