Address: Zhuhai International Circuit, Jin Ding, Zhuhai City, Guangdong Province, China
PH: +86 756 3383228
Circuit type: Permanent road course
Zhuhai was the first permanent motor racing facility in China and has become a centre for the local racing scene, as well as a semi-regular fixture on the international racing circuit.
Its origins lie in the wildly popular street races held in downtown Zhuhai City in the mid-1990s. The opening up of parts of China, including the Zhuhai Special Economic Zone, to western-style market forces created a burgeoning middle class for whom motor racing – and its glitz and glamour – was an attractive prospect. Close proximity to Macau and Hong Kong also made for a more knowledgeable crowd than other parts of China, so it was no surprise that the early street races for GT cars attracted crowds of up to 200,000.
It was clear that there was a ready made audience that could support a permanent facility and also allow China to show off its trade and investment opportunities to a global audience. Land was identified in Jin Ding Town, Guangdong Province and development began in earnest.
Australian company Kinhill Engineers Pty Ltd - the same group which created the Formula One circuit in Adelaide - was engaged to draw up the plans and supervise construction. Designs were first showcased at the 1993 street race and went through several iterations before the final layout was settled upon. These included the removal of a proposed chicane section where the current Turn 7 hairpin now sits following a request by the FIM.
Construction was completed in November 1996,in time for the first international event, the final round of the BPR Global GT Series. The end of season GT races became something of a tradition for a number of years, including when the BPR Series morphed into the FIA GT category. More recently, the circuit was the host of the final round of the Intercontinental Le Mans Championship, though it has not since been included as part of the revived World Endurance Championship.
The circuit is now host to many local and regional races, including the Pan Delta Super Racing Festival, Asian Festival of Speed and has also won the rights to organize China's first National Superbike Championship.
Zhuhai International Circuit is in the north of Zhuahi City, on the southern coast of Guangdong province in the People's Republic of China. It is in close proximity to both Macau and Hong Kong.
The nearest international airports are at Zhuhai, Macau and Hong Kong. Access to the city - and the circuit - are excellent from each airport. There are direct ferries from Hong Kong International Airport to Zhuhai Jiuzhou Ferry Pier, while there are buses from Macau International Airport to Zhuhai Gongbei or Hengqin customs checkpoints.
Public transport options are also excellent - Dongguan, Foshan, Guangzhou, Jiangmen, Jiuzhou port, Macau, Shenzhen, Shunde, Zhongshan and Zhuhai Airport Shuttle all have direct access to Zhuhai International Circuit.
From Gongbei customs checkpoint, bus no. 10 will take you to Zhuhai International Circuit bus stop. From Jiuzhou Ferry Port, take bus no. 3 or no. 3A to Zhuhai International Circuit bus stop. From here, walk along Hagongda Road to the main gate of the circuit.
If hiring a car remember that International Driver's Permits are not recognised by China, so you will need to obtain a local licence to drive legally (get caught wihtout one and the penalty is a 14-day jail term). As a consequence, most foreign visitors find it easier to hire a Chinese driver when renting a car - rates for this are relatively cheap and give the added advantage of not having to deal with Chinese traffic and questionable driving standards.