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Drainage of Race Tracks & Test Tracks

Asian motorsport race tracks and public test tracks are regularly subject to extreme loads and forces from fast moving, hard braking and accelerating vehicles. Ponding water left on the track surface following heavy rainfall could cause vehicles to lose control with serious consequences. Therefore, a safe and efficient drainage system with high intake and hydraulic capacity is essential for motorsport and for ABS testing on wet pavements.

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Safe drainage for race tracks

The combined system of surface channel with fully secured drainage cover must withstand the strong suction created by downforce from racing vehicles. If insufficiently secured, the cover or other system components can be dislodged and thrown into the air at speed, posing a danger to drivers and spectators.

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Requirements for race tracks

Strength and stability during installation and competition:

Subject to possible traffic by site vehicles during installation and racing cars crossing at speeds of over 300 km / h, the channel system should be strong, secure and stable during the life of the circuit.

Precise installation:

To avoid sharp raised edges on the surface, trench drains must be laid precisely within a +/- 2 mm tolerance.


The drainage system must ensure a long service life through high-quality materials and careful, precise installation.

Avoiding aquaplaning:

At run-off zones there is an increased risk of aquaplaning due to slight surface gradients towards the direction of the track. An efficient drainage system must be installed here to ensure safety.

Durable channels for the pit lane:

Surface drainage within the pit lane area must withstand extreme forces that occur when crossed at tangents by racing cars.

Safe drainage of test tracks

Car at water crossing

Test tracks consist of several areas that demand maximum performance from the driver and their vehicle through extreme simulated situations. The drainage system must also meet the highest requirements and safety standards of each individual test section such as:

  • Test hills with gradients of 5 to 30 percent for traction control systems or downhill braking

  • Water crossings for the simulation of wet driving

  • High speed circuits for testing speeds and braking behaviour at over 200 km/h

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Drainage solutions for race tracks & test tracks

HAURATON can score with many years of experience in the drainage of race and test tracks. Whether driver safety centres, Motor GP or Formula 1 race tracks, our team of experts will always find the right solution for your project.

Product comparison for race and test tracks

Robust drainage & retention system for racetracks & test tracks with extreme loads
Drainage system for racetracks & paddock areas with extreme, dynamic loads
For test tracks & driving safety centres
Combined irrigation and drainage system for test tracks & driving safety centres
Load class according to EN 1433
Load class according to EN 1433
up to F 900
up to F 900
up to D 400
up to F 900
Load frequency
Load frequency
Load dynamics
Load dynamics
Nominal width | System size
Nominal width | System size
3000, 5000, 8000
100 – 500
100 & 200
100 & 150
Materials of the lower parts
Materials of the lower parts
Modified polypropylene (PP), 100 % recycled composite
Fibre-reinforced concrete
Modified polypropylene
Liquid-tight concrete as a precast reinforced concrete element
Angle housing
Angle housing

Galvanised steel or ductile iron edge rail with 40 x 40 mm insertion depth

Galvanised steel or stainless steel angle housing with 40 x 40 mm insertion depth

Cover variants
Cover variants

Retained ductile iron slotted top

– Ductile iron covers
– GUGI ductile iron covers

Integrated award-winning FIBRETEC heelsafe design

– Ductile iron slotted covers
– Ductile iron covers

Special characteristics
Special characteristics

– Radial installations possible
– Large channels for retention
– Channel run without slotted top achievable, for example, under planted areas
– Cable installations can be threaded though throat voids of the channel

– SIDE-LOCK, boltless locking system
– 16 fixing points for cover/metre

– Large retention volume despite slim channel design
– Monolithic drainage channel
– Vandalism-proof
– Easy cleaning via the inspection box

– Irrigation and drainage system (EFD and ESD)
– Corrosion-free, modular design in a recurring, fixed grid as a handy “plug-in” construction- Boltless locking system SIDE-LOCK
– 16-fold fixing options for the cover per metre
– Uniform irrigation of the carriageway
– Extremely low throw height (8-10 cm) and throw range (30-40 cm) of the water jet


– Constant depth
– Stepped fall

– Constant depth
– Built-in fall (150, 200, 300)
– Stepped fall

– Constant depth
– Stepped fall

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