RSA - SOUTH AFRICA
WELKOM, GOLDFIELDS & PHAKISA FREEWAY
Description In September 1998 works begun for transforming the old Goldfields Grand Prix Circuit in the new Phakisa Freeway. First race on the new circuit eas on May 1999, while first international one was South Africa GP for Motorcycle World Championship, on October 10th 1999.
Location Welkom - Free State
Location 3 km - 2 mi from Welkom, approx 240 km - 150 mi South West of Johannesburg, in central South Africa
Latitude - Longitude - 27°54'13"     + 26°42'47"
-27.903611     26.713056
UTM Coordinates X = 471761.81  -  Y = 6913441.966  -  Zone 35J
Aerial photo / Map (*) Aerial photo / Map (*) Google Maps  -   Aerial photo / Map (*) Bing Maps  -   Aerial photo / Map (*) Flash Earth
Altitude AMSL 1350 m - 4429 ft
Inauguration  
Closing  
Designer  
Sources and links (Translation) (**)
(1) Italian (page 210)Author: Tommaso Tommasi - Published by: Arnoldo Mondadori Editore - Published in: Italia - year: 1973
(2) English ForumForum --> Africa --> African Countries --> RSA - Videos from Youtube [ENG]
(3) English ForumForum --> Africa --> African Countries --> RSA - Welkom [ENG]
(4) English www.phakisa.com/CircuitMap.htm
(5) English www.phakisa.com/GeneralInformation.htm
(6) English www.polo.co.za/circuits.html
(7) English www.racingcircuits.netMotor Racing Circuits Database
(8) English www.silhouet.com/motorsport/tracks/goldfiel.htmlThe GEL Motorsport - Tracks Around The World
(9) English www.silhouet.com/motorsport/tracks/phakisa.htmlThe GEL Motorsport - Tracks Around The World

(*) 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.

Goldfields Grand Prix Circuit
Description  
Years  
Direction Clockwise   Clockwise
Progetto Proposal NO
No longer operational YES
Car Circuit YES
Motorbike circuit  
Type Permanent
Inauguration  
Closing  
Last update of this page July 12th 2003
Info last update  
Designer  
Distinctive points Bankfin Esses - Sabat Sweep - Viana Straight - Castrol Corner - Continental Corner - Marlin
length 4168  m 13675  ft 2.59  mi   (8)
Width 10  m 33  ft      (1)

Phakisa Freeway - The Formula 1 track
Description  
Years  
Direction Clockwise   Clockwise
Progetto Proposal NO
No longer operational  
Car Circuit  
Motorbike circuit YES
Type Permanent
Inauguration May 1999
Closing  
Last update of this page December 20th 2007
Info last update  
Designer  
Distinctive points Start/Finish Straight - Dunlop - The Boot - Castle - Uncini 1 - Uncini 2 - Back Straight - Giel’s Kop
length 4242  m 13917  ft 2.636  mi Long circuit (4)
length (approx) 2420  m 7940  ft 1.504  mi Short circuit (5)
length 3199  m 10495  ft 1.988  mi Short circuit (7)
Width 12  m 39  ft      (5)
Width 4242  m 13917  ft 2.636  mi Long circuit (5)
Difference in level 6.3  m 21  ft    Long circuit (5)
Straight length 412.185  m 1352  ft 0.256  mi Longest straight (5)
Straight length 36  m 118  ft    Shortest straight (5)
Bend minimum radius 40  m 131  ft    Longest straight (5)

Phakisa Freeway - The Super Speedway Oval
Description  
Years  
Direction Clockwise   Clockwise
Progetto Proposal NO
No longer operational  
Car Circuit  
Motorbike circuit  
Type Oval course
Inauguration  
Closing  
Last update of this page December 27th 2006
Info last update  
Designer  
Distinctive points  
length 2414  m 7920  ft 1.5  mi   (5)
Max. banking (bends) 12  ° 21.3  %        (7)
Banking 9  ° 15.8  %      Start finish straight (7)
Banking 3  ° 5.2  %      Opposite straight (7)

Phakisa Freeway - “Up and Down” circuit
Description Mixed course that comprise parts of The Formula 1 track and some parts of The Super Speedway Oval.
Years  
Direction  
Progetto Proposal NO
No longer operational  
Car Circuit  
Motorbike circuit  
Type Permanent
Inauguration  
Closing  
Last update of this page July 14th 2009
Info last update  
Designer  
Distinctive points  
length 2400  m 7874  ft 1.491  mi   (5)

Goldfields Grand Prix Circuit

Goldfields Grand Prix Circuit



Updates
Date Track layout Years Description by Map by Thanks to Note
September 14th 2013 Phakisa Freeway - The Formula 1 track   Guido de Carli   Yves-Henri Randier Update Description
September 21st 2005 Phakisa Freeway - The Formula 1 track   Guido de Carli     Update Description
February 25th 2004 Goldfields Grand Prix Circuit   Guido de Carli Guido de Carli   Update Description with map
July 12th 2003 Goldfields Grand Prix Circuit   Guido de Carli     Update Description
March 26th 2003     Guido de Carli   Quintin03 New Description
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