Hanoi Street Circuit, Vietnam, 2020

Vietnam’s abandoned F1 circuit finally hosts first racing action RaceFans

Contents: The Hanoi Street Circuit, which was built to host the 2020 Vietnam Grand Prix before the event was canceled, finally hosted its first races yesterday

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Vietnam’s abandoned F1 circuit hosts first racing action

The Hanoi circuit was supposed to be a 5.6 kilometer circuit through a mixture of city streets and a permanent sequence of corners in the final sector. However, the inaugural race in 2020 was canceled due to the pandemic and then unable to return to the schedule following a series of issues, including the arrest of Hanoi People’s Committee Chairman Duc Chung, who was closely involved in the running of the race.

Construction of the permanent section of track has been completed but has remained unused. That is until Honda Vietnam held its Honda Thanks Day New Year celebration event at the venue yesterday. A series of motorcycle races were held around an abbreviated version of the circuit, with the first corner intersecting the S-turns in what would have been the third sector of the grand prix circuit.

Ekstrom ahead of Loeb at the start of the Dakar Rally

Former DTM champion Mattias Ekstrom will have first choice of his starting position for the opening main stage of the 2023 Dakar Rally after setting the fastest time in the car class during the prologue stage in Saudi Arabia yesterday .

Ekstrom was fastest in the 13km prologue, a second quicker than nine-time world rally champion Sebastien Loeb. Defending World Rally Raid champion and 2022 Dakar winner Nasser Al-Attiyah finished fourth, with Carlos Sainz Snr taking sixth on the stage.

The first real stage will take place today with a 367 km loop that passes through the city of Yanbu.

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