Avus 1438

Avus

The layout for the circuit in the Grunewald district of Berlin was simple – two straights joined by a slightly banked corner at Charlottenburg and a hairpin six miles south at Nikolasse.

Country
Germany
Location
Berlin
Co-ordinates
52.499992, 13.274210
Latest Race
First Race

The layout for the circuit in the Grunewald district of Berlin was simple – two straights joined by a slightly banked corner at Charlottenburg and a hairpin six miles south at Nikolasse. Average lap speeds at AVUS were boosted to over 170 mph when the awesome 43-degree banked North Curve (or “Wall of Death”) was built in 1937. At the end of the war the southern end of the original circuit ran into the Soviet zone, so a new South curve was built cutting the circuit in half. The German GP was held twice at AVUS, with Rudolf Caracciola’s private Mercedes winning the inaugural event in 1926 and Tony Brooks succeeding in 1959. Both were also tragic affairs however. Adolf Rosenberger crashed into a scoring hut in 1926, killing the three occupants, and Jean Behra died in a sports car race supporting the 1959 race. The North Curve was dismantled in 1967, but a further shortened AVUS continued to hold national events until it finally closed in May 1998.

Circuit

Type

Temporary road course

Length

1.64 (Miles)

Description

Chicane built before Nord Kehre

Fastest Race Lap

Hans Stuck (Auto Union B), 4m32, 160.941 mph, GP, 1935

Fastest Qualifying Lap

Hans Stuck (Auto Union B), 4m32, 160.941 mph, GP, 1935

Type

Temporary road course

Length

1.64 (Miles)

Description

New Sud Kehre built

Fastest Race Lap

Bernd Rosemeyer (Auto Union C), 4m11.2, 171.788 mph, GP, 1937

Fastest Qualifying Lap

Bernd Rosemeyer (Auto Union C), 4m11.2, 171.788 mph, GP, 1937

Type

Temporary road course

Length

3.032 (Miles)

Description

New Sud Kehre built

Fastest Race Lap

Tony Brooks (Ferrari Dino 246), 2m04.5, 149.118 mph, F1, 1959

Fastest Qualifying Lap

Tony Brooks (Ferrari Dino 246), 2m05.9, 147.460 mph, F1, 1959

Type

Temporary road course

Length

5.039 (Miles)

Description

Nord Kehre banking dismantled

Type

Temporary road course

Length

5.157 (Miles)

Description

New Sud Kehre built as half the circuit was in Soviet held territory

Fastest Race Lap

Tony Brooks (Ferrari Dino 246), 2m04.5, 149.118 mph, F1, 1959

Fastest Qualifying Lap

Tony Brooks (Ferrari Dino 246), 2m05.9, 147.460 mph, F1, 1959

Type

Temporary road course

Length

11.987 (Miles)

Description

43 degree banked Nord Kehre built

Fastest Race Lap

Bernd Rosemeyer (Auto Union C), 4m11.2, 171.788 mph, GP, 1937

Type

Temporary road course

Length

12.162 (Miles)

Description

Original circuit with 10 degree banked Nord Kehre

Fastest Race Lap

Hans Stuck (Auto Union B), 4m32, 160.941 mph, GP, 1935

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