Ahvenisto Race Circuit – Finland legend

Ahvenisto “Appara” Race Circuit (Finnish: Ahveniston moottorirata) is a legendary motor racing circuit located in Hämeenlinna, Finland. It features a total elevation change of 32 metres, its main straight is 280 metres (0.2 mi) in length and its width varies between 9 metres and 17 metres.Ahvenisto track map kartta

♠ One of the most ineteresting race track i ever drove on. Medium speed but very technique with awesome up-and-dows-to-the-right segment from turn 6 to 8 is just superb and very dangerous as well.

Its elevation changes, short or sometimes inexistent run-off areas, and numerous fast bends have led to some to suggest that it is the hardest and most dangerous race track in Finland, or even one of the most challenging in the world.

Ahvenisto arial view


History

The construction of Ahvenisto Race Circuit was finished on July 15, 1967. The same year, “I Hämeenlinnan ajot 1967” became the first international event to be held at the circuit. Formula Two turned out to be the only international car race held at the venue.

Hameenlinnan 1967 retro poster

The Formula Two

The Formula Two race was won by Jochen Rindt in a Brabham BT23 ahead of Jack Brabham’s Brabham BT23C and Jim Clark’s Lotus 48.

Date: September 5 | 20 laps x 2900 m = 58.0 kms | Pole Position: Jim Clark, Lotus 1’24.5″ | Fastest Lap: Jack Brabham, Brabham, 1’20.06″ = 130.82 km/h

1-#5 🇦🇹 Jochen Rindt – Roy Winkelmann Racing – Brabham BT23 – 27:05.53
2-#1 🇦🇺 Jack Brabham – Motor Racing Developments – Brabham BT23C – 27:07.71
3-#4 🇬🇧 Jim Clark Team Lotuss – Lotus 48 – 27:31.14
4-#2 🇦🇺 Frank Gardner – Motor Racing Developmentss – Brabham BT23 –  27:33.65
5-#3 🇬🇧 Graham Hill – Team Lotuss – Lotus 48 – 28.02.27
6-#6 🇬🇧 Alan Rees – Roy Winkelmann Racings – Brabham BT23 – +1 lap

Download complete 1 Hämeelinnan Ajot 1967 – F2 race results PDF

The Formula Three

The Formula Three race saw a battle between Finnish and Swedish drivers, with Sweden’s Freddy Kottulinsky taking the win. Other notable entrants included Leo Kinnunen, Ronnie Peterson and Reine Wisell.

Date: September 5 | 15 laps x 2900 m = 43.5 km | Pole Position: Curt Lincoln, 1’28.83″ | Fastest Lap: Freddy Kottulinsky, 1’28.96″

1 – Freddy Kottulinsky 🇸🇪 – Freddy Kottulinsky Lotus 41C – Ford/Holbay – 22’44.02″ – Starting Grid: 4
2 – Curt Lincoln 🇫🇮 – Curt Lincoln Brabham BT21 – Ford/Holbay  – 22’44.18″  – Starting Grid: 1
3 – Ulf Svensson 🇸🇪 – Ulf Svensson Brabham BT21 – Ford/Cosworth – 22’53.12″  – Starting Grid: 3
4 – Ronnie Peterson 🇸🇪 – Team Vagabond Brabham BT18 – Ford/Cosworth – 22’56.64″ – Starting Grid: 2
5 – Joukka (Jouko ?) Valli 🇫🇮 – Joukka Valli Brabham BT21 – Ford/Cosworth – 23’18.27″ – Starting Grid: 7
6 – Ingvar Pettersson 🇸🇪 – Ingvar Pettersson Brabham BT21 – Ford/Cosworth – 23’37.38″ – Starting Grid: 8
7 – Ove Niklasson 🇸🇪 – Haj Haj Racing Team Lotus 35 – Ford/Holbay – 23’43.61″ – Starting Grid: 9
8 – Jonas Qvarnström 🇸🇪 – Börje Sköld Merlyn Mk 10 – Ford/Cosworth – 23’43.87″ – Starting Grid: 10
9 – Eddie Jacobsson 🇸🇪 – Edward Jacobsson Merlyn Mk 7 – Ford – 24’18.98″ – Starting Grid: 13
10 – Raimo Rinne 🇫🇮 – Raimo Rinne Brabham BT16 – Ford/Cosworth – 14 laps – Starting Grid: 12
11 – Tommy Andersson 🇸🇪 – Tommy Andersson Swebe – Ford – 10 laps – Starting Grid: 11
12 – Matti Lamminen 🇫🇮 – Matti Lamminen Brabham BT21 – Ford –  9 laps – Starting Grid: 15

13 – DNF – Leo Kinnunen 🇫🇮 – Leo Kinnunen Brabham BT18 – Ford – 0 laps – Rocker arm – Starting Grid: 5
14 – DNF – Bengt Bergholm 🇫🇮 – Bengt Bergholm Bergholm Special (Brabham) – Ford – 4 laps – Out of fuel – Starting Grid: 14
15 – DNF – Lars Lindberg 🇸🇪 – Lars Lindberg Racing Brabham BT21 – Ford – 1 laps – Nose cone – Starting Grid: 6

Download complete 1 Hämeelinnan Ajot 1967 – F3 race results PDF


Ahvenisto all Lap records

ahveniso lap records


Moto racing: The circuit was chosen as part of the then new FIM Formula 750 races, which at one stage looked likely to become the next ‘big thing’ championship until it fizzled out at the end of the decade. From 1973-75 Ahvenisto featured on the calendar of series which variously held World or European Championship status.


X-rally: While no further international circuit races have been held at Ahvenisto, between 1980 and 1999 a total of 18 FIA European Rallycross Championship events were organized on a modified, mixed-surface version of the circuit, with some of the run-offs converted into gravel sections.


Tähtien kisat: in 1985, when over 40,000 people arrived to watch Tähtien kisat (“The Race of Stars”), in which both Formula 1 and World Rally Championship stars from around the world, including Nelson Piquet, Keke Rosberg, Timo Salonen and Michele Mouton, gathered at Ahvenisto to race in identical and near-standard BMW cars.


Accident: helicopter accident in 1984, when a pilot lost control while landing and crashed into the crowd during a race meeting. Five spectators were killed and another 26 injured.


Today: Today the track mostly hosts races in national and Nordic championships and cups, including the Finnish Touring Car Championship, NEZ Racing Championship, Nordic Supercar, Finnish Rallycross Championship and Historic Race Finland and track-days.


Ferrari F430 Challenge onboard lap

SMP F4 onboard

Porsche Carrera Cup 2017 race 2


Some track photo:


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