Ahvenisto is a small but technical figure-of-eight track in Hämeenlinna, Finland. It has a lot of elevation changes and barely any run-off areas, which makes it one of the most difficult and dangerous tracks in the world. Because of this some people like to call it "the mini Nordschleife".
The construction of Ahvenisto Race Circuit was finished on July 15, 1967. The same year, "I Hämeenlinnan ajot 1967" became the first international event to be held at the circuit. The Formula Two race was won by Jochen Rindt in a Brabham BT23 ahead of Jack Brabham's Brabham BT23C and Jim Clark's Lotus 48. The Formula Three race saw a battle between Finnish and Swedish drivers, with Sweden's Freddy Kottulinsky taking the win. Other notable entrants included Leo Kinnunen, Ronnie Peterson and Reine Wisell.
The unofficial lap record (from a show run) is 1:10.000 by Keke Rosberg with Williams FW08C Formula 1 car.
Works with AI races, Hotlap mode, Practice mode, multiplayer (not tested), and supports 40 cars (with overlapping pit boxes). Albeit at least the AI starts getting in trouble when you add more than 30-35 cars.
- Recommend playing it with the highest detail settings (increases grass fidelity).
- I suggest playing with low sun angles and crepuscular rays on, i.e. in the morning or in the evening. Try for instance 9:30 am.
- The track is very small, and works best with low powered cars. KTM X-Bow R or Lotus 2 Eleven for instance.
Small and technical circuit, excellent as a hotlap challenge.