Sunday, August 22, 2010

Serres Circuit

John Marine | 8/22/2010 10:43:00 PM |
(UPDATED: October 13, 2014)

Greece has only two known race tracks. One of them is the Serres Circuit in northern Greece. It is located in only a few miles away from the southwestern border of Bulgaria. It is located about 50 miles northeast of Thessaloniki, Greece. There are some race series that use this track, such as the Greek Formula 3 championship and certain motorcycle racing series. This track is over 1.980 miles (3.186 km) in length and features 16 corners. Since nobody really knows anything about this course, I'll try to bring this track some exposure in this blog entry.


LATEST UPDATE(S)/REVISION(S)

OCT 13 2014 - updated entire look of post, added current material





--- Serres Circuit ---

Here is a look at the track I'll try to discuss in one lap:
Serres Circuit
^ from: www.fastestlaps.com - Serres Racing Circuit and its 1.98-mile layout.

Serres Racing Circuit seems quite flat with not much variation in elevation changes. The track itself may not look anything like a state-of-the-art racing facility, but its challenge is definitely there.


One-Lap Description.

(Because no one really knows about this course or has any great details on it, this one is going to be difficult.)

Two rights await you after blasting down the front straight. The first two turns could be treated more like a sweeping right-hander. Both corners come in at moderate speeds, but the first one is sharper than the other. A brief straight follows leading into a somewhat sharp left-hand corner and a smoother left follows after that. The second corner has a little hint of banking. Another brief straight follows and leads into a moderate hairpin. After that, a low-speed left-right chicane follows, and then a sharp left. You're at full throttle for a spell until a left-hand kink followed by a fairly sharp left-hander after that. Gather up speed out of that corner before heading into two sharp rights. The rest of the track sweeps and weaves. After gathering some speed out of the two right-handers, a very long sweeping right is ahead. After this long sweeper is a smooth left-right chicane. The final corner is merely a right-hand kink that takes you onto the front stretch and to the Start/Finish line.

Here is a video lap around Serres. I must warn you that the volume is very low. The lap starts at the 0:12 and ends at the 1:47 lap (total lap time: 1:34.8):



Lap Times Around Serres.

Here is a look at how lap times fare around Serres Racing Circuit. These are all production cars, because I couldn't find any race car laps around this course (or even any motorcycle laps).

(lap times courtesy of fastestlaps.com)
Car (date) Lap Time
1999 Fiat Punto HGT 1:47.2
2008 Ford Mustang 1:45.2
1997 Alfa Romeo 156 2.0 TS 1:43.3
2003 SEAT Leon Cupra R 1:39.35
2007 Opel GT 1:37.35
2005 Porsche Cayman S 1:35.25
2007 BMW M3 (E92 Model) 1:33.05
2006 Porsche 997 Turbo 1:32.35 (wet)
2006 Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano 1:32.25 (wet)
2006 Audi R8 (road car) 1:30.95 (wet)
2005 Ferrari F430 1:30.80!

! = fastest time posted on fastestlaps.com





I hope this helps to provide a little exposure to this course. For more details on this course, visit the site below in two different languages. Thanks for reading!

Serres Circuit (English)
Serres Circuit (Greek)

This track now can be raced in rFactor! To download Serres Circuit for rFactor, visit Serres Racing Circuit on rfactorcentral.com! Thank you for reading!

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