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Budapest Hungaroring F1 Track Inline Race

Copyright 2000 by Skatetrix.ch The Hungaroring Formula 1 Race Track in Budapest

In May of 2001, professional and amateur skaters from all over the world are invited to skate on the famous Hungaroring Formula One Race Track near the city of Budapest in Hungary. Don't miss this unique opportunity to skate on the ultra-smooth surface of a world-famous Formula One (F-1) auto race track.

overhead view
Overhead View of the Track
The Budapest Hungaroring F-1 International Inline Festival
(date to be announced)

The Course

The fantastic Hungaroring F-1 track is between 8 and 12 meters wide (26.3 to 39.4 feet), and its surface is extraordinarily smooth, because F-1 standards only allow a maximum roughness of 1 mm over a 1 meter distance (0.04 inch over a 39.4 inch distance). Skaters will be required to exercise their best technical skills, because the course has many of the curves that are typical of F-1 tracks. The race will take place clockwise, and the course profile is as follows:

  • Starts on a hill
  • Crosses a little valley
  • Climbs up an opposite hill
  • Crosses the valley again
  • Arrives again on the first hill
Start Line
Between the Hills
Finish Line
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All photos copyright 2000 by Skatetrix.ch

The Race

This is expected to be a well-organized race because it is being planned with the assistance of the Hungarian Formula One race organizers and the top infrastructure of the Hungaroring Race Track.

There will be races for all levels of skaters, from fitness skaters to the top elite and professional skaters in the world. Races will include a traditional marathon, relay races, and team races. Also under consideration is a special race, where the average fitness skater can skate laps along with the best professional skaters. Normally, the average skater does not get to see the top skaters race, and they never see what a world-class race is like on the front line. Because this track is very wide, the organizers believe it should be possible and safe to arrange an event that would include everyone from the average fitness skater to the top skaters in the world.

At the Hungaroring F-1 Inline Festival, amateur skaters will be able to decide for themselves, which category they want to skate in. But skaters need to be aware that being over-ambitious, and skating in a category that is too high, will not pay off in this race. Any skater who is overlapped will be disqualified! (Note that a lap on this track is nearly 4 kilimeters.) The organizers believe this is the best and easiest way to categorize the skaters. They believe it will result in the most fair and realistic conditions during the race, with none of the chaotic conditions and situations that can sometimes occur when skaters are inappropriately categorized.

F-1 Boxes
The F-1 boxes will be the wardrobes
Mr. Ivan Bolgor from Hungaroring shows how to rejoice on the F-1 winners pedestal
Photographer Eric Maurer approving the smooth surface
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All photos copyright 2000 by Skatetrix.ch

The Festival

The Hungaroring has a Formula 1 race track, but it also has a smaller F-3000 track, and this is where the family fun festival will be held. There will be races and many other activities, like parties, beauty contests, presentations, and other special events for the enjoyment of all the guests.

In addition to the events directly associated with the Hungaroring Inline Festival, there will be sightseeing tours, shopping trips, and many other activities organized by the Hungarian Tourist Office. So start planning now, to bring your family to Hungary in May of 2001 for the Hungaroring Inline Festival, a trip to the beautiful City of Budapest, and an opportunity to meet skaters and many other interesting people from all over the world.

The above photos were provided to this Web site courtesy of Eric Maurer, and the copyright belongs to Skatetrix.ch. Skatetrix.ch is a Swiss Web site with information about inline speed and artistic skating in Switzerland. Skatetrix is also an on-line shop where skaters can purchase skates, frames, videos, posters, bearings wheels and other supplies. The Skatetrix web site has been translated into French, German, Italian and English.

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