CIRCUIT de barcelona-catalunya
17TH APRIL 2015
ESPÍRITU DE MONJUÏC
The foundation stone of Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya was laid on 24th February 1989, thanks to the efforts of the Consortium made-up by the Catalan Government, the Reial Automòbil Club de Catalunya (RACC) and the Montmeló Town Council.
Previously, on 3rd October 1986, the Catalan Parliament had unanimously approved a proposal urging the Executive Council to “coordinate the respective bodies with the aim of making a study and joining efforts to create a new permanent racetrack".
Five days after the official inauguration, on 10th September 1991, Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya hosted the first official race, the Spanish Touring Car Championship, with the victory of former F1 Spanish driver Lluís Pérez-Sala. On 29th September 1991 the 35th Spanish F1 Grand Prix was held after seventeen years of absence in Catalonia, and the Motorcycling World Championship arrived one month later with the Grand Prix of Europe, the name of which was changed to Grand Prix of Catalonia from 1995 onwards.
During all of these years of activity, the Circuit has witnessed the best international motor sports events, alternating with national championships or outstanding events such as endurance races.