The Wuhan Street Circuit (Chinese: 武漢街道賽) sprang to international attention after becoming host to the FIA World Touring Car Cup (WTCR) in 2018, having previously hosted the Chinese Touring Car Championship (CTCC).
The capital of Hubei province and 900 kilometres west of Shanghai on the banks of the Yangtze River, Wuhan is a major transportation and industrial hub. It is home to several car manufacturing plants including Honda, Hyundai and Peugeot, plus an expanding population of more than 15 million people, making for an ideal basis to develop the event further.
After two editions of the race for the touring cars, it switched to the GT cars of China Endurance Series in 2019, with the last race taking place in December, around the time it was subsequently discovered the coronavirus pandemic broke out, with Wuhan at the epicentre. Inevitably, the race has not been held in subsequent years and it remains to be seen if it will ever return.
A tricky course winding around the Wuhan Sports Center, the track first came into use in 2017 when it held the penultimate race weekend of the CTCC. The races were won by Rob Huff and Zhendong Zhang.
In 2018 , the race weekend was expanded alongside the CTCC, with the TCR China Touring Car Championship and the Chinese Formula 4 Championship being added to the scorecard, which was now headed by the international stars of the WTCR. For this event the circuit was lengthened, with 400 metres of new tarmac laid to connect the roads around the sports stadium with the adjoining streets to create a new chicane and hairpin loop. The pits and paddock were extended at the same time.
The revised track was described as "very short, very tight, very narrow - really sort of an attack sprint circuit" by Rob Huff. The entire circuit was resurfaced, though the resulting asphalt was still very bumpy. Other changes included the insertion of a 'sausage' kerbs and moved concrete walls on the inside of several turns around the lap to prevent corner cutting.
The signature corner on the track is Turn 9, a sweeping curve around the sports stadium which is taken flat out by the touring cars, with crash barriers tight on either side. In its original form, this section led to fast fifth gear chicane, which then took the track under a tunnel and through a curving section to the last corner of the lap. For 2018, 400 metres of new track was added, with a much slower chicane built to lead the cars onto a new straight which ended in a 180 degree hairpin. A short burst then brought the cars to the final tight right-hand corner and back to the start/finish.
The WTCR races were won by Jean Karl Vernay , Mehdi Bennani and Gordon Shedden. Previous year's winner Rob Huff had a torrid weekend, which his previous track knowledge was unable to overcome.
This is a historic circuit which is no longer in operation.
- Wuhan Sport Centre, Tiyu Road, Wuhan, Hubei, China
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The Wuhan street circuit was located in Wuhan city, Hubei province in China. Wuhan Tianhe International Airport is around an hour's drive to the north of the city.
The track was based around the Wuhan Sport Center in the southwest of the city. You can take the subway lines 3 and 6 direct to the sports centre, while there are also many frequent bus services in the local area.