Race of Thailand - 31-01/11/2015
The modern, 12-turn Chang International Circuit is one of five new venues on the WTCC calendar for 2015. It is also the first time that the WTCC has ever visited Thailand. Buriram, which translates as City of Happiness in Thai, is 410 kilometres northeast of the capital Bangkok. The track itself is a 4.554-kilometre permanent road course and its name comes from a sponsorship agreement with a Thai brewery. It has been built to FIA and FIM standards in the hope of one day hosting Formula One and MotoGP racing. The circuit complex also houses a retail park and football stadium.
1: Construction of the £38 million Chang circuit began in March 2013. Local politician and former cabinet minister Newin Chidchob, who also owns the local football club, masterminded the project.
2: The floodlit track was built with the brief that as much of it as possible should be viewable from the main 50,000-seat grandstand. As a result the pit garages are, rather unusually, located under the grandstand.
3: The first races held at Buriram were on 4-5 October last year when it hosted the Japanese Super GT Series. A 130,000-strong crowd saw Kazuki Nakajima and James Rossiter win the GT500 class in Petronas Tom’s RC F.
4: Thailand has 1,430 islands, with Koh Phi Phi Lee among the most famous. It featured in British director Danny Boyle’s 2000 filmThe Beach, starring Leonardo DiCaprio.
5: The capital Bangkok was once crisscrossed by dozens of canals or “khlongs” and its buildings stood on stilts, earning it the nickname Venice of the East. Most have now been filled in.Official Website
Lap distance: 4.554km
Race distance: 2 x 14 laps
Qualifying: To be established
Race: To be established