Coventry’s notorious ring road will be transformed into a unique race course this weekend as Coventry MotoFest 2015 gets underway.
A section of the ring road between junction 4 and junction 7 will be closed on Saturday 30 May to create a 1.5-mile racetrack, on which organisers will run a remarkable selection of demonstrations including a top-spec BTCC touring car!
Darren Langeveld, MotoFest Race Director said the sprint course “will provide one of the most distinctive and one-off race circuits you will see this year.
“It will provide the drivers taking part with a unique opportunity to run their cars in a urban setting and all those we have spoken to are really looking forward to it.
“For those attending MotoFest it represents a fantastic opportunity to see some world class race cars away from the traditional circuits and get close-up to the action.”
Coventry MotoFest 2015 ring road sprint course: in detail
The 1.5-mile long course begins just before the slip road at junction 6; setting off in a new Friargate tunnel, there are several chicanes along the way before the course dips beneath junction 5.
The course runs eastbound to junction 4, before again dipping under the ring road, looping round and returning back. The finish line is just before the Friargate tunnel at junction 6.
Coventry city engineers have created a brand new race paddock at junction 8 (there’s a turn around area in the central reservation!) and the entire course is lined with a series of crash barriers. Fully marshalled, there are defined spectator zones along the way (indicated by blue markings in the diagram above).
Bold plans to hold official time trial races on the sprint course have been shelved for 2015 though, after legislation from the Department for Transport failed to come through in time.
The Coventry MotoFest 2015 ring road sprint circuit will be live between 8am and 5pm on Saturday 30 May: check the MotoFest website, Facebook page and Twitter feed for updates on what’s running and when.