The super-fast and old-fashioned circuit is located 15km east of the beautiful city of Salzburg and lies at the bottom of an Alpine valley surrounded by mountains.
Although the Salzburgring has hosted the European Touring Car Cup three times in recent years – 2008, 2010 and 2011 – this is its maiden World Touring Car Championship calendar appearance. It also marks the first visit of a world championship to this venue since the Austrian Motorcycling Grand Prix left in 1995.
Only a bunch of WTCC drivers have experience of this racetrack. Franz Engstler has raced there many times in the German Supertourenwagen and Production cars championships.
Yvan Muller and Gabriele Tarquini had a one-off experience at the Salzburgring in the Super Touring years, in 1997 and 1999 respectively. Since then the track has been significantly upgraded in terms of safety and facilities, but the layout remains unchanged.
Surprisingly, the only WTCC driver who has won a race there is Pepe Oriola, who claimed victory in the 2011 FIA ETCC.