auto24ring is the only road racing circuit exclusively used for car and motorcycle racing in Estonia. The complex was reconstructed in 2012 and now competitions can be held on four different race tracks, in terms of length and shape of the track, the longest of which is 3.2 kilometres. auto24ring is the only racing circuit in the Baltics that have FIA Grade 4 licence.
For very long time, this race circuit was the only road racing circuit in former Soviet Union. Since autumn 2012 auto24ring is the only road racing circuit in Estonia that is fully renovated and meets FIA Grade 3 requirements. It is also one of the newest racing complexes in the entire Northern Europe. In total 4.8 million Euros were invested to the asphalt surface and renewed configuration.
auto24ring has a meandering layout through the curves and straights in total track length of 3.2 kilometres, providing an excellent and safe driving experience for both professionals and beginners. Many of the clients have said that this is the best race circuit in Nordic that’s why we dare to call us in our slogan as “Probably the best race track in Nordic.”
Estonia enjoys a long tradition of motor sports. The first competitions were held here in the 1930s, but it wasn’t until the late 1950s that the sport gained true popularity, when the first ‘Estonia’ Formula One cars were produced in Tallinn. Serial production was launched a couple of years later, and for the next three decades motor sport was kept alive in the Soviet Union – which at the time covered one-sixth of the entire planet – solely by the ‘Estonia’ cars. As a result, not surprisingly, the majority of leading drivers were Estonian. More than 1300 of the ‘Estonia’ Formula One cars were constructed by Tark (later Kavor), which was one of the most prolific producers of the vehicles of all time.
In contrast to the Soviet era, when drivers stood no chance of ever breaking through the Iron Curtain, today a number of Estonians are on the verge of F1 success. In 2003, Marko Asmer became the first Estonian to test a Williams F1 vehicle, while in 2007 he was crowned the British F3 champion, spending the next two years as the test driver for the BMW Sauber F1 team. Leading the way among the younger generation of drivers is Kevin Korjus, who won the F3 Renault Euro Series in 2010 and who this year, at the age of just 18, has become a Renault F1 test driver.
auto24ring is just off the Pärnu-Lihula road in Audru municipality, not far from Pärnu itself. (Its geographical coordinates are 58°24’22” N, 24°27’8” E.) The circuit is easily accessed from any of three directions, and the completion of the northern section of the Pärnu ring road will improve access even further. Pärnu Airport is located right next to the circuit.
The following are the distances between auto24ring and some local and neighbouring towns and cities:
Pärnu 8 km
Paldiski 127 km
Tallinn 128 km
Riga (Latvia) 188 km
Helsinki (Finland) 213 km (including the 82 km ferry crossing)
Narva 305 km
Pärnu, the city not far from which auto24ring is situated, is the fourth biggest in Estonia, with a population of 43,000. It is the country’s most prominent beach resort. The Via Baltica – the highway running from Tallinn to Warsaw in Poland – passes through the city, which also has its own port and airport. It is a tourist magnet in the warmer months and is officially awarded the title of Estonia’s summer capital every year during Midsummer celebrations.
There are a lot of hotels, spas, sanatoriums, cafés, restaurants and entertainment venues in the city, which also hosts a large number of cultural and sports events. Its biggest drawcard, however, is its white, sandy beach, which the British newspaper The Independent named as one of the 50 best beaches in Europe in 2011. Great beaches can also be found north of the city (at Valgerand) and to its south (Uulu and Kabli).
There are other popular tourist sites close to Pärnu, too. The island of Kihnu, which boasts a unique local culture, is situated in Pärnu Bay, while inland you will find Soomaa National Park.
Estonia is in Northern Europe, bordering the Baltic Sea – and by extension Finland and Sweden – to the north and west and Latvia and Russia to the south and east. Its capital, Tallinn (population: 400,000) has a large passenger port and receives many tourists thanks to its well-preserved medieval Old Town. There are regular ferry connections with Helsinki and Stockholm, and in summer also with Rostock in Germany. Tallinn is of course also home to the country’s biggest international airport. Another major Estonian port is Paldiski, which offers regular ferry connections with Kappelskär in Sweden. The Latvian capital Riga is only a few hours away, too, with its own international airport and port (with ferry connections to Stockholm).
Estonia is a Member State of the European Union and forms part of the Schengen zone. Its currency is the euro.