Are you one of those people who thinks that Motorsport has nothing to do with you, that it belongs to another world?

Introduction to Motorsports

Let's start with the basics of racing.



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Where are motorsports events held?

■	Let’s try going to a race venue!

Motorsports happens at a variety of places, including circuits, gymkhana sites, kart courses, dirt trial courses etc.

Around the world, there are all kinds of places where races happen. In Japan too, events range from full scale to small, and are held at venues from recreational areas right up to huge, purpose-built amusement parks.

If there's a particular race you're interested in, purchasing a ticket and going to see it is a good idea. For big-name races, it is often necessary to purchase tickets in advance. There are also races where you can buy tickets on the day of the event from the circuit's ticket sales booth.

Here we will introduce several typical circuits.
*Gymkhana, Kart and Dirt Trial circuits will be explained in a special section on the next page entitled 'What are some types of 4-wheeled racing?'

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Japanese circuits
Fuji Speedway

Fuji Speedway
The circuit is located at the foot of Mount Fuji in Shizuoka prefecture, and plays host to the top international series, F1 (Formula One). The track also welcomes the top domestic racing series such as SUPER GT and Formula Nippon, in addition to a variety of other racing events.

As previously mentioned, it is not only the main track that is used for events. The Gymkhana Course, Short Circuit and Kart Course are all used. At the Kart Course, you can use rental karts, which are designed for anyone over 145cm in height, making it easy for you to enjoy motor sport.

Races held at Fuji Speedway:
SUPER GT Formula Challenge Japan
Suzuka Circuit

Suzuka Circuit
In the Mie prefecture city of Suzuka lies Suzuka Circuit, Japan's oldest international racetrack. It is an international-level circuit on par with Fuji Speedway. Other than the circuit itself, there is a recreational area, hotel, camping place, bowling alley and a practice range for golf, making it a very important resort facility. A major feature of the facility is that the whole family can enjoy different activities, including the amusement park, for a rewarding day that is not just about racing.

Races held at Suzuka Circuit:
SUPER GT Formula Challenge Japan
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The world's circuits
Nurburgring, Germany

Nurburgring, Germany
Located in Germany, it is a circuit with two tracks, the north course and Grand Prix course. The grand prix circuit hosts events including F1 (Formula One), the DTM and the like; while the full course, which combines the grand prix circuit with the twisty old course (Nordschleife) features a lap of over 25kms and is used for endurance events such as the Nurburgring 24 Hours Race and the like. In addition, the world's most prominent automakers use the circuit as a vehicle efficiency test bed for their most advanced products, sports cars. The Nissan GT-R also executed tests at this circuit, matching the times set by the world's best mass-produced automobiles.

Races held at the Nurburgring:
Nurburgring 24Hours Races
Circuit de la Sarthe, France

Circuit de la Sarthe, France
This circuit is known for the fact that it plays host to the Le Mans 24 Hours. Unlike regular circuits, this track combines public roads with a permanent racing facility. Famous for its long straights, it is also known for the maximum speeds racing cars can achieve, as high as 380km/h. At the time of the annual Le Mans 24 Hours, the entire town is dyed in racing colours.

Indianapolis Motor Speedway, USA

Indianapolis Motor Speedway, USA
In the American state of Indiana is a circuit that hosts quintessentially American racing, the Indy 500. This historic circuit was first opened in 1909, its elliptical oval layout defining American-style motorsports.


What are some types of 4-wheeled racing?

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