circuit of NavarraThe circuit of Navarra, located near the town of Los Arcos, is a multi-discipline sporting complex featuring a 2.4 mile road course, half-mile karting circuit, skid pan and off-road arena. Plans for the circuit in northern Spain were first announced in 2007 by the private Samaniego Group. Funding difficulties saw the Government of Navarra step in and become majority owner and construction work began in 2009 at a cost of €50 million.
Opening in 2010, the track has been designed and built to the highest standards, achieving FIA Grade T1 and Grade 2 licences – meaning it can host F1 tests and all race categories below F1 – and FIM Grade B standards, allowing World Superbikes and below. The main circuit has three configurations, two of which can be run simultaneously.
Spectator facilities are good, with plenty of good viewing spots outside of the main grandstand, while photographers will be delighted to find that they have several areas set aside specifically for them, meaning photo opportunities are much better than at many circuits.
Navarra has become a popular testing venue, thanks to its good weather and close proximity to the French border. It has also become a staple on the GT racing scene, hosting rounds of the FIA GT and Blancpain Series, as well as the French GT Tour and the Eurpean Truck Racing Series.
Navarra is located in northern Spain, close to the town of Los Arcos. The nearest international airport is actually located at Biarritz in France, about a 90 minute drive to the north, while Bilbao is a two hour drive north west. The smaller Pamplona Airport is five miles away, offering connecting flights to other destinations.
The circuit is easily reached by road, sitting alongisde the new A12 Highway between Pamplona and Logroño. Take exit 58 and follow directions for the circuit. Alternative routings may be advisable for race days - check with the circuit website for details.