Chang International Circuit

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Chang International Circuit
Buriram International Circuit
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Location Buriram, Thailand
Time zone GMT +7
Coordinates 14°57′46″N 103°05′06″E / 14.962844°N 103.0849984°E / 14.962844; 103.0849984Coordinates: 14°57′46″N 103°05′06″E / 14.962844°N 103.0849984°E / 14.962844; 103.0849984
Capacity 50,000 (grandstand) + 50,000 (berm) = 100,000 total capacity[1]
FIA Grade FIA 1
FIM A
Broke ground 2 March 2013
Opened 4 October 2014
Architect Hermann Tilke
Major events FIM MotoGP
Super GT
SBK
WTCC
Current Circuit (2014–present)
Surface Asphalt
Length 4.554 km (2.830 mi)
Turns 12
Lap record 1:25.441 (23x15px Daiki Sasaki, Kondō Racing, 2014, Super GT)
Website {{#property:P856}}

The Chang International Circuit (ช้าง อินเตอร์เนชั่นแนล เซอร์กิต) (also known as Buriram International Circuit because of alcohol restrictions) is a motorsport race track in Buriram, Thailand. The circuit was opened in 2014. This is the first FIA Grade 1 and FIM Grade A circuit in Thailand. The track's primary corporate sponsor is Chang Beer, named the track as part of the sponsorship.

History

The Japanese Super GT has visited Buriram since 2014. Also, the TCR International Series, TCR Asia Series and GT Asia Series is scheduled to race at Burinam in October 2015, and the World Touring Car Championship in November 2015, and the Asian Le Mans Series in January 2016.

On March 22 2015, the first ever Thailand round of the World Superbike Championship was held at the circuit. Both of the Superbike races were won by UK rider Jonathan Rea and the World Supersport race was won by Thai rider Ratthapark Wilairot, much to the delight of the Thai spectators.[2]

On June 23 2015 it was announced that the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia series would be visiting the circuit for the seventh and eighth rounds of the one-make series.[3]

On March 12 2016, the second Thailand round of the World Superbike Championship was held. UK rider Jonathan Rea again won race 1, UK rider Tom Sykes won race 2. The World Supersport race was won by the French rider Jules Cluzel. [4]

On March 11 2017, the third Thailand round of the World SuperBike Championship took place. UK rider Jonathan Rea scored his hattrick of race 1 wins at the circuit and also won race 2. The World Supersport race was won by Italian rider Federico Caricasulo, local Thai rider Decha Kraisart came second. [5]

In September 2017, Dorna Sports confirmed that MotoGP will be held at Buriram International Circuit (Because of ThaiBev naming rights sponsorship being prohibited in some countries, Dorna is not permitted to use naming rights alcohol sponsorship on the circuit in official statements) starting with the 2018 season.[6]

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