The Hockenheimring Baden-Württemberg
is an automobile racing
track situated near the town of Hockenheim
, located on Bertha Benz Memorial Route
. Amongst other motor racing events, it bi-annually holds the Formula One German Grand Prix
. Situated in the Rhine
valley, the circuit is almost completely flat, with very little change in elevation.
1930s - 1960s
Hockenheimring was originally built in 1932 using roads in the forest as an alternative to the Wildpark-Circuit in Karlsruhe, which became forbidden as a racing circuit by German officials. Hockenheimring was used for motorcycle racing and was expanded to be used as test track for Mercedes-Benz
and Auto Union
in 1936. In 1938 it was renamed the Kurpfalzring
and that name was used until 1947. After the war, former DKW and NSU factory rider and world record setter Wilhelm Herz
promoted the track successfully. Grand Prix motorcycle racing
events were held, with the German motorcycle Grand Prix
alternating between Hockenheim and other tracks.
The original circuit was almost eight kilometres long and consisted of two long straights with a long "Eastern" corner in the forest and a U-turn inside Hockenheim joining them together.
1960s - 2001
In 1965, when the new Autobahn A 6
separated the village from the main part of the track, a new version of Hockenheim circuit was built, with the "Motodrom" stadium section. After Jim Clark
was killed in 1968 in a Formula 2
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