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Le Mans - FRANCE

SHARK Helmets Grand Prix de France

Circuit information

Length: 4.185 m / 2.600 miles

Width: 13m

Left Curves: 5

Right curves: 9

The longest straight: 674 m / 0.419 miles

Built: 1966

Modified: 2008

Built in 1965 around the existing 24-Hour track, the Le Mans Bugatti Grand Prix race circuit lies 5km south of the city of Le Mans and 200km south-west of Paris. The venue has hosted Grand Prix since the late sixties but a serious accident to Spanish rider Alberto Puig in 1995 saw it struck off the calendar until 2000 whilst stringent safety improvements were carried out.

Le Mans is a tight track dominated by first gear corners that place the emphasis on late braking and hard acceleration, whilst rear end traction is also a key area. With the capacity to comfortably accommodate up to 100,000 spectators, the Bugatti circuit also plays host to the 24 hour truck race, the FIA GP2 Championship, French Touring Car and GT races.

Balda’s thought

Le Mans is a small track, it’s a quite stop and go circuit, but fun by the way. The chicane is the part I like the most, as I enjoy a lot the first long right corner after the main straight. Turns 4, against slope and the 9-10 left-right chicane are good turns as well.