Address: CDIC Chengdu International Circuit, Jinjiang Qu, Chengdu Shi, Sichuan Sheng, China, 610110
Circuit type: Permanent road course
Chengdu International Circuit (shortened to CDIC and sometimes, slightly confusingly, referred to as Chengdu Goldenport Circuit) is another of the crop of new racing circuits which sprang up across China in the mid-2000s.
Located in the central southern part of China in the city of Chengdu, it is a hub for local racing activity, though has largely been ignored by the country's major national and international championships in recent years. Not that that necessarily matters - Chengdu is the fifth most populated city in the country and with over a 100 million people living in Sichuan Province, there is no shortage of potential customers on its doorstep.
The track opened in 2007 and in its first two years held rounds of the Asian Touring Car Series and Formula V6 Asia championship, as part of the Asian Festival of Speed. In August 2008, it was announced as the host of the Chinese round of the A1 Grand Prix series - the fourth venue in the country for the single-seater series - with the round for the Ferrari-powered cars scheduled for November of that year, the second round of the 2008-09 championship.
The event would prove the international high-point for the track so far, with Adam Carroll winning the Sprint race while Filipe Albuquerque winning the Feature race. Proceeds from the event went towards the Sichuan earthquake disaster relief fund. It was the latter geological activity which is often blamed on the slightly bumpy nature of the track, although the fact that the track is partially built on former swamp land is equally likely to be a factor.
Today, the racing activity is confined to a visit by the China F4 championship and circuit-specific Sichuan Touring Car Elite series, which was established in 2009 by the China Motor Sport Federation to help promote motorsport development in the south west. More recently a new off road course was opened, complementing the main circuit and skid pan facilities.
Chengdu International Circuit is located in Chengdu city in Sichuan Province, southern central China. Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport is around 30 minutes' drive away.
The circuit is located in the south-eastern suburbs of the city on Jinjiang Avenue, a short distance from the G4201 Chengdu Ring Road Expressway and the southern Third Ring Road. By car, Tianfu Square, the main heart of the city centre, is around 30 minutes away.
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