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Guadix

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  • Main circuit

    1.864 miles / 3.000km

  • Main circuit reverse

    1.864 miles / 3.000km

  • Alternative circuit

    1.864 miles / 3.000km

  • Alternative circuit reverse

    1.864 miles / 3.000km

Circuit Info

Address: Circuito Mike G Guadix, 18870 Gor, Granada, Spain

PH: +34 660 32 90 70

Circuit type: Permanent road course

Website: http://www.circuitodeguadix.com

Circuit History

Circuito Guadix, nestling in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada near Granada, Spain, is a something of a hidden delight to all bar locals and the motorsport industry. Primarily a test track, it has become a popular and challenging test facility for numerous teams, particularly those involved in bike racing.

The circuit opened in 2002 under the helm of the Arroyo brothers. The inaugural event was the Andalucian Speed Championship on June 3, 2002, with British Superbike ace Niall MacKenzie guest of honour at the event. From the outset its advantages for testing were clear; the warm climate and privacy of the circuit were big positives, as were the lack of noise restrictions, which even allowed unlimited 24 hour running.

Within a few years a new section of track was added at the beginning of the circuit to provide an alternative route, expanding the usefulness of the track. Arguably the track did not really hit its stride until 2006, when the Arroyos and other investors were bought out by British amateur racer and motor trader Clive Greenhalgh. Under Clive's helm the track has gone from strength to strength, with track bookings exceeding 200 days a year, mostly from professional teams testing during the week and car or motorcycle clients track days at weekends. Nissan, Aston Martin and Peugeot have all used the track for Le Mans night simulation running.

In 2008 the circuit was redesigned and resurfaced, using special medium abrasion tarmac and the latest laser controlled tarmac laying equipment. Crushed stone had to be imported for the track surface, as the local flint was too abrasive and caused difficulties for engineers searching for setups that would work well elsewhere. Then in 2011, further safety upgrades were carried out to allow the certification of the circuit to be run in either direction, thereby adding a further two layout variants.

Guadix holds an interesting footnote in history as the venue for Lewis Hamilton's first ever run in a Formula Renault race car as he evaluated the move up from karting. Other world champions to have lapped the track include Alain Prost, while testing a Renault Clio RS Turbo, and Michael Schumacher who was privately testing his Honda superbike in 2013. The outright lap record is held by Leon Haslam on a Honda World Superbike at 1m 12.4s.

Clive had originally intended to hand over the reigns to his son, sometime GT racer Mike, who was also an instructor at the circuit. Sadly, Mike died in a house fire in 2011 and the circuit is now known officially as the 'Circuito Mike G Guadix' in his memory. As Clive entertains thoughts of retirement the circuit is now for sale as a going concern. With business continuing to be brisk, it would appear to be a very good investment opportunity indeed.

Getting There

The Guadix circuit is located a few miles north of Guadix, near Granada in southern Spain. The nearest airport is Granada's Federico García Lorca Granada-Jaén Airport, an hour's drive west, while the other Costa del Sol airports of Almeria and Malaga are all within easy driving distance.

The circuit itself is located close to the A-92N highway. From Granada head along the A92 towards Guadix, where the road splits – take the A92-N towards Murcia. Leave the road at exit 11 (Alicun Ortega) and travel north for a short distance and the access road to the circuit is signposted on the left. From Murcia, take the A92-N south and leave at exit 11 – this is the next junction after the service stations either side of the road at Gor.

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