Zhuzhou International Circuit (Chinese: 株洲国际赛车场) is central China’s first motorsports facility built to FIA Grade 2 standards. Located in the Tianyuan District of Zhuzhou City the circuit forms part of a wider automobile expo site.
Opened in 2019, the track boasts several different layouts, several of which can be used simultaneously, each boasting reasonable elevation changes.
The circuit has become a welcome addition to the Chinese national racing scene, hosting events such as the China Touring Car Championship, China Endurance Championship and Formula 4 in recent years.
Ground first broke on the circuit in March 2018, with the project jointly developed by the Zhuzhou Hi-Tech Group and Shanghai Lisheng Racing Company. The 750 acres site is divided into a variety of functional areas for the main circuit activities, a member experience zone, testing centres, driver education and off-road facilities.
The 2.345 mile (3.774km) main course was penned by China’s first circuit designer, Dr Yao Qiming, gaining FIA Grade 2 homologation upon its completion in October 2019.
The facilities of the track are second-to-none, making it an extremely flexible venue that can cater to as many non-automotive events as it can for those geared towards motor racing.
The main track houses an impressive pit building and exhibition centre, which incorporates an 8,000 seat grandstand, on the third to fifth floors of the building. It offers good views of the start/finish, winner’s podium and the pit lane itself, while a good portion of the last half of the circuit is also visible.
Directly above the 27 pit garages in the main grandstand are 23 VIP rooms, which range in size from 100m2 to 300m2.
One end of the grandstand and pit building houses the race control and press centre. The latter can accommodate more than 100 media at the same time. Elsewhere, a medical centre can easily be converted into a small hospital for major events.
A secondary grandstand, overlooking the longest straight on the combined track is a secondary grandstand and pit building, which serves the test course. This grandstand can host another 2,000 spectators and has oversized VIP rooms located on the second and third floors. A total of 18 further pit garages are housed here.
Opposite the main grandstand is a further paddock area housing the two main buildings of the Brand Experience Centre. The two-storey buildings also have an underground floor. The facilities can be used for multiple scenarios, such as product displays, high-end private club events, business meetings, VIP receptions, and training. Atop the building nearest the main grandstand is the winner’s podium.
The ground floors cover an area of about 1000,5 square meters and can be used as an event venue, banquet hall, or exhibition hall. It is connected to the parking lot on the basement floor by a car elevator.
The second floors of each building are divided into indoor and outdoor sections, providing further exhibition space, classrooms and meeting rooms. Outside, terraces faces onto the track and from one of the buildings provides direct access to the Race Control building via a bridge over the track.
The circuit also boasts another landmark building overlooking the first corner. The 11-storey ‘Release Centre’ stands some 49 metres in height, overlooking the entire course. It provides office space for the circuit administration, as well as further exhibition space and VIP areas. Skywalks connect this building to the VIP areas of the main grandstand.