POR - PORTUGAL
VILA REAL
Not to be confused with Vila Real (kart)
Description Street track, used from 1931 to 1974 and from 1979 to 1989. Original track was from Avenida Almeida Lucena, Entroncamento da Timpeira, Mateus, Estação de Caminho-de-Ferro, Ponte, Rua Miguel Bombarda, Rua Cândido Reis e travessa Cândido Reis, and back to Avenida Almeida Lucena. Due to works to Ponte (bridge) Metálica, in 1950 track was changed, using Ponte (bridge) S.ta Margarida and travessia do Rio Corgo. After Avenida Marginal construction, bend after the bridge was changed a little. After chicanes were added on Araucaria straight and before Ponte Metálica. In 1980s the part from start line to Timpeira was abandoned and new start line was in Abambres (aproximated map)
Location Vila Real - Vila Real - Portugal continental
Location  
Latitude - Longitude + 41°18'07"     - 7°43'46"
41.301944     -7.729444
UTM Coordinates X = 606367.715  -  Y = 4573055.078  -  Zone 29T
Aerial photo / Map (*) Aerial photo / Map (*) OpenStreetMap  -   Aerial photo / Map (*) Google Maps  -   Aerial photo / Map (*) Bing Maps  -   Aerial photo / Map (*) Flash Earth  -   Aerial photo / Map (*) Wikimapia
Altitude AMSL 440 m - 1444 ft
Inauguration June 15th 1931
Closing 1989
Designer  
Sources and links (Translation) (**)
(1) English mail, note Mail from Vasco dated October 29th 2008
(2) English forums.autosport.com (...)Autosport.com Bulletin Board --> The Nostalgia Forum --> Vila Real
(3) Portuguese scgt.com.sapo.pt/VR_73.htm1973 race
(4) Portuguese scgt.com.sapo.pt/VR_Ferrari_1950.htm
(5) Portuguese www.cavr.pt/local_das_provas.htm
(6) Portuguese www.cm-vilareal.pt/mapa_turismo.htmlCity map
(7) Portuguese www.eb23-diogo-cao.rcts.pt/Trabalhos/9ano/corridas/circuito.htmHostory and description
(8) Portuguese www.geocities.com/portugalracers/VReal.html
(9) English www.milermeter.com/?r=1408025Track layout
(10) English www.milermeter.com/?r=1408027Track layout
(11) English www.milermeter.com/?r=2365206Track layout
(12) English www.milermeter.com/?r=2365232Track layout
(13) Portuguese www.utad.pt/servicos/sasutad/mapa_da_cidade.htmCity map
(14) Italian Autosprint 21/1969 (page 21)Map and main data
(15) Portuguese História Automobilismo Português /2004 (page 58)Author: José Barros Rodrigues - Published by: ACP - year: 2004 - ISBN: 972-8868-00-6
1930s map
(16) Portuguese História Automobilismo Português /2004 (page 83)Author: José Barros Rodrigues - Published by: ACP - year: 2004 - ISBN: 972-8868-00-6
Description
(17) Portuguese O Volante 72/19731931-1972 Results in brief , 1973 info and track map (Suplemento O Volante) [Publishing date: June 27th 1973]

(*) NOTE: a complete and detailed view of the circuit can be found (if available) on Street View by Google Maps and/or Bird's Eye and 3D views by Bing Maps for Enterprise (former Microsoft Virtual Earth): both can be reached using their own link in Aerial photo / Map cell.

(**) For on-line not-English speaking sources, click on each small flag and you open the corresponding Google Translator page with automatic translation.

Vila Real
Description The circuit was not completely asphalted
Years 1931÷1932
Direction Clockwise   Clockwise
Progetto Proposal NO
No longer operational YES
Car Circuit YES
Motorbike circuit  
Type Street course
Inauguration June 15th 1931
Closing June 19th 1932
Last update of this page November 9th 2008
Info last update  
Designer  
Distinctive points  
length 7150  m 23458  ft 4.443  mi   (17)

Vila Real
Description The circuit was completely asphalted only in 1936
Years 1933÷1949, 1951÷1952
Direction Clockwise   Clockwise
Progetto Proposal NO
No longer operational YES
Car Circuit YES
Motorbike circuit  
Type Street course
Inauguration June 18th 1933
Closing July 6th 1952
Last update of this page November 9th 2008
Info last update  
Designer  
Distinctive points Avenida Aureliano Barriagas - Praça 25 de Abril - Rua dos Fundadores do Circuito de Vila Real - Entroncamento da Timpaira - Rua de Jaime Campos - Rua Sameiro Gasper - Rua Gaspar Sameiro - Largo da Dorda - Mateus - Rua da Ns. dos Prazeres - Rua Vasco Sameiro / Rua da Araucaria - Rua Visc. de Carnaxide - Avenida da Universidade - Rua Dr. Augusto - Rua da Miguel Bombarda - Ponte Metálica - Rua Cândido dos Reis - Travessa Cândido Reis - Rua da Boavista - Avenida Almeida Lucena
length 7200  m 23622  ft 4.474  mi   (17)
length 7027  m 23056  ft 4.367  mi Calculated from aerial photo (*) (12)

Vila Real
Description  
Years 1950
Direction Clockwise   Clockwise
Progetto Proposal NO
No longer operational YES
Car Circuit YES
Motorbike circuit  
Type Street course
Inauguration June 25th 1950
Closing June 25th 1950
Last update of this page November 9th 2008
Info last update  
Designer  
Distinctive points Avenida Aureliano Barriagas - Praça 25 de Abril - Rua dos Fundadores do Circuito de Vila Real - Entroncamento da Timpaira - Rua de Jaime Campos - Rua Sameiro Gasper - Rua Gaspar Sameiro - Largo da Dorda - Mateus - Rua da Ns. dos Prazeres - Rua Vasco Sameiro / Rua da Araucaria - Rua Visc. de Carnaxide - Avenida da Universidade - Rua Dr. Augusto - Rua da Guia - Ponte de Santa Margarida - Rua Srg. Pelotas - Rua de Santa Marta - Rua da Miguel Bombarda - Rua Cândido dos Reis - Travessa Cândido Reis - Rua da Boavista - Avenida Almeida Lucena
length 7370  m 24180  ft 4.58  mi   (4)
length 7250  m 23785  ft 4.505  mi Calculated from aerial photo (*) (10)

Vila Real
Description Not all sources agree about last year in which this track layout was used: it could have been 1988, 1989 or 1991.
Years 1958, 1966÷1973, 1979÷1991?
Direction Clockwise   Clockwise
Progetto Proposal NO
No longer operational YES
Car Circuit YES
Motorbike circuit  
Type Street course
Inauguration July 13th 1958
Closing 1991
Last update of this page November 9th 2008
Info last update  
Designer  
Distinctive points Avenida Aureliano Barriagas - Praça 25 de Abril - Rua dos Fundadores do Circuito de Vila Real - Entroncamento da Timpaira - Rua de Jaime Campos - Rua Sameiro Gasper - Rua Gaspar Sameiro - Largo da Dorda - Mateus - Rua da Ns. dos Prazeres - Rua Vasco Sameiro / Rua da Araucaria - Rua Visc. de Carnaxide - Avenida da Universidade - Rua Dr. Augusto - Rua da Miguel Bombarda - Ponte Metálica - Avenida Primeiro de Maio
length 6925  m 22720  ft 4.303  mi   (17)
length 6907  m 22662  ft 4.292  mi Calculated from aerial photo (*) (9)

Vila Real
Description Exact years in which this track layout was used are to be verified
Years 1992÷1997, 2007÷...
Direction Clockwise   Clockwise
Progetto Proposal NO
No longer operational  
Car Circuit YES
Motorbike circuit  
Type Street course
Inauguration 1992
Closing  
Last update of this page November 9th 2008
Info last update  
Designer  
Distinctive points Avenida da Europa - Avenida da Osnabruck - Rua Sameiro Gasper - Rua Gaspar Sameiro - Largo da Dorda - Mateus - Rua da Ns. dos Prazeres - Rua Vasco Sameiro / Rua da Araucaria - Rua Visc. de Carnaxide
length 4600  m 15092  ft 2.858  mi   (5)
length 4750  m 15584  ft 2.952  mi   (1)
length 4180  m 13714  ft 2.597  mi to be verified  
length 4736  m 15539  ft 2.943  mi Calculated from aerial photo (*) (11)
Width 11  m 36  ft      (5)
Difference in level 50  m 164  ft      (5)
Straight length 400  m 1312  ft 0.249  mi Longest straight (5)

Vila Real

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Vila Real 1933÷1949, 1951÷1952

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Vila Real 1958÷1991

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PHOTOS

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Stone bridge (Ponte de S.ta Margarida) used in 1950 because the usual iron one (Ponte Metálica) was under enlargingStone bridge (Ponte de S.ta Margarida) used in 1950 because the usual iron one (Ponte Metálica) was under enlarging  


Updates
Date Track layout Years Description by Map by Thanks to Note
November 9th 2008     Guido de Carli Vasco Vasco Update Description
November 3rd 2008     Guido de Carli Vasco Vasco Update Description with map
July 13th 2005     Guido de Carli     Update Description
October 9th 2004     Guido de Carli     Update Description
January 29th 2003     Guido de Carli Guido de Carli   New Description with map
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