Suzuka Circuit

Suzuka

Suzuka Circuit

Circuit Details

Location:
Suzuka
Type: 
Race
Turns: 
17
Direction: 
Clockwise
Capacity: 
100,000
Established: 
1 January, 1962 (All day)
Designer: 
John Hugenholtz

Suzuka History
 

Designed as a Honda test track in 1962 by Dutchman John "Hans" Hugenholtz, Suzuka is one of few circuits in the world to have a "figure 8" layout, with the back straight passing over the front section by means of an overpass.

The circuit has been modified three times:
In 1983 a chicane was put at the last curve to slow the cars into the pit straight and the Degner curve was made into two corners instead of one long curve; the circuit was also made considerably safer in 1983 by adding more crash barriers, more run-off areas and removing straw bales leading into vegetation; In 2002, the chicane was slightly modified, 130R (marked as 15 on the diagram) was also modified and some of the Snake curves were made a bit straighter and faster; In 2003, the chicane was made slightly faster and closer to the 130R.

The circuit can be used in three configurations; the full circuit, the "Suzuka East" and "Suzuka West" configuration. The "East" portion of the course consists of the pit straight to the first half of the Dunlop curve (turn 7), before leading back to the pit straight via a tight right-hander. The "West" course is made up of the other part of the full circuit, including the crossover bridge.

The Degner-curve was named in honour of Ernst Degner.


Source: Wikipedia