The town of Alcaniz, located in Spain’s north-west, has a rich history in motorsport, having staged its own Grand Prix on the demanding ‘Guadolope’ street circuit from 1965-2003.
It was therefore extremely fitting when, in 2009, MotorLand Aragón opened just 10km up the road to provide a high-technology permanent venue that would keep the sport in the region for many years to come.
A 5.3km ‘long’ circuit, which holds the top FIA and FIM licences to enable Formula 1 and MotoGP, has no less than 17 variants of different lengths, and can even be split into two circuits that can run events simultaneously without crossover.
In addition, a top-grade go-kart track, off-road circuit and futuristic technology park combine to make it a sensational facility that is also striving to be the most sustainable in the world through numerous innovative measures.
Its flagship event has been MotoGP’s Aragón Grand Prix, held every year since 2010, while World Superbikes, Formula Renault 3.5 and the WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup have also raced at the venue and the FIA CIK European Karting Championship has used the kart track.
In 2021 it hosts the third round of PURE ETCR, the world’s first all-electric multi-brand touring car series, seven months after it was used for the inaugural track test of the series’ revolutionary Starting Gate.
In doing so, it is furthering its efforts to become net carbon-neutral in the future. Already 27 per cent of the Aragón region’s primary energy comes from renewable sources, and many additional avenues of improving sustainability are currently being implemented.
Although the exact track configuration that will be used is still to be confirmed, a thrilling race weekend is guaranteed.
First race: 2009
Lap record: To be established