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Memorial stone for Joey Dunlop

The Pirita-Kose-Kloostrimetsa or Kalevi Circuit was a racetrack east of Tallinn , Estonia until 2006 .


The Kalevi Suursõit (Great Kalev Race) has been held annually since 1959 . In the Isle of Man TT -style races, only motorcycles started. The last time automobiles were racing at racing speed was in 1997. Even after a fatal accident in 1978 during a Formula Vostok race in which a pregnant woman was killed, motor sport activities on the Kalevi Circuit were suspended for the 1980s. Before that, all Russian automobile racing classes such as Formula 1 to 4 were at the start. Motorcycling activities were not restricted. After this accident, the race returned to Tallinn in 1980.

The route was used for the Estonian TT and the Estonian Grand Prix from 1933 to 1939 . It was opened in 1959 with a length of 8.566 km. For 1962 there was a slight extension to 8.648 km. After no races were held in 1964, the track was rebuilt and drastically shortened to 6.026 km. Since then, the route has continued to be modified, but still measures around 6 km.

There are some well-known names in the winners' lists. In 1983 and 1987 Kari Karttiala won the 750 cc sidecar race. In 2008 his son Timo won sidecar world championships as a passenger together with Pekka Päivärinta . Even Joey Dunlop was after the fall of the Iron Curtain Enter several times in the winners lists. After winning the Supersport 600 and Superbike races in 2000 , he fell fatally at the start and finish in the 125 cc race. Enn Kaarneem was killed on this route as early as 1968 .

The Kalevi Suursõit has only been held in 1964, 1979 and 1984. Last but not least, Dunlop's accident showed the structural defects of the route. Necessary investments in the renovation were not made, and so the races on the course were discontinued in the late 2000s.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Gaskrank.tv - Website: Joey Dunlop's last race in Pirita-Kose-Kloostrimetsa in Tallinn, Estonia. From: www.gaskrank.tv , accessed on May 25, 2015 .
  2. Kalevi suursõit 1959–2006: motomeelsete laulupidu. Eesti Päevaleht, February 5, 2007, accessed August 5, 2016 .

Coordinates: 59 ° 28 '2.1 "  N , 24 ° 52' 8.9"  E