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The Salzburg Ring is a permanent race track opened in 1969 in the so-called Nesslgraben between Koppl and Plainfeld near Salzburg in Austria. It was built at the same time as the Austria ring.

The ring

Its route length is 4255 meters. Two long straight, with the back straight to the start - finish straight is slightly uphill, and on this line subsequent long corner above the paddock, this route could be a very fast race track. The Belgian Werner Daemen reached in 2009 under the IDM to his BMW S 1000 RR an average speed of 189.299 km / h, with which he holds the Superbike lap record.

Due to the ever-growing range safety requirements for motor sports events several modifications were necessary over the years. Among other things, created the so-called harassment in order to reduce the speed and run-off areas, which was very difficult and expensive due to the basin location of the ring.

Unique are the natural stands, which allow by their location above the track particularly interesting race observations, especially in the section above the paddock, from where one has insight on both straight and elongated paddock curve.

The events

On September 21, 1969, the Salzburg ring with the 1st Int was. Price from Salzburg opened. On August 30, 1970, six days before his death in training for Formula 1 Grand Prix Monza, Jochen Rindt drove his last race here - a Formula 2 race, the former base of the formula 1 was in the 1970s, the Salzburg ring the scene of several formula 2 European Championship races. Formula 1 stars and world champions such as Graham Hill, Emerson Fittipaldi, Jacky Ickx, John Watson, Mike Hailwood and many others took here. At this time, the European Touring Car Championship has performed several times at the Salzburg Ring. From 1971 to 1994 regularly found scrolling instead of the motorcycle world championship. Motorcycle aces like Giacomo Agostini on MV Agusta and Toni Mang enthusiastic up to 100,000 spectators.

Between 1975 and 1994 there were eight times the " Oldtimer Grand Prix" for historic motorcycles and automobiles, which attracted several hundred participants from all over the world (including Juan Manuel Fangio, Niki Lauda, ​​John Surtees, Luigi Taveri ). This event had to be adjusted due to stricter noise regulations of the federal state of Salzburg. Since 2004 a vintage car event will take place again in memory of the only Austrian motorcycle world champion Rupert Hollaus.

The number of major motor sport events ( once Super Tourenwagen Cup, motorcycle WM) is limited to five per year. However, there are also held regularly other events such as motor shows by automobile manufacturers, Driver training and club meetings. Among other things, takes place at the Salzburg Ring of International Skirollerwettbewerb " Skate the Ring" since 2010. In addition, the Salzburg Ring hosted by 2008 the Frequency Music Festival and since 2013, the Electric Love Festival. Although no motorsport events with many spectators take place more, the Salzburg Ring of March is fully booked until November each year and can finance itself with an annual turnover of 1.5 million euros excluding subsidies.

The future

The contract with the State of Salzburg as a landowner runs until 2015. Discussions are currently underway with the motorcycle manufacturer KTM, who wants to build a center of excellence in the vicinity of the test track.