Kirkistown Motor Racing Circuit is a permanent motorsport circuit located between the villages of Kirkistown and Portavogie, on the Ards Peninsula of County Down in Northern Ireland. The circuit is owned and operated by the 500 Motor Racing Club of Ireland (500 MRCI), who opened the circuit in 1953 on the site of the former RAF Kirkistown Air Force base.
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Kirkistown Motor Racing Circuit
Kirkistown's main circuit was laid out using portions of the aerodrome's major east–west runway and northern perimeter roadways. In its present configuration, Kirkistown's track length is 1.53 mi (2.46 km) and it is Northern Ireland's only MSA-licenced permanent race track. In addition to the 500 MRCI's own events and other automobile circuit racing series, Kirkistown also hosts races for karting, rallying, rallycross, motorcycle and supermoto classes. Northern Irelands only current race circuit designed from an old aerodrome and been in existence since the early 1950's although altered over the years. The layout may look unimpressive with what is basically two straights, but this does not show the real essence of the track. It's close racing from start to finish with plenty of 'thrills and spills' as can always be expected from any event involving Irish drivers. That fact alone is worth a visit and the friendly nature of the locals is double reason to consider a trip. START/FINISH Half way along the main straight and close enough to make the first corner a really fast approach. DEBTORS DIP Full speed 45 degree left with minimal or not braking. The outfield is available to watch those who try that extra 1mph to get ahead and some don't make it. COLONIAL 1 and 2 After the speed of Debtors it's braking hard for the double right of Colonial.  A tight line is taken to allow acceleration between the close turns. Exiting Colonial drivers take a tight left using the kerbs. It's a complex bend needing exact position which can result in a few off track excursions. FISHERMANS A long right hander requiring last second braking and a good line through to build up speed for the pending straight. CHICANE Created to slow cars on this long straight. It's tight right left with barriers to the infield. HAIRPIN All the straight line speed need scrubbing for the oval right hander with plenty of run-off beyond. Last corner before start/finish straight making it a late braking haven. ACCESS The paddock is on the outfield of the main start/finish straight with usual free access. Food is available on race days.
Kirkistown Circuit 2013
Onboard video from Robert Pattons Honda Integra No:77 Kirkistown saloons 31/08/13 Race 1
Kirkistown Motor Racing Circuit
Past Kirkistown drivers John Watson Derek Daly David Kennedy Kenny Acheson Damien Magee Desmond Titterington Tommy Byrne Martin Donnelly Eddie Irvine Richard Attwood David Purley James Hunt Conny Andersson Brian Naylor Vincenzo Sospiri Others: Eddie Jordan Michael Roe (Can-Am champ in 81) Ken Tyrrell Bernie Ecclestone (reputedly) Ivor Bueb (Le Mans winner 57) Rowan Atkinson (Renault 5) Roy James (FF) Chris Barber (jazzman) Ian Raby (started British GP in '63) Gil de Ferran (FF) Vic Wilson (DNQ for a couple of GPs) Tommy Reid Brian Nelson John L'Amie, Mervyn Wingfield