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Albi

Racing started near Albi on the tree-lined Circuit des Planques by the river Tarn in 1933.

Racing started near Albi on the tree-lined Circuit des Planques by the river Tarn in 1933. Unusually, the pits and startline were situated on the shortest of straights before the road twisted through St Antoine, dipping and climbing to St Juéry. There the cars slowed for an extreme hairpin before negotiating the first of two railway level crossings and a hump leading onto two flat and fast legs that completed the lap. Shortened and renamed the Circuit Raymond Sommer in 1954, it was closed on safety grounds in 1960.

Circuit Raymond Sommer

1954 - 1960

Type

Temporary road course

Length

1.859 (Miles)

Change

Circuit Raymond Sommer, shorter and updated version of the Circuit des Planques

Fastest Race Lap

Andre Simon (Maserati 250F), 1m17.1, 86.802 mph, F1, 1955

Circuit Des Planques

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Type

Temporary road course

Length

5.531 (Miles)

Change

Pits and grandstands built, minor modifications to circuit

Fastest Race Lap

Juan Manuel Fangio (BRM P15), 2m52.3, 115.564 mph, F1, 1953

Type

Temporary road course

Length

5.537 (Miles)

Change

Hairpin near Les Planques bypassed

Fastest Race Lap

Arthur Dobson (ERA E-type), 3m20.0, 99.666 mph, Voiturette, 1939

Type

Temporary road course

Length

5.733 (Miles)

Change

Original Circuit des Planques

Fastest Race Lap

Whitney Straight (Maserati 26M), 3m44.0, 92.138 mph, GP, 1933

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