Batangas was the first ground-up purpose-built circuit in the Philippines, building on the early successes of Subic Bay in developing the emerging motorsport industry. With $3 million of sponsorship backing from Shell, Toyota, Philip Morris, Yamaha and Kilton Motor Corporation, as well as the Provincial Government of Batangas, the circuit opened in 1996, quickly establishing itself as the premier circuit in the country.
As well as being the biggest race track in the Philippines, Batangas is also the biggest organizer of motorsports in the country, with events held at the Clark International Speedway as well. Current series slated to race at Batangas are the Pirelli Superbike Championships, Philippine GT Championships and a local scooter racing series. In addition numerous corporate track days are held in the circuit.
The circuit's original layout was a relatively modest 1.802 miles in length, winding back on itself several times and cramming quite a lot of track into not a great deal of space. The payoff for this is that spectator viewing is excellent, with the whole course visible from most spots.
Facilities are also good, with permanent pitlane garages and a fully-equipped media centre. Races for superbikes, touring cars, Toyota Corolla Cup and formula cars have been organised and the current calendar extends over 36 weekends.
In 2002 the circuit was modified with the addition of a 600 metre extension, adding further variety and providing a longer straight and a tight hairpin. The extension and various improvements to barriers meant that the track received FIA Grade 4 homologation the following year, allowing the visit of the Asian F3 Series (though as of 2021, this had since lapsed).
Further development came in 2005, with the addition of a drag strip (formed from an extension of the main straight) and revised first turn and pitlane exit. Outside of the circuit walls, a new dirt track was also created, providing the perfect spot for off-road 4 X 4 competition.
- Batangas Racing Circuit, Barrio Maligaya, 4225 Rosario, Batangas, Philippines
- Official website
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