Enna-Pergusa 1471

Enna-Pergusa

This high-speed slipstreaming circuit is built around Lake Pergusa in an arid and stifling bowl in central Sicily.

Country
Italy
Location
Pergusa, Sicily
Latest Race
First Race

This high-speed slipstreaming circuit is built around Lake Pergusa in an arid and stifling bowl in central Sicily. On the original layout, drivers would only really brake for the first corner, but it has been interrupted by three chicanes since the mid 1970s, the first of which is almost certain to cause an opening lap shunt. The Mediterranean Grand Prix began as a non-championship Formula 1 race in 1962, and two years later Jo Siffert won the first of two successive victories, narrowly beating Jim Clark on both occasions. The race was a permanent fixture on the Formula 2 and F3000 calendars until the FIA decided that its second-tier races should exclusively support F1. Enna has also been threatened by environmental pressure, as it is just two miles from an area of natural interest. A swarm of baby frogs was killed during practice for the 1996 F3000 race, and two years later environmentalists threatened to disrupt the event until a compromise was reached with just 10 days to spare.

Circuit

Type

Permanent road course

Length

3.076 (Miles)

Description

Schumacher Chicane built before Curvone

Fastest Race Lap

Nicola Larini (Riley & Scott Mk3-Judd), 1m31.728, 120.722 mph, sports cars, 1999

Fastest Qualifying Lap

Augusto Farfus jr (Lola B99/50-Zytek), 1m30.578, 122.255 mph, F3000, 2003

Type

Permanent road course

Length

3.076 (Miles)

Description

Variante Vivalo built at first corner, used for 1975 F2 race (but not sports cars)

Fastest Race Lap

Christian Pescatori (Reynard 93D-Cosworth), 1m25.157, 130.038 mph, F3000, 1994

Fastest Qualifying Lap

Franck Lagorce (Reynard 94D-Cosworth), 1m24.159, 131.579 mph, F3000, 1994

Type

Permanent road course

Length

3.011 (Miles)

Description

Second chicane built

Type

Permanent road course

Length

3.01 (Miles)

Description

Variante Prosperina inserted immediately after the old start, pits moved to current location

Fastest Race Lap

Christian Pescatori (Reynard 93D-Cosworth), 1m25.157, 130.038 mph, F3000, 1994

Fastest Qualifying Lap

Franck Lagorce (Reynard 94D-Cosworth), 1m24.159, 131.579 mph, F3000, 1994

Type

Permanent road course

Length

2.983 (Miles)

Description

Original circuit, no chicanes

Fastest Race Lap

Nicola Larini (Riley & Scott Mk3-Judd), 1m31.728, 120.722 mph, sports cars, 1999

Fastest Qualifying Lap

Augusto Farfus jr (Lola B99/50-Zytek), 1m30.578, 122.255 mph, F3000, 2003

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