Address: Bira Circuit One Co.Ltd., 111 Moo 5 T.Pong A.Banglamung, Chonburi 20150, Thailand
PH: +66 38 938 140
Circuit type: Permanent road course
Bira Circuit was Thailand's first permanent motor racing venue, opening in 1985 a short distance from the seaside resort of Pattaya. The track quickly became a focal point for the local racing scene, though it has rarely captured international attention.
Covering just 65 acres, the track is necessarily compact, with its U-shaped course featuring short straights, several chicanes and a relatively fast downhill double-apex corner. It's bumpy too and, thanks to the Thai climate, racing is often a hot and humid affair. The pit complex boasts garages for cars or motorbikes, plus a control tower, medical centre and meeting room. Opposite sits the main grandstand and spectator area, which can accommodate up to 30,000 people.
As well as the permanent circuit, the complex also includes an offroad track, a rally stage and a karting circuit, which was renovated in 2006 to meet Commission Internationale de Karting (CIK) racing standards.
The facility takes its name from Siamese Prince Birabongse Bhanudej Bhanubandh, better known as Prince Bira, who remains the only Thai person to have raced at the highest level of world motorsport. Between 1950 and 1954 he competed in 19 Formula One World Championship events, with a best finish of fourth. He died, aged 71, the same year that the circuit opened and it is named in his memory.
The South East Asia Touring Car Zone Challenge (SEATCZC) has been run at Bira Circuit since 1992 and the Asian Formula 2000 (AF2000) since 1997. When not hosting race events, the circuit is fully equipped to host private functions such as driving schools, testing programs and corporate events.
Bira Circuit is located close to Pattaya in Thailand. The nearest airport is Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi Airport, around a 90 minute drive to the north-west.
The circuit is situated between Pattaya and Rayong, directly alongside Highway 36. From Bangkok, it can be reached by taking the motorway toll road (Highway 7) towards Chonburi and Pattaya and then exiting onto Highway 36. Alternatively, you can take the Chon Buri Expressway (Highway 34) out of Bangkok to Chonburi before exiting onto Highway 36 at Chonburi and continuing onto the circuit. Travel time from Bangkok via the Chonburi motorway is about one and half hours and slightly longer if taking the expressway.