Speeding in the Algarve – Autódromo Internacional

If you want an adrenaline rush and some noise, then look no further than the Autódromo Internacional, located about 20 minutes drive east from Lagos. This is both a racing track hosting international world class events and a Karting centre for affordable family fun. The Autódromo Internacional do Algarve opened in late 2008. It is fully approved for all forms of two and four wheel motorsports up to and including Formula One. The inaugural event was the final round of World Superbikes. Since then the circuit has hosted a wide range of national and international events:- the FIA GT, Le Mans Series, GP2, World Touring Cars, Formula Two, Formula Three, and local championships.

In late October 2009 the circuit held its first Historic Festival, featuring race cars of all shapes and sizes from pre war right up to the 1980´s. Sir Stirling Moss raced in the first festival and this now annual event is not to be missed.

Unlike many other modern circuits the layout has many twists and turns which undulate up and down over the local landscape and represents one of the best challenges of any circuit for professional drivers. The circuit facility also includes the largest kart track in Europe. Challenging for drivers, the Kartódromo Internacional do Algarve is open most days for the hire of karts or to bring your own kart. You can get an excellent quality CD of photographs taken by the centres professional, after your drive.

There is also an off road course for 4×4 and rally cars. For more information see www.autodromodoalgarve.com.

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