Circuit type: Temporary airfield course
A new race created by organisers of the Swedish Touring Car Championship, the circuit at Skövde Airport incorporates a 1.333 mile (2.146km) course for the popular touring cars, as well as a rallycross track on the infield.
Skövde is located in a region - Skaraborg - with a big motor sport and technology interests. Volvo, which is the event's main sponsor, builds engines in the town for both industrial (diesel) and car (petrol) use, in what is one of the world's largest automotive foundries.
The race first emerged in 2015, with the event conducted in cooperation with the Municipality of Skövde, Sports & Events and STCC using the same temporary track technology employed previously at the Solvalla and Östersund races. The track itself makes use of the airports main runway and several of the taxi ways, with pits and paddock laid out in front of the small terminal building and airport control tower.
The first event - the 2015 season opener - was dominated by the Volvo of Thed Björk, who won pole and took both victories setting fastest lap along the way. Behind him it was a case of bump and barge, with numerous collisions, particularly at the hairpin, making for an expensive weekend for some teams.
The race returns as the season opener in 2016, though with Thed Björk now racing in the WTCC, there is a chance for someone else to add their name to winner's list.
The Skövde circuit is located at the municipal airport in the town Skövde in south central Sweden. As the circuit incorporates the only runway at the airfield, the nearest airport is at Jönköping Airport, around 100kms south or a 1h 15 mins drive. For international flights, Göteborg Landvetter Airport is closest, around a two hour drive to the south west.
By road, head out of Skövde north on Route 200 and follow signs to the airport (Skövde flygplats). From the centre Skövde the journey should take around 15-20 minutes.
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