* A short history *
Keimola motor stadium was opened on June 12th 1966 near Helsinki, the capital of Finland. Helsinki had been without a proper venue for motor racing ever since the legendary races in a park in the heart of the city were discontinued after some fatal accidents in 1963. Everybody agreed that the racing cars of the era had outgrown the narrow park roads, and a safer track was needed. A brand new "motor stadium", very modern and safe (at the standards of late 60's...) was built in Keimola, largely through the efforts of one man, a famous Finnish race driver and businessman Curt Lincoln.
The track was only used for a short period of time: although it was clearly the best track in Finland in it's time, it never became too popular with the public. There were many reasons: the location of the track was not ideal, the access roads and other spectator facilities were never built up to standards, the marketing was poor, the races were organized and promoted solely by amateur motor clubs, the races were televised and so on... The last nail to the coffin was the energy crisis in the 70's. Motor racing was banned for a few months and Keimola never recovered, and the track was shut down for good in 1978.
* Cars and drivers *
Formula 1 cars never laid rubber on Keimola. The track had it's share of famous F1-drivers, though. In '66 and '67 there was a Formula 2 race with a very impressive line-up: Jim Clark, Jack Brabham, Graham Hill, Dennis Hulme and Jochen Rindt among others. The reason for this was that Curt Lincoln's daughter was married to Jochen Rindt. Jochen did his father-in-law a favour and talked some of his fellow drivers into having a laugh driving a relaxed little race in exotic Finland...
Most other races were more or less local battles with smaller formula classes (F3 and the increasingly popular Formula V, a cheap class based on VW Beetle -technic), stock cars and motorbikes.
So nothing really spectacular happened until 1969 the track was invaded by brute force: Interserie. These were insane cars, possibly the most powerful road race cars to date. The cars were very much like the american Can-Am vehicles of the era, with the only real technical rule being the minimum engine capacity of 2.5 litres! These monsters raced in Keimola from 1969 to 1972. Keimola was in good company here: the rest of the Interserie-championship was driven on tracks like Nürburgring, Imola, Hockenheim and Silverstone.
The king on Interserie in Keimola was the Finnish driver Leo Kinnunen, mostly behind the wheel of Porsche 917:s. The absolute track record of Keimola is driven by him in 1972 with a Porsche 917/10 TC: 1:11.74. The car produced officially 850 hp (DIN) from a 4.5 litre turbocharged engine, but the real figure was rumoured to be over a thousand hp...
* A lap on the track *
At the center line the track was 3300 meter's long, but if you knew right driving lines,you could decrease the length by aproximately 40 meters. The width of the track was from 9 meters to 15 meters. Altitude changes were small: the difference between the lowest and highest point of the track was only 14 meters. The track was driven clockwise. The start/finish line was at the middle of the long main straight, near the pits. After the main straight the drivers entered the Southcurve. It was easy and clear to drive. If you had the courage to enter the curve faster then the opponent, it was a possible place for overtaking. After the Southcurve drivers entered the pitstraigt. First there was short straight then fast left and then the real pitstraight. Pitstraight ended to Pitcurve, where track sweeped 180 degrees to left. After the Pitcurve there was very short straight, and then the VW-turn, a right hander, which got it's name from VW-commercials beside the track. At the apex there was a big platebox, size of a normal house, which was first a oil advert, but later when the sponsor changed it was painted orange, in to the colors of North State tobacco. After VW-turn the track slightly sweeped left and right. These small curbs were named as Curre's curves, after Curt Lincoln. After Curre's curves the track turned towards BP-turn. Just before the turn there was a little bump, which was hard to see from the drivers viewpoint and it distrackted the contolling of the car. Unlike the other turns, BP-turn was very accurate to drive. At this point, the track was downhill. The car had to be kept carefully on the right side of the road, and had to be turn quickly to the left, just after the turn, to the drop to Saunalenkki, the most famous turn of the track. The name came from Saunalenkki sausage adverts around the turn. At the bend, the track made a 180 degree turn to the right. The road was slighly outsidely banked, which made the driving even more hard. After Saunalenkki, begun the long main straight. A new lap was to start.
These pictures around the lap are taken by Harry Hammaren. They are scanned from the excellent book "Keimola, Moottoristadion joka melkein katosi" ("The Motor Stadium That Almost Vanished") by Heikki Siltala, Martti Alkio and Jari Debner. The book is available only in Finnish, but if you're fluent in our language, go get the book! It's a very good read about the history of the track and has lots of interesting pictures.
* Present condition *
Today, 22 years after the gates were closed, the track is in very poor condition. When the track was closed, it wasn't take care of, and it was buried by heavy forest. In the late 90's part of the pits has become a tyre recycling point. Today the track is still there, but there are bushes growing in the cracks in the asphalt and all trackside objects are in deep forest. The track surface has been broken to prevent "moonlight races"; this was done after a local motorcycling youth nearly got killed after hitting a moose on the track!
* Installation *
Unpack the downloaded zip-file into a temporary directory and run TrackInstall.exe.
Note: if you want to use the original Keimola '72 Interserie program rename Page0b.pbf to Page0.pbf.
* Bugs / problems *
There are some clipping problems that we couldn't solve, most notably in turn 1. We will fix these later on if possible. If you have problems with the frame rate please try the less detailed keimola.3do which is available as a separate download.
* Thanks to *
- Phil "Guru" Flack and GPLEA for the tools and help
- Martin Prochazka for GPLTrk
- Matt Knutsen for helping with the 3do's
- Ed Solheim for helping with the textures
- Ray Geering for teaching us the art of 3do's
- Dave Noonan for making the AI
- Martin Granberg for the installer
- Meik Thiemann for the great program covers
- Klaus Hörbrand for WinMip
- Martin Granberg and Jonas Matton for GPL Replay Analyser
- FGPLC drivers for online testing
- All beta testers for their help
- Heikki Siltala, Martti Alkio and Jari Debner for the great Keimola book
- All others who were forgotten in the hurry to make this readme.txt at the last moment
Keimola track for GPL
Keimola_v1.zip (2,5 Mb) - 24. February 2001
Unpack the zip file and run the installer "TrackInstall.exe".
Please note, that the file "keimola_v1.zip" includes a new installer by Martin Granberg. The installer in the original "keimola.zip" didn't work correctly for everyone. There are no changes to the track, just the new installer, so there is no need whatsoever to download this update, if you have managed to install the track already.
If you have downloaded the first version, and the installation failed, you can get just the new installer here. Unpack, and replace "Trackinstall.exe" from the original track package with this one.
Alternate program cover
Page0.zip (117 kb) - 24. February 2001
The original Keimola '72 Interserie program cover. Unpack and replace Page0.pbf in your track directory (gpl\tracks\keimola). This file is included in the keimola.dat file also. If you have the right tools, you don't need this download, just extract the file Page0b.pbf from the dat file and rename to Page0.pbf.
Lighter version of the track
Keimola_light3do.zip (737 kb) - 22. February 2001
If you have problems with the frame rate please try the less detailed keimola.3do. First download and install the normal version of the track. Then unpack this file and replace the file "keimola.3do" in your track directory. Both 3do versions are mutually compatible in online-racing.
A quick lap
Keimola11512_setup&replay.zip (100 kb) - 22. February 2001
Replay and setup of Greger's 1:15.12 lap with a Lotus.
Keimola_grids.zip (6 kb) - 7. March 2001
Some alternative grid layouts for the track:
track.ini - modified so that the front row of the grid can see the flagman better. Place this file in your track directory (gpl\tracks\keimola).
trackol?.ini - online grids for server. Place this file on your server in your track directory (gpl\tracks\keimola).
As you can see from the screenshots this is one of the older GPL tracks and its graphics can not keep up with todays tracks.
I recommend to use one of these linked updates to get nicer graphics.
Keimola highres update by jason_peters
Light version for jason_peters Keimola update by Kenny
Keimola highres update by Jackseller
Small addon for Keimola by F Caballero
Keimolan Moottoristadion 1966 - 1978
https://jaridebner.k...on 1966 - 1978/
Keimola Motor Stadium (English Wikipedia)
Keimolan moottorirata (Finish Wikipedia)
Keimolan Moottoristadion (German Wikipedia)
Edited by Stefan Roess, Jan 22 2019 - 05:47 PM.