Crystal Palace 251

Crystal Palace

London’s Crystal Palace circuit was a twisting road course in its original form.

Country
Britain
Location
Anerley Hill, Sydenham, London
Co-ordinates
51.421590, -0.068736
Latest Race
First Race

London’s Crystal Palace circuit was a twisting road course in its original form. But when it reopened after the war, the Royal Automobile Club’s Competition Committee ruled that the sinuous infield was too tight, so it was bypassed, making the course essentially an oval with kinks. The proximity of houses meant that it only ever held a limited number of races each year, and eventually noise and safety concerns forced the Greater London Council to close Crystal Palace in 1972. That year’s final visit of the European Formula 2 Championship resulted in a win for Jody Scheckter in the unique McLaren M21.

Circuit

Type

Permanent road course

Length

1.39 (Miles)

Description

Startline moved to Terrace Straight

Fastest Race Lap

Mike Hailwood (Surtees TS10-Ford), 48.4s, 103.389 mph, F2, 1972

Fastest Qualifying Lap

Francois Cevert (March 722-Ford), 48.8s, 102.541 mph, F2, 1972

Type

Permanent road course

Length

1.39 (Miles)

Description

Infield section bypassed by new link road from Park to Stadium Curve

Type

Permanent road course

Length

2 (Miles)

Description

Original circuit

Fastest Race Lap

Mike Hailwood (Surtees TS10-Ford), 48.4s, 103.389 mph, F2, 1972

Fastest Qualifying Lap

Francois Cevert (March 722-Ford), 48.8s, 102.541 mph, F2, 1972

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