It wasn’t until 1998 that works began on a circuit that would be up to par with one of Europe’s most attractive cities, thanks to the combined efforts of the Catalunya Generalitat, the Municipality of Montmeló and the Real Automóvil Club de Catalunya (RACC). Located 20 km. north of Barcelona, it was inaugurated in September 1991 and, in that same month, it hosted its first international race, the Formula 1 Gran Prix of Spain. It soon became the location of the motorbiking European Grand Prix and then the host, starting in 1995, of the Gran Premi de Catalunya. Considered to be one of the best latter-generation tracks, the Circuit de Catalunya received in 2001 the Best Grand Prix trophy awarded yearly by IRTA. It can accommodate up to 104,000 racegoers.