Address: MOM Events & Driver Coaching AB, Thulinvägen 23, 264 51 Ljungbyhed, Sweden
PH: +46 705 300636
Circuit type: Permanent road course
Ljungbyhed Motorbanan is relatively new to the racing scene, though the venue has been operating for driver training purposes since around 2007. Created on the runways and taxi roads of a former air force training base, the circuit has risen to prominence in recent years as Sweden's motorsport scene diversifies.
Located in the county of Skåne, the circuit began life as an airfield, the smaller of two sets of runways and facilities that served until 1998 as home to the Swedish Air Force Flying School. The facility had been used by the military as far back as the 1600s before at the turn of the 20th century being converted for flight. Indeed, the larger main runways to the south west of the circuit are still in use as part of Ljungbyhead Airport, meaning the site is the second oldest runway in continuous use around the world.
When the military left the area, the facility was the airfield then switched to civil use, operated by F5 AB, a wholly owned company of Klippan municipality. In 2007, Klippan municipality sold its last shares in the company into private hands, which was redeveloping the site under the name Ljungbyhed Park. In addition to the flight operations, the park today houses everything from offices, conferences and schools to manufacturing and light industry. The area also has a wide range of activities with a museum, golf course alongside the racing circuit.
From around 2007 onwards, the runways saw use for driver training purposes, operated by Micke Bern's MOM Events & Driver Coaching AB. This found success in providing courses for customers such as the Swedish Police and Haldex.
In 2016 the facility expanded into motorsport and trackday activities for the first time. Three courses were created from the network of runways and taxiways. New kerbing was placed at the corner apexes, while a pit lane was added at the northern end. The longest of the courses is 2.100km, while the shortest is just 1.40km.
Spectator facilities are fairly minimal, though a rudimentary viewing platform has been created alongside the pits, formed out of four old shipping containers with railings on top. Facilities for elsewhere on the site are top notch, with a restaurant and conference centre among the highlights.
The first motorsport weekend took place in September 2016, when the V8 Thunder Cars paid their first visit, supported by an impressive array of Legends racers. Memphis Racing's Andreas Wernesson took the V8 Thunder race one victory in a Chevrolet Camaro, leading every lap from a pole position start. The second race was more dramatic, with multiple cars crashing at the first turn and ending up in the gravel. Mattias Lindberg took an easy win, again from first place on the grid, emphasising the view that this is a circuit where track position is king.
In early 2021 it was announced that the premier Swedish Touring Car Championship would be arriving for the first time. As part of a re-jigged calendar to accommodate a later season start due to Covid-19 restriction, Ljungbyhed will host the TCR cars alongside a support schedule including Pro Superbikes, V8 Thunder Cars, Radical Cup Scandinavia, Formula Nordic and Legends.
Alongside racing, the circuit hosts a Radical Racing School, a VW Golf GTi driving course as well as its own drivers club.
Ljungbyhed Motorbana is located at Ljungbyhed in Skåne, Sweden. The circuit is located alongside the main airfield, though this caters for private aviation. The nearest international airport is Ängelholm–Helsingborg Airport, around 40 minutes drive north west from the circuit, though Malmö Airport is also an hour to the south.
The circuit is located within Ljungbyhed Park, which is itself on the edge of the town centre. Follow the signs from the main road and then the 'Motorbana' signs which direct you onto Thulinvägen. Keep following the road around until you reach the circuit.
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