The Algarve International Circuit, but commonly referred to as Portimao Circuit, is located in Portimao, Portugal. Portimao is a relatively new circuit, constructed in 2008 with a total cost of €195 million and the project included a karting track, technology park, five-star hotel, sports complex and apartments. The first race it hosted was the final round of World Superbike Championship, in late 2008.
The first full season calendar included rounds of the A1GP championship, the Le Mans Series, FIA GT as well as a continuation of the World Superbikes, while WTCC and GP2 followed in 2010. Drivers and riders alike were much enthused by the layout, which promoted good racing.
The circuit resembles old Nürburgring and Spa-Francorchamps, mainly because of its considerable elevations changes – far more than seen at most other modern venues – which creates something of a roller-coaster effect. Its constantly undulating nature and many special turns gives the circuit a unique old school personality.
Not many years after its opening the finances of the original owners, the private company Parkalgar, started to unravel. Substantial debts began to build up, and in September 2013, the State-owned Portugal Capital Ventures acquired control of Parkalgar. Under the new ownership, a revitalized race calendar was introduced, including the World Superbikes once more, GT Open and the Blancpain Sprint Series, alongside with the new Maxi Endurance 32 hour race, the longest continuous endurance race in the world which unfortunately only was held once, with limited number of starters.
Despite its turbulent life, Portimao is an outstanding circuit with a lot of personality. If you want to join us for an endurance race on this special circuit, we will happy to help you.