Inje Speedium - Unique Place for Racing and Living
Inje Speedium is a race track located in the mountain area of the Inje County in South Korea. The 3,908 meters long circuit is a part of a larger complex, named the Inje Auto Theme Park, with hotel and condos, which was built in 2013. The race track can be divided into two separate circuits, 2,577 meters and 1,375 meters long. Since the opening, the major racing competition at Inje was the Asian Le Mans Series.
One of the newest race tracks in the world was designed by famous South African designer Alan Wilson, who has many known circuits in his CV, such are Circuit Mont-Tremblant, Mille Motorsports Park or Barber Motorsports Park.
Breathtaking scenery around ‘sea horse’ circuit
A fantastic new facility, constructed high in the mountains in the northern part of South Korea, offers a breathtaking scenery around a 20-turn 3.908-km long track. The layout of the track reminds of a sea horse. The race track received FIA Grade 2 license so it can host all categories of races except Formula One. The circuit consists of two separate loops which could be run simultaneously.
Inje Speedium was opened in 2013, after a construction which lasted since August 2010 with a cost of approximately 206 million won. On the start/finish straight there is an impressive grandstand with 20,000 seats. Other main facilities, like hotel and condominium block, are located at the turn 4.
Japanese Super Formula didn’t come to Inje Speedium
The initial plan for the circuit to host its first races in August 2013 was jeopardized due to some problems between the shareholders and management of the holding company. The Japanese Super Formula Championship canceled its race which was planned for August 25 and the championship never came to Inje.
Asian Le Mans Series visited Inje two times
The first race was the first round of the 2013 Asian Le Mans Series on August 4, 2013. The winners of the inaugural 3 Hours of Inje were Akash Nandy, Gary Thompson and James Winslow in the #18 KCMG Morgan LMP2 prototype.
In July 2014, the Asian Le Mans Series returned to Inje for the opening round of the 2014 season. OAK Racing’s drivers David Cheng and Ho-Pin Tung were the winners, driving the Morgan LMP2 prototype. It was the last ALMS race at Inje, as the series didn’t return in the following seasons.
No international racing, schedule full of domestic events
Not hosting the major international racing series, the Inje Speedium is mostly the venue for the Korean proffesional and amateur championships, various club and corporate events and driving educations. In 2016, two popular events at Inje were the Korean Speed Festival and Nexen Tire Speed Racing Cup.
Besides racing, the Inje Speedium is unique as it offers a place for living, with a 118-room condominium next to the track. The facility is located about 160 kilometers north east from Korean capital Seoul.
Address: Inje Speedium, 242-2 Buku-ri, Girin-myeon, Inje-gun, Gangwon-do, South Korea
Phone: +82 2 561 6990
Official website: www.speedium.co.kr