The Syrian Automobile Club Circuit opened its doors to the public in 2008, after work had initiated on designing and building it in 2006. It was the heart of the Club’s sporting activities since then. In 2008, the first race was held at this circuit as a part of the Syrian Speed Championship.
This circuit was designed by the Syrian Automobile Club’s team, under the supervision of Mr. Walid Shaban, the chairman of the club and a civil engineer.
The circuit has a mix of corners of different characteristics, which are similar, in design, to the Bahrain International Circuit (A host of Formula 1 Grands Prix since 2004) and the Istanbul Park Circuit which hosted Formula 1 between 2005 and 2011.
This circuit can be modified, and many racing tracks can be designed according to the demands and challenges of each particular race, while taking in consideration the high standards of safety conditions. In addition, this circuit holds an FIA classification in order to host Karting races.
Also, the circuit has a timing system, and all the tools necessary to operate it. There are plans, in the near future, to complete the lighting project of the circuit and re-launch karting races.
In addition to hosting races and sporting activities, this circuit has been a centre for road safety training sessions for the Syrian Automobile Club’s organizers, volunteers, and racing drivers.
In 2010, the president of the FIA Jean Todt visited Syria, and the Syrian Automobile Club circuit, and tested the training car for racing drivers.
After the Syrian Automobile Club’s activities were suspended in 2011 due to the circumstances in Syria, the organizers managed to return to the circuit in 2016, and accommodated the circuit according to the safety standards so that it was ready to host races once again since then.