Address: Autódromo El Villicum, San Juan, Argentina
Circuit type: Permanent road course
The Autódromo "El Villicum" is the latest of a new crop of circuits in Argentina, designed to bring top level national and international racing back to San Juan Province for the first time since the El Zonda circuit fell out of favour on safety grounds.
Located near the city of Albardón, the new circuit is alongside the symbolic Route 40, a 5,000km road which stretches from the north to the south of Argentina, along the breathtaking Andes. Route 40 is a tourist attraction not only for motorsport fans, but for all travellers who go to discover the best landscapes in the country.
The 170 million Peso circuit is being built to FIM Grade A and FIA Grade 2 standards and is set to host a round of the World Superbike Championships after signing a deal with organisers Dorna, as well the popular local Turismo Carretera series.
First announced by the Government of San Juan back in 2015, the track has gone through numerous design iterations, with input from the FIM resulting in the final layout, penned by Argentine architect Leonardo Stella. The 4.266 kilometre track boasts 19 corners - 11 left and 8 right - as well as permanent grandstand seating for up to 10,000. An impressive pitlane building will have up to 64 garages, while there are also plans for an on site hotel.
Work began in October 2016 and progressed through 2017, with finalisation expected to come during summer 2018 ahead of its debut (subject to homologation) on the World Superbike calendar in October.
The Autódromo El Villicum is located at Albardón, around 20 km to the north of the city of San Juan in San Juan Province, Argentina. Domingo Faustino Sarmiento Airport is the closest, to the east of San Juan city, with domestic connections to the main international hubs across Argentina.
The circuit is located directly alongside Route 40 to the north of Albardón, next to an industrial/techno park.