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Paul Ricard Circuit - Track Guide

Renovated and modernized with Formula 1 standards, the Paul Ricard Circuit hosted for ten years sessions and official races of various international championships such as F1 World Championship, World Series by Renault FR3.5 and FR2.0, GP2 Series, but also European Le Mans Series, Blancpain Endurance Series, WEC, WTCC, International GT Open…

The Paul Ricard Circuit has one of the most longest straight lines of Europe, the Mistral straight: 1.8 km. Sport Prototypes teams choose this track solution great for real tests and prepare the famous endurance race of 24 Hours.

The others categories of motorsport are also present at the Paul Ricard track for tests and races: WTCC, historic GT cars …

The Circuit’s facilities, the technological, design and architectural innovations make this place today a unique place for communicaiton, events, leasure in motorsport.

The track is characterised by its long Mistral straight (1.8 km) and elongated track design. The track is also unusual in that it is built on a plateau, and is very flat. The length of the full track is around 3.610 miles (5.8 km). In 1986 the track was modified to shorten the circuit. This shorter circuit is known as the GP short circuit and is 2.369 miles (3.8 km) long. The track offers 167 possible configurations from 826 to 5,861 metres.

The track is known for its distinctive black and blue runoff areas known as the Blue Zone. The runoff surface consists of a mixture of asphalt and tungsten, used instead of gravel traps, as common at other circuits. A second, deeper run-off area is the Red Zone, with a more abrasive surface designed to maximize tyre grip and hence minimize braking distance, although at the cost of intense tyre wear. The final safeguard consists of Tecpro barriers, a modern improvement on tyre barriers.

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