Moscow Raceway is an FIA-approved motor racing venue, which is situated in the Volokolamsky District of Moscow Oblast, near the villages of Sheludkovo and Fedyukovo, 97 kilometres (60 mi) from Moscow, Russia. It opened on 13 July 2012 for its first event as the fifth round of the World Series by Renault becoming the first major international motor-sport race track event in Russia.
Moscow Raceway was designed to be categorized FIA 1T and FIM A, which would allow motorsport competition at any level, from national championships in auto and motorcycle racing, to Formula 1 and MotoGP.The total designed track length is 4,070 metres (2.53 mi), with widths of between 12 metres (39 ft) and 21 metres (69 ft). The start/finish line has a width of 15 metres (49 ft) at an elevation of 22 metres (72 ft). The longest straight of 873 metres (2,864 ft) is designed to allow Formula 1 cars to reach a speed of 311 kilometres per hour (193 mph).The circuit was finally classified as a FIM B grade course following inspections on 18 July 2012, one grade down from what was expected.
The first events held at the circuit were part of the World Series by Renault from 13 July to 15 July 2012, where it also became the first international motor-sport event in Russian history.The first race itself was the 5th round of the Formula Renault 3.5 series, which was won by Dutchman Robin Frijns.The first Russian to win a race there soon followed with Daniil Kvyat winning both races of the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 series round in a row.A total of 9 Russian drivers were at the event including former 3.5 series Champion Mikhail Aleshin; many taking over other drivers for just this event.
Subject to certification by the FIA, the track is scheduled in 2012 to host:
Superbike World Championship: 25–26 August
FIA GT1 World Championship: 29–30 September
FIA GT3 European Championship: 16 September
Russian Touring Car Championship: 14–16 September
Russian Superbike Championship: 1–2 September
World Series by Renault
FIA GT1 World Championship
FIA GT3 European Championship
Grand Prix Circuit layout (2012)
Length: 3.955 km (2.46 mi)
Lap Record: 1:24.831 (Arthur Pic, DAMS, 2012, Formula Renault 3.5 Series)