Address: Inje International Circuit, 242-2 Buku-ri, Girin-myeon, Inje-gun, Gangwon-do, South Korea
PH: +82 2 561 6990
Circuit type: Permanent road course
A fantastic new facility set high in the mountains of South Korea, Inje Speedium opened in 2013 and already can lay claim to being one of the most exciting venues in the region.
Designed by Wilson Sahara Motorsports, who designed Miller Motorsport Park in the USA among other facilities, Inje features significant elevation changes and several challenging corners, set amongst breathtaking scenery. The site includes the main circuit, a separate kart racing arena, a 134-room hotel and a condominium with 118 rooms.
Construction on the 1.05 million square metres site began in August 2010 and was completed in early 2013 at a cost of approximately 206 million won.
The full course resembles a sea horse in outline and measures 2.6 miles and meets FIA Grade 2 standards, allowing for all categories of motor racing below Formula One. The course also has a shorter 1.6 mile north loop and a 0.8 mile southern course, which is intended primarily to be used for driver education purposes. Both north and south loops can operate simultaneously.
Overlooking the start/finish area is an impressive 20,000 seat grandstand, while the hotel and condominium block are located on the outside of Turn Four.
The first season of events was marred by a dispute between the different shareholders and management of the holding company, which initially saw the circuit under lock and key when officials from the Asian Le Mans Series arrived for their pre-event inspection in July. The dispute was resolved in time for the race to go ahead, but resulted in track management asking for the cancellation of the subsequent Japanese Super Formula Race in August.
Moving forward under the new Inje Speedium banner, it is hoped that all issues have been resolved and the circuit can build a solid place for itself in the Asian racing scene.
Inje Speedium is located in is in the Kangwon-do region of South Korea, approximately 100 miles/160km north east of Seoul. The nearest international airport is at Seoul. The smaller international airport at Yangyang is closer but, while state-of-the-art, few if any scheduled flights are currently taking place.
By road from Seoul airport, motorsists take the airport express highway and head onto Olympic Expressway, then onto the Seoul-Chuncheon Express highway. Get off at the exit Dong Hongcheuon IC bound. Take province road 44 and after approximately 30 minutes exit to province road 31. After another 15 minutes, the circuit is on the left hand side of the road. The whole journey should take around two hours and 30 minutes.