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New Balaton Park Track: Hungary’s Racing Jewel



F1 Balaton Park Track

Anchored in the stunning Hungarian landscape near Lake Balaton, Balaton Park emerges as a breathtaking new FIA Grade 1-certified circuit, revitalizing Central Europe’s motor racing scene after an impressive €200 million investment.

The Balaton Park, a newly completed FIA Grade 1-certified circuit in Hungary, is now operational after an investment surpassing €200 million ($217m).

Situated just over 50 miles from Budapest and in proximity to Lake Balaton – a renowned vacation spot in the country – the construction of the circuit took four years.

Its management has labeled it as the “premier FIA standard race track constructed in Central Europe in over a decade and a half.” A press conference was conducted to inaugurate the track, during which ex-Formula 1 driver Giancarlo Fisichella sampled the 4.115km (2.557-mile) course.

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Fisichella expressed his admiration for the Balaton Park Circuit after his initial drive, praising its distinctive features. He stated, “The circuit really offers a variety of elements – from exhilarating high-speed corners and demanding hairpins to interesting chicanes.

The layout is fluid, which provides an enjoyable racing experience. The first turn and the terminus of the back straight provide perfect opportunities for overtaking. Overall, driving on the Balaton Park is a delightful experience.”

Balaton Park is equipped with permanent seating for 10,000 viewers, but it can accommodate crowds into six figures via temporary stands.


The circuit is engineered to comply with FIA Grade 1 standards and also aligns with FIM regulations, thus facilitating both elite car and motorbike racing. However, only a Grade 2 license has been sought at this point.

The circuit is presided over by Chanoch Nissany, a former F1 test driver who participated in a Minardi practice session in 2005 and is the father of Roy Nissany, a current F2 racer. The next stage of the development includes the completion of an on-site hotel and the building of a car museum.

The Hungaroring, positioned on Budapest’s eastern boundary, is presently the location of the Hungarian Grand Prix and holds a contract with Formula 1 up until 2027.

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