Motorsport Arena Oschersleben
Although there are several famous German circuits, like Nurburgring and Hockenheimring, Motorsport Arena Oschersleben is still looking for its place under the sun.
The northernmost racing venue in Germany
Located some 30 km southwest of the city of Magdeburg, in the agricultural area of a small town of Oschersleben, Motorsport Arena Oschersleben is the first circuit built after reunification in former East Germany. The construction has begun in 1995 and the circuit named Motopark Oschersleben was opened in July of 1997 with a Ferrari Challenge race. The construction works were huge and the whole project cost was almost 60 million euros.
However, the new circuit was a true gem. Of course, it wasn’t a world class venue, but it surely was a modern and fully functional arena, able to host different racing categories. The result was a fast, smooth, and flat circuit with the elevation changes of only 23 m but this is not the track that is easy to tame.
Motorsport Arena Oschersleben circuit has three layouts
The circuit has three layouts. The Grand Prix Circuit is 3.696 km long, 11-13 m wide, and has 14 turns – 7 left and 7 right. The fastest part of the track is at the end 700 m long start/finish straight, where a top speed of up to 280 km/h can be reached. The fastest lap record (1:17.084) was set in 2011 by Fabrizio Crestani during the qualifying for the Auto GP race.
The other two layouts are B Circuit which is 2.6 km long and C Circuit of only 1.1 km. The circuit also has separate kart track and an off-road course.
The first class facilities
The Motorsport Arena Oschersleben looks really unique. All the spectator areas are located between six and eight meters above the track, so the visitors have an excellent view on almost every part of the venue.
The facilities are one of the best in Germany. The teams have at their disposal 29 garages, with VIP Lounges right above. The race control tower boasted sophisticated digital remote controlled video monitoring system while modern press center can accommodate around 100 journalists and photographers. The medical center with a helicopter landing field has a complete medical care even in the case of difficult injuries.
Motorsport Arena Oschersleben circuit declared bankruptcy in 2005
However, Oschersleben also had a hard time. In the early 2000s, the debts were growing and three years later Motopark was declared insolvent after applying for bankruptcy. The new owners were found in the summer of 2005 and they renamed the venue to Motorsport Arena Oschersleben and also done some reconstruction to the track and the facilities.
DTM weekend is the main event
Although Oschersleben lacks world’s top racing series, all events are well visited. For example, up to 60.000 thousand spectators visit the circuit during the DTM weekend. Nowadays, DTM is the main event of the year at Oschersleben, while the other series that are regular at this circuit are TCR International Series, ADAC GT Masters, FIM World Endurance Motorcycle Championship, etc. Once Oschersleben was the host of FIA GT, Formula 3 and World Touring Cars Championship events.
Opened 280 days a year
The track is opened 280 days a year. It is also opened for training, club events, testing, and other non-racing activities like concerts, corporate team buildings and many other events. The 4-star hotel with 88 rooms is located within the circuit and you can also find a camping site with power supply and sanitary facilities, as well as the American-style motorhome area at the price of 25 euros per vehicle and night.
The nearest international airport is Leipzig/Halle, around 100 km south from the circuit, the Hanover airport is around 140 km to the west, while Berlin-Schonefeld airport is around 150 km from the Oschersleben.
Oschersleben has a pretty good train connections with Magdeburg, Berlin, and Hanover. The train station is a couple of minutes drive from the circuit.
Address: 20, Motopark-Allee, 39387 Oschersleben (Bode), Germany
Phone: +49 3949 9200