March 3, 2024
8 best racing tracks in the world

Some tracks are legendary and some are just a passing fad. These legendary tracks are great fun to drive, and turn racers into heroes. These are 8 racing tracks every fan dreams of visiting at least once in their life.

Circuit Park Zandvoort (Netherlands)

The Circuit Park Zandvoort race track was designed by John Hugenholz. The Dutch track was built in the 1940s – originally, it was about 3 kilometers long. However, the first race was held in 1949. From 1952 to 1985, Formula 1 races were held on the track – the first winner was Alberto Ascari (1918-1955), and the last winner was Niki Lauda. After the end of Formula 1 racing, the track was shortened to 2.5 km in 1989, and Formula 3, A1GP, and DTM races began to take place there. The current shape of the track was modernized in 1999.

Interesting facts:

  • One of the bends is called Tarza Bocht (Tarzan’s Bend), which comes from the nickname of a Zandvoort resident. They agreed to donate their plot of land for the construction of the track on the condition that one corner would be named after him.
  • In 1973, there was an accident on the track during a Formula 1 race. Roger Williams’ car, on lap 8, hit the barriers and turned upside down. In a short time, it began to burn, driving behind Williams, David Purley (privately his friend) stopped and ran to help him. Unfortunately, the track staff stood and watched the whole event. By the time the fire department arrived, Williams was dead.

Paul Ricard (France)

We return again to France, where there is another track worthy of attention, i.e., the Paul Ricard track – its official name since 2001: Paul Ricard High Tech Test Track – Paul Ricard HTTT. The track was built in ten months – the track was officially opened in April 1970. Paul Ricard is located in La Castellet. The track is distinguished not only by a high level of safety but also by the longest straight in the world – Mistral (1.8 km). The entire track is 3.813 km long and hosts sports events such as Fiat GT and Le Mans Series. It is worth noting that r is also open to mere mortals, and each of us (of course, provided that we have a driving license) will be able to drive in GT cars and even Formula 1. We will tell those interested that you can drive, as part of Multi GT Experience, cars such as Porsche G T 3 RS and Lamborghini Gallardo – unfortunately, such a pleasure will cost us about 300-400 dollars.

Interesting facts:

  • On May 14, 1986, there was an accident at the La Verrerie bend – the Formula 1 driver from the Brabham-BMW team Elio de Angelis died 29 hours later after the accident.
  • The track record was set in 1990 by Nigel Mansell – he covered the track in 1:08.012, and the average speed was 201.829 km/h.
  • In 1997, the owner of the track, Paul Ricard, died, and his heirs sold the track in 1999 for 2,485,387.52 United States dollars to Excelis SA.
  • Since October 2001, the track has been used by the Toyota Formula 1 team and the competitors of the 24 Hours of Le Mans race.

Circuit de Monaco (Monaco)

Considered by many to be one of the most dangerous and difficult circuits in the world, now we want to present you the Circuit de Monaco. Unlike the circuits above, this is an entirely street circuit that measures 3,340 m.

The history of the track dates back to 1929 when it was founded, but the first competitions were held on it only in 1950. The track is distinguished by a high level of difficulty. There are tight corners – among them, there is the F1 – Loews corner, in which vehicles must slow down below 50 km/h. Formula 1 competitions are organized on the track.

Preparation of the track for the competition usually takes six weeks – the organizers have to prepare the streets of the city. After the competition is over, it takes about three weeks to get back to normal traffic.

Interesting facts:

  • The track record holder is Michael Schumacher, who ran the Circuit de Monaco in 1:13.439 seconds.
  • There is no need to buy tickets for the annual Formula 1 races – they are the only free races of this class in the world.

Autodromo Nazionale di Monza (Italy)

We are moving to beautiful and sunny Italy, and more precisely to Monza, near which the Autodromo Nazionale di Monza track is located. The history of the track began in 1922 when the racetrack was built in just half a year – the great merit of such a record is the huge number of workers erecting the track. It is worth noting here that it was the third permanent race track in the world. Unfortunately, the track turned out to be relatively dangerous – until 1938, when the modernization of the track began, several drivers died on it. After World War II, racing resumed in 1948. Currently, the track has 5.793 km, and thanks to the long straights, it is considered one of the fastest tracks in the world – Formula 1 drivers develop speeds of up to about 360 km / h. The most famous corner on the circuit is the Curva Parabolica, with an angle of 180 degrees – it turns into the longest straight.

Currently, numerous car and motorcycle competitions are held on the track, including Formula 1, Auto GP, GP2 Series, GP3 Series, World Touring Car Championship, Porsche Supercup, and Formula 3 Dollarpean Championship.

Interesting facts:

  • The track record holder is Juan Pablo Montoya, a Williams rider who set the track record in 2004.

Nurburgring (Germany)

This is the most famous track in Germany (probably every motoring fan knows it), which was built near the city of Nurburg in 1927. Previously, ADAC Eifelrennen races were held in this area, which, due to the dangerous route, enjoyed little interest. The Nurburgring was designed by Eichler Architekturburo from Ravensburg. The first track was 28.265 km long and consisted of two parts: the northern loop (Nordschleife), which was 22.810 km long, and the southern loop (Sudchleife), which was 7.747 km long. Before the Second World War, the races of the German Grand Prix and the ADAC Eifelrennen were held on the track.

After World War II, the races of the German Grand Prix were held on the track again, and in 1953 the 1000 km race was started on the track. In the 1960s, the track became dangerous for drivers – the increasing speeds that vehicles reached meant that the track had to be modified. Works on the track lasted relatively long, and only in 1981 the northern loop was shortened to 20.8 km – the track record in 1983 was set by Stefan Bellof, who covered the track with his Porsche 956 in 6:11.13 (average speed is 201.7622 km/h). Interestingly, the record has not yet been broken. In 1984, a new section of the track, GP-Strecke, was put into use, which meets all safety requirements. Currently, the track measures 5,148 meters, and races are held on it: Formula 1, Dollarpean Grand Prix, and German Grand Prix.

Silverstone Circuit (England)

Interesting facts:

  • In 1977, David Purley survived an accident (he broke his legs, pelvis, and ribs) in which the overload was 179.8 G – at 66 cm; Purley slowed down from 173 km / h to 0 km / h. The record was broken only in 2003 by Kenny Brack, who survived a G-force of 214G.
  • The track record is held by Lewis Hamilton, who set a lap time of 1:29.607 in 2013.

Indianapolis Motor Speedway (USA)

In the USA, most racetracks look the same – they are oval because NASCAR competitions are organized on them. However, there is a track in Indianapolis that can be adapted to other races, such as MotoGP. The track is located in the suburbs of the city.

The first competition organized on the track took place on August 14, 1909. Two years later, the first car races (Indianapolis 500) were organized. From 1950 to 1960, Formula 1 races were organized on the track. Again, Formula 1 races were organized on this track from 2000 to 2007. However, a year later, the first MotoGP races were organized. For Formula 1 and MotoGP, the track is specially rebuilt.

Masaryk Circuit (Czech Republic)

We have reasons to be jealous because our southern neighbors have a race track that we can only dream about for now. The Czechs have been organizing a car and motorcycle races on the Masaryk Circuit since 1930 (named after the first president of Czechoslovakia, Tomas Masaryk) – it is also known as Masarykring or simply as Automotodrom. Before the war, the Czechoslovak Grand Prix was organized on the track (at that time, it was 31 km long). In 1962, the track was shortened to 13.94 km, and another major modification took place in 1987 – now, the track is 5,403 meters long and has 14 corners. It is able to accommodate 55 motorcycles and 40 cars. The track is now primarily used for motorcycle races (e.g., MotoGP, World Superbike), but also car races of a slightly lower rank (Formula 2,

The Czech circuit is very demanding – it is technically difficult, and most of the route is uphill. It is worth noting that the track is open to amateur drivers. If you are going to Brno, you should definitely visit the Automotodrom – for 25 minutes by car you have to pay about 600 crowns. However, during Track Day, the car driver pays around 650 dollars and the passenger 70 dollars.

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