Following a four-year build costing approximately €200m (U$217.6m), the Balaton Park circuit in Hungary has officially opened. The brand-new track covers 4.115km and features six righthand corners and 10 lefthand corners. At present, the track has applied for FIA Grade 2 status – despite being built to FIA Grade 1– which would enable it to host every type of race series or event apart from Formula 1.
The new racetrack is located 87km southwest of Budapest and adheres to FIM regulations. There are 48 garages at the circuit and seating for 10,000 fans, which can be increased to 120,000 through the use of temporary grandstands if required. During 2024, the circuit seeks to host an array of international motorsport events.
“Driving Balaton Park Circuit for the first time, I was impressed by its character,” said ex-Formula 1 driver Giancarlo Fisichella, who attended the opening. “The track really has it all – a thrilling blend of high-speed corners, challenging hairpins and cool chicanes. It’s a track that flows nicely, giving you a great racing feeling. The first corner and the end of the back straight are prime spots for overtakes. All in all, Balaton Park is a treat to drive.”
“The main phase of construction began four years ago and was executed with particular attention to safety, innovation and special care for the environment,” explained Gianpaolo Matteucci, board member of the Balaton Park Circuit. “As we are ready to host international motorsport events, Balaton Park Circuit has been built in accordance with the highest standards as required by FIA and FIM regulations.”
The first event to be held at the track will be a two-week driving program hosted by Porsche.