Sachsenring is another key venue with a great sports tradition: the car- and motorcycle races in the roads near the city of Chemnitz date back to 1920 and they succeeded one another up until 1990. These competitions, however, gradually became more and more perilous, considering the population density in the area and the pilots’ safety needs, which is why in 1996 it was decided to build a circuit near Sachsenring. The new track was constructed some 10 km. from the city proper and was used mainly as a training centre for bikers and driving schools. The circuit hosted its first Grand Prix in 1998. Since then, numerous enhancements have been applied to the facilities, among them the all-out re-designing of the 2001 track. Its many, tight curves make it one of the slowest circuits, which at the same time means that some races are rather tight and strenuously disputed.