Indonesia should be proud because it has two international-scale circuits to hold prestigious motorcycle and car racing. The Mandalika Circuit, Central Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara, successfully held MotoGP in March 2022. Meanwhile, the Ancol Circuit, Jakarta, will hold a Formula E electric car racing competition on June 4, 2022. How do these two circuits compare in terms of the main track layout?
As a circuit focused on motorcycle racing such as WSBK and MotoGP, the Mandalika Circuit certainly has a more complex circuit design, and takes a longer time to build. The Mandalika Circuit is also equipped with a service road that surrounds the inside and outside of the main track.
Quoted from the official site MotoGP, Mandalika Circuit has a total length of 4.3 km, with 17 turns (6 to the left-11 to the right). The width of the Mandalika Circuit is 15 meters and the longest straight track is 723 meters.
Mandalika Circuit Photo: IST
While conceptually, the Mandalika Circuit has the concept of a highway circuit. This means, if it is not being used for racing, the outside service road can be accessed by the general public. In addition, on weekends the main track can also be used for cycling or jogging by the general public.
Switching to the Ancol Circuit which will be used for Formula E racing, is relatively short in the construction process. The circuit whose design is similar to the lumping horse has a length of 2.4 km and a width of 12 meters.
Formula E Circuit in Ancol Photo: Doc Special
Although shorter and narrower than the Mandalika Circuit, the Ancol Circuit has more bends, namely 18 corners. This circuit is dominated by narrow and broken corners, so it is very suitable for car racing such as Formula E.
Oh yes, because the Ancol Circuit is used specifically for car racing, this circuit does not have a wide run off area or gravel as usual in motorcycle racing circuits.