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Autódromo Internacional de Curitiba

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Autódromo Internacional de Curitiba
Autódromo Curitiba.svg
LocationAv. Iraí, nº 16, Pinhais, PR, Brazil
Time zoneUTC−03:00
Broke ground1965
Closed12 January 2022; 5 months ago (2022-01-12)
Major eventsFIA WTCC Race of Brazil (2006–2012)
World Series by Nissan (2002)
TCR South America (2021)
Auto GP (2012)
SASTC (1997–1998)
Stock Car Brasil (1980–2018, 2020–2021)
TC2000 (2006)
Fórmula Truck (1996, 1998–2003, 2005–2016)
Copa Truck (2018, 2020–2021)
Full Circuit (1988–2022)
Length3.707 km (2.304 miles)
Race lap record1:10.182 (Belgium Bas Leinders, Dallara SN01, 2002, Formula Nissan)
Original Circuit (1967–1971)
Length4.200 km (2.610 miles)

Autódromo Internacional de Curitiba (also known as Autódromo de Pinhais and Circuito Raul Boesel) was a motorsports circuit located in Pinhais, Brazil. It has been host to the World Touring Car Championship, TC2000, Fórmula Truck and Stock Car Brasil racing. Until 2013 the circuit has also been host of the South American Formula 3 Series, namely the Formula 3 Sudamericana. The circuit also formerly hosted the Brazilian Formula Three Championship.

The circuit also hosted the "Festival Brasileiro de Arrancada", from 1992 to 2016, which was the biggest drag racing event in Latin America.

The circuit

Fabrizio Giovanardi of JAS Motorsport suggested the circuit is bumpy. Andy Priaulx of BMW Team UK suggested the circuit has a mix of massively fast and then medium speed turns which is not favorable BMW touring cars. Jordi Gené of SEAT Sport suggested that its turns are close to each other and they are high speed. The layout and types of corners on the track is actually similar to Motorsport Arena Oschersleben, but with more dramatic elevation changes.

The elevation changes between Entrada do Miolo and Pinheirinho reward well balanced cars. Confident drivers can gain a serious advantage through the heavily banked turns. Curva de Vitoria has quite a bit of positive camber and any exit speed will carry through, all the way down the straight. However, if the car goes even 10 cm (3.9 in) wide it will end in the wall. There is only one racing line through this fast corner, so the driver requires to line up behind the car in front and slingshot past it down the straight.[1]

A1 Grand Prix series

The circuit was scheduled to host a round of the A1 Grand Prix series in February 2006. However, after the schedule was revised, the circuit was removed as a host venue for the series.

Simulation / Video Games

Simulation / Video Game Year Configuration
Automobilista 2 2020 Yes Yes
Automobilista 2016 Yes Yes
Game Stock Car Extreme 2013 Yes Yes
Game Stock Car 2012 2012 Yes Yes
Game Stock Car 2010 Yes Yes
Race Pro 2009 Yes
Race 07 2007 Yes Yes

Ending of Activities

At the end of 2021, it was known the land of the circuit was sold. Since 2014, the Inepar group, the owner of Autodromo, entered in judicial recovery and the plan of recoveries at the time was to sell the circuit. This was postponed after a immobiliar crises throughout Brazil and gave a new opportunity for the circuit. The new plan is a project to build residential and commercial towers. The launch of these buildings is planned for the second half of 2022.

On December 17, 2021 the part of "Curva da Vitória" started to be demolished, but for a legal reasons the work stopped with complaints about the historical heritage of circuit and its land.

Lap records

The official fastest lap records at the Autódromo Internacional de Curitiba are listed as:

Category Time Driver Vehicle Event
Grand Prix Circuit (1988–2022): 3.707 km
Formula Nissan 1:10.182[2] Bas Leinders Dallara SN01 2002 Curitiba World Series by Nissan round
Auto GP 1:12.549[3] Pål Varhaug Lola B05/52 2012 Curitiba Auto GP round
Formula Three 1:13.315[4] Clemente de Faria Jr. Dallara F301 2007 Curitiba F3 Sudamericana round
GT1 1:18.180[5] Fabien Giroix McLaren F1 GTR 1996 2 Hours of Curitiba
Stock Car Brasil 1:21.992[6] Diego Nunes Chevrolet Cruze Stock Car 2020 1st Curitiba Stock Car Brasil round
WTCC 1:22.890[7] Robert Huff Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 2011 FIA WTCC Race of Brazil
TCR Touring Car 1:23.530[8] Rodrigo Baptista Audi RS 3 LMS TCR 2021 Curitiba TCR South America round
Super Touring 1:26.683[9] Juan Manuel Fangio II Peugeot 406 1998 Curitiba SASTC round


  1. ^ "Curitiba". 2006. Retrieved 2009-11-16.
  2. ^ "2002 Curitiba Formula Nissan V6 - Round 15". Retrieved 3 May 2022.
  3. ^ "2012 Curitiba Auto GP". Retrieved 3 May 2022.
  4. ^ "2007 Curitiba Sud-Am F3". Retrieved 23 June 2022.
  5. ^ "2 h Curitiba". Retrieved 3 May 2022.
  6. ^ "Stock Car Pro Series 2020 Curitiba". Retrieved 3 May 2022.
  7. ^ "WTCC 2011 » Curitiba Round 1 Results". Retrieved 3 May 2022.
  8. ^ "TCR SA 2021 » Curitiba Round 3 Results". Retrieved 3 May 2022.
  9. ^ "SASTC 1998 » Curitiba Round 7 Results". Retrieved 3 May 2022.

External links

This page was last edited on 23 June 2022, at 18:33
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