The circuit of Navarra, located near the town of Los Arcos, is a multi-discipline sporting complex featuring a 2.4 mile road course, half-mile karting circuit, skid pan and off-road arena.
The track has a bit of everything and demands a balanced setup which can meet the competing demands of the fast and flowing opening sector, and the twisty and technical back half of the lap.
As well as three circuit variations (two of which can be run independently and simultaneously, the facility boasts well-appointed conferencing facilities, including a restaurant, bar and cafeteria, shopping area, convention room, terrace overlooking the track, outdoor playground and parking.
Plans for the circuit in northern Spain were first announced in 2007 by the private Samaniego Group. Funding difficulties saw the Government of Navarra step in and become majority owner and construction work began in 2009 at a cost of €50 million.
Opening in 2010, the track has been designed and built to the highest standards, achieving FIA Grade T1 and Grade 2 licences – meaning it can host F1 tests and all race categories below F1 – and FIM Grade B standards, allowing World Superbikes and below. The main circuit has three configurations, two of which can be run simultaneously.
Spectator facilities are good, with plenty of good viewing spots outside of the main grandstand, while photographers will be delighted to find that they have several areas set aside specifically for them, meaning photo opportunities are much better than at many circuits.
Navarra has become a popular testing venue, thanks to its good weather and close proximity to the French border. It has also become a staple on the GT racing scene, hosting rounds of the FIA GT and Blancpain Series, as well as the French GT Tour and the European Truck Racing Series.
In 2021 it became host to the World Superbikes Championship for the first time, added as an additional European round of the coronavirus-affected schedule. Ducati rider Scott Redding taking the Superpole race and then following up with a race one victory, before the second race was won by the Yamaha of eventual series champion Toprak Razgatlıoğlu.