Address: Transilvania Motor Ring, Str. Principală Nr. 1/G, Cerghid 547606, Romania
PH: +40 265 708 791
Circuit type: Permanent road course
Romania’s latest permanent circuit and the central Romanian region’s first, the Transilvania Motor Ring has been a long time in the planning. First announced in 2006, construction began in 2011 and was finally complete in 2018 for the circuit’s inauguration in November, with a full calendar of events planned for the following year.
The track was built by the regional council of Mureş using public and EU funds, totaling more than 12.6 million euros. The 34-hectare plot of land had previously been used by the Romanian defence ministry and was acquired by the local council with the aim of providing a boost to local tourism through the development of motor racing facilities. Overall, the project was modelled as a smaller-scale version of the Hungaroring.
EU funding was applied for in 2008 and finally secured in 2010, so by August of the following year, contracts were signed with a consortium of Italian firms to build the new circuit. The site was handed over in September 2011 for construction to begin, with a projected finish date of September 2013.
Difficult ground conditions meant that only 62% of the work was finished by the due completion date and an extension was secured to June the following year. This too came and went with only minimal further progress and the council finally lost patience and terminated the contract. However, the builders refused to hand over the site and continued work until October, when legal proceedings begin.
Fast forward to early 2016 and the courts order the evacuation of the site and in February it is handed back to the council, which takes the decision to plough a further 4.5 million euros into the project to get it completed. Construction work is actually completed by December 2017 but the circuit’s opening is delayed by a landslide on adjoining land, which causes the council to commission a survey to establish the causes. The report finally gives the all clear to the circuit but the inauguration is put back by nearly a year.
<>After this troubled birth, the circuit is finally ready for the public to witness a special event in November 2018, when a range of local racing categories provide demonstration runs, ahead of the track’s formal homologation by the Romanian racing authorities.
The finished circuit measures 2.304 miles (3.708 km) and is largely flat, with modern amenities including a race building featuring 11 double garages, offices for race officials and teams, a medical centre, media facilities and a restaurant.
The first scheduled competitive events in 2019 included several rounds of the
The Transilvania Motor Ring is located near to Cerghid in Mureş county, Romania. The circuit is just 15 minutes south of Târgu Mureș International Airport, offering international flights to a range of European destinations.
The track is located a short distance from the DJ151B county road, a few kms north of Cerghid. The entrance to the track is also only 4 km from the national road DN 15 (E 60) highway, which runs alongside the airport.