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LOSAIL INTERNATIONAL CIRCUIT
Opened in 2004, the Losail International Circuit can operate 24 hours a day thanks to a state-of-the-art floodlighting system, which meant the WTCC’s first visit to the Middle East took place under the cover of darkness for a memorable season finale. Like Thailand before it, Qatar also had the honour of hosting a WTCC event for the first time. Losail has staged MotoGP races from the outset with Sete Gibernau winning the inaugural race for Honda. The track, a 30-minute drive from the capital Doha, also hosted the 2006 Grand Prix Masters of Qatar, which was won by Nigel Mansell.
1: Located north of the capital Doha, the Losail circuit was built by 1000 workers at a cost of $US58 million.
2: The track’s electrical system generates 5.4 million watts of power, enough illumination to light a residential street from Doha to Moscow.
3: In 2009 the track hosted a round of the GP2 Asia Series, with Davide Rigon setting the lap record in a time of 1m38.699s.
4: Bordered by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to the west and the Persian Gulf to the east, the State of Qatar’s most famous motorsport personality is arguably double Dakar winner and WRC2 champion Nasser Al-Attiyah, who guest-drove a Chevrolet Cruze in WTCC Race of Qatar, finishing on each occasion.
5: Arabic is the national language of Qatar but, due to a large expatriate population, English, French, Malayalam, Tagalog and Urdu are also widely spoken.
Name: Losail International Circuit
Location: Al Wusail, North Relief Road
Website: www.circuitlosail.com, www.qmmf.com
Length: 5.380 kilometres
Lap record (qualifying): José María López (Citroën C-Elysée), 2m00.947s (160.1kph), 27/11/15
Lap record (race): José María López (Citroën C-Elysée), 2m01.628s (159.2kph), 27/11/15
WTCC RACE OF QATAR WINNERS
2015: Race 1: José María López (Citroën C-Elysée); Race 2: Yvan Muller (Citroën C-Elysée)
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