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The city of Jerez has always had a close relationship with motor sport and particularly with motorcycling. Already in the early sixties, the Trophy had Jerez de la Merced, prestigious international career that saw him pass motorcycling greats of that era. Pilots from the likes of Angel Nieto, Ricardo Tormo, Sito Pons, Benjamin Grau, Victor Palomo or internationals Marco Lucchinelli, Barry Sheene, Jan de Vries, Borje Jansson raced through the streets of Jerez. The fruit of this long tradition with the competition would be years later to build a permanent circuit speed and equipped with modern facilities that you would hold the highest level tests.
Opened in 1985, the Jerez circuit quickly became one of the most famous tracks in Europe, to be held in her tests valid for the world championships in Formula 1, Moto and Sport-Prototypes. Without being finished works, without boxes or race control building but with the track already operational, performed the “race driver” on December 8, 1985. It was a scoring event for the Touring Car Championship in Spain and the rain became protagonist. Despite the added difficulties for water, the event was held smoothly and confirmed expectations that Andalucía was poised to become the reference in the world of motorsport.
Only four months later, Jerez lived his first Grand Prix Formula 1 Spain. And the stars of the Championship wanted this release could not be easily forgotten: Senna, driving a Renault Lotus and Mansell, driving the Williams Honda, staged a very tight finish. Only 14 thousandths separated at the finish line to Senna, the eventual winner, Britain’s Nigel Mansell, even today remains one of the most narrow differences in the history of the sport. A year later, he held the first Grand Prix of Spain Moto. Since its first edition, Jerez enthralled bike enthusiasts, who quickly became the Andalusian appointment required annual pilgrimage, the route Jerez currently being one of the more established permanent offices in the calendar that is uninterrupted from 1987 until the Today, always offering special atmosphere that fans appreciate year after year flocking to our city.
In 1992 the Jerez circuit approaches its first major remodeling. In order to improve safety, the primitive chicane disappears, creating a parabolic curve in place that links to the second line of the path of the same length as the main route going to have the current length of 4423 m. In addition, 700 meters are released Air Fence, a revolutionary way of air mattresses replacing straw bales becoming plotting Jerez early adopter of this modern security system that would be built gradually by the rest of the circuits . In those years, also built inside of a motocross facility that houses the world’s 125 and 250 cc, and the Nations Trophy. In 1994, a combination of circumstances, including the death of the late Formula One driver Ayrton Senna at Imola linked to excessive speed passage of Criville linked curves and single seater Ferrari F-1, make it necessary to build a new chicane at that point towards the safety of the current chicane creating pilot Ayrton Senna used today in all vehicle testing and training, while the bikes still use the standard layout 4423 meters. In 1997, Jerez again host a Formula One Grand Prix, the Grand Prix of Europe, final round of the season to the delight of all lovers of motor racing.
Michael Schumacher and Jacques Villeneuve were playing for the championship. The thing is so tight in qualifying three riders at a time equal to one thousandth: Jacques Villeneuve, Michael Schumacher and Heinz-Harald Frentzen calcan a stunning 1’21 “072. In the race, Schumacher vs Villeneuve duel ends at the Dry Sack corner with an ugly maneuver prevented German when Villeneuve, who had the good site, I adelantase, impacting both cars being the most injured Ferrari driver who was on the piano no options to continue, while Villeneuve continued the race to finish third, scoring the title. The move, seen by all and again on television replays, was sanctioned by the FIA with the withdrawal of all points earned in the year by Schumacher. In the spring of that year, Criville won in 500 cc to Mick Doohan, before a crowd enfervorecida, receiving the trophy for winning the Grand Prize from the King of Spain.
The new millennium The security demands on pit lane pit and forced to face in 2002, a major refurbishment, which included the construction of new pits and pit-lane, besides the “viewing platform”, commonly called “UFO” , which is now the flagship of the facility because of its location right on the home straight and forward directly many turns of the track. With this ambitious work, the circuit goes to have a very large boxes and excellently equipped, and a more attractive lounges and a media room ready to allow more than 300 journalists carry out their work in the most effective .
In sports, the year 2002 marked a turning point for the World Championship. Gone was the 500 cc class, held on two-stroke motorcycles, giving way to new motorcycles, called MotoGP, equipped with four-stroke engines … But what did not change was the name of the master of the art. Valentino Rossi won in Jerez and in the Championship riding a Honda-Repsol. In order to keep its leading position in the international arena, in 2008 launched a new remodeling. Some loopholes were enlarged and endowed a paved area, while the entire track with a new asphalt. At present, the circuit continues to evolve to maintain its strong position in the automotive world. 2013 new projects will be undertaken to increase the activity of the Jerez track.
31 May/1 June *CAMPEONATO DE ANDALUCIA CAV 2
21/22 June *G.T INTERNACIONAL / EUROPEAN F-3 OPEN
5/6/7 September *CAMPEONATO DEL MUNDO DE SUPERBIKES
3/4/5 October *C.E.R (CAMPEONATO DE ESPAÑA DE RESISTENCIA)
10/11/12 October *FESTIVAL DE HISTÓRICOS DE JEREZ
17/18/19 October *WORLD SERIES BY RENAULT
2/23 November *CAMPEONATO DE ANDALUCIA CAV