Karlskoga Motorstadion
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Karlskoga Motorstadion

Gelleråsen Arena
Karlskoga Motorstadion layout.png
LocationKarlskoga, Sweden
Time zoneCET (UTC+1)
FIA Grade4
Former namesKarlskoga Motorstadion
Major eventsCurrent:
STCC (1996-2011, 2013, 2015-present)
Porsche Carrera Cup Scandinavia
Swedish motorcycle Grand Prix (1978-1979)
Sidecar World Championship
(1979, 2006)
Formula Two (1973-1974)
European F3 (1978)
ETCC (1964-1966)
Grand Prix Circuit (2018-present)
Length2.350 km (1.460 miles)
Race lap record1:06.781 (United Kingdom Robert Huff, Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR, 2020, TCR Touring Car)
Grand Prix Circuit (2006-2017)
Length2.400 km (1.491 miles)
Race lap record1:04.560 (Sweden Thed Björk, Volvo S60 TTA, 2015, STCC)
Grand Prix Circuit (1995-2005)
Length2.530 km (1.572 miles)
Race lap record1:06.586 (Sweden Carl Rosenblad, Nissan Primera GT, 2001, Super Touring)
Grand Prix Circuit (1955-1994)
Length3.000 km (1.864 miles)
Race lap record1:12.100 (France Patrick Depailler, March 742, 1974, Formula Two)
Original Circuit (1950-1952)
Length1.600 km (0.994 miles)

Karlskoga Motorstadion, also known as Gelleråsen Arena, is the oldest permanent motorsport race track in Sweden. The circuit is located 6 km (3.7 mi) north of Karlskoga. The layout is such that the whole track can be seen from all spectator areas.[1]

It is currently authorised for European Championship rounds of road racing and Swedish Touring Car Championship events.[1]


Built in 1949 as a 1.55 km (0.96 mi) dirt track, the inaugural race was the first Kanonloppet on 4 June 1950. For the second Kanonloppet in 1952, the surface had been paved with asphalt and the length was 1.600 km (0.994 mi). It was extended to 2.000 km (1.243 mi) in 1953 with the addition of the Björkdungskurvan section (later renamed to Tröskurvan). In 1958 it was additionally extended to 3.172 km (1.971 mi) with the Velodromkurvan section (Velodrome bend).[2]

In 1961, 1962 and 1963 non-championship Formula One events were hosted here, which saw the likes of Stirling Moss, Jim Clark and Jack Brabham battle it out on-track. 1967 a race called Swedish Grand Prix was held there, won by Jackie Stewart. In 1979, the circuit hosted the Swedish motorcycle Grand Prix won by Barry Sheene.

The circuit was forced to close for two years after a crash on 8 August 1970 during a touring car event. Two cars, a Ford Escort and a BMW 2002, locked together at the flat out right hander before the straight leading up to the Velodromkurvan, and went off the track at high speed, bounced over the banking and into the crowd, killing five spectators.[2]

After a period of decay, the track went through major renovation work during the 1990s and 2000s. The pit area was moved and the facilities were improved. There was also several safety improvements, including a redesign of the Tröskurvan and the complete removal of the velodrome section. This shortened the track to its current length of 2.400 km (1.491 mi).[3]

Lap records

The official race lap records at the Karlskoga Motorstadion are listed as:


  1. ^ a b c d Both drivers take the same lap time in the same race independently.


  1. ^ a b "Home". Karlskoga Motorstadion AB. Retrieved 2019.
  2. ^ a b Darren Galpin. "Karlskoga Track Info". The GEL Motorsport Information Page. Retrieved 2009.
  3. ^ "History". Karlskoga Motorstadion AB (in Swedish). Archived from the original on 27 August 2008. Retrieved 2009.
  4. ^ "TCR Scandinavia Touring Car Championship 2020 » Karlskoga-Gelleråsen Round 1 Results". Retrieved 2022.
  5. ^ "Kanonloppet 2021 GT4 Scandinavia - Race 1 Laptimes - Race 1" (PDF). Retrieved 2022.
  6. ^ "STCC 2015 » Karlskoga-Gelleråsen Round 9 Results". Retrieved 2022.
  7. ^ "Swedish Touring Car Championship 2008 » Karlskoga-Gelleråsen Round 4 Results". Retrieved 2022.
  8. ^ "TCR Scandinavia Touring Car Championship 2017 » Karlskoga-Gelleråsen Round 15 Results". Retrieved 2022.
  9. ^ "Swedish Touring Car Championship 2001 » Karlskoga-Gelleråsen Round 6 Results". Retrieved 2022.
  10. ^ "Swedish Touring Car Championship 2004 » Karlskoga-Gelleråsen Round 5 Results". Retrieved 2022.
  11. ^ "1974 Kanonloppet". Retrieved 2022.
  12. ^ "1969 Kanonloppet Karlskoga Sveriges Grand Prix FIA European Cup For Formula 3 Ergebnis Finalrennen" (PDF). Retrieved 2022.
  13. ^ "Kanonloppet 1965". Retrieved 2022.

External links

Coordinates: 59°23?00?N 14°30?58?E / 59.38333°N 14.51611°E / 59.38333; 14.51611

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