Montlhery 662

Montlhery

Designed by Raymond Jamin and built in 1924 as a 33-degree banked oval, the road course was completed a year later in time to hold the French Grand Prix.

Country
France
Location
Montlhery, Ile-de-France
Latest Race
First Race

Designed by Raymond Jamin and built in 1924 as a 33-degree banked oval, the road course was completed a year later in time to hold the French Grand Prix. Although Antonio Ascari was tragically killed during that race, Montlhery had already become France’s leading GP circuit. In 1934, Louis Chiron scored an unexpected victory for Alfa Romeo against the debut of the much-vaunted Mercedes-Benz and Auto Union teams, but the tide was clearly turning in Germany’s favour. Rather than suffer the inevitable German wins, the organisers turned to sports cars for the French GP in 1936 and ‘37. It was not a popular move and Montlhery lost the 1938 race to Reims, never to regain it. Organisers introduced the Paris 1000Kms sports car race after the war but an accident in 1964 left two drivers and three officials dead. The circuit fell into decline and closed in 1973. After a lengthy absence from international motor racing, the Paris 1000Kms was revived in 1994 as part of the new FIA GT series although the course proved too bumpy and Montlhery dropped once more from the international calendar a year later.

Circuit

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Type

Permanent road course

Length

2.116 (Miles)

Description

Combined oval and Les Deux Ponts road course with three chicanes on the banking

Fastest Race Lap

Bob Wollek (Porsche 911 Bi-turbo), 1m21.99, 92.909 mph, GT, 1995

Fastest Qualifying Lap

Michel Ferte (Venturi 600LM), 1m20.43, 94.711 mph, GT, 1994

Type

Permanent road course

Length

4.837 (Miles)

Description

Paris 1000Kms circuit. Combined oval and Cote Lapize road course

Type

Permanent road course

Length

3.107 (Miles)

Description

Combined oval and Quatre Bornes road course

Fastest Race Lap

Bob Wollek (Porsche 911 Bi-turbo), 1m21.99, 92.909 mph, GT, 1995

Fastest Qualifying Lap

Michel Ferte (Venturi 600LM), 1m20.43, 94.711 mph, GT, 1994

Road Circuit

1935 - 1973

Type

Permanent road course

Length

4.7 (Miles)

Description

Road circuit

Premiere Circuit

1935 - 1973

Type

Permanent road course

Length

2.076 (Miles)

Description

Chicanes built after startline and west banking

Fastest Race Lap

Louis Chiron (Alfa Romeo Tipo-B "P3"), 5m06.0, 91.376 mph, GP, 1934

Fastest Qualifying Lap

Louis Chiron (Alfa Romeo Tipo-B "P3"), 5m06.0, 91.376 mph, GP, 1934

Combined Road And Track Circuit

1935 - 1973

Type

Permanent road course

Length

3.904 (Miles)

Description

Combined oval and Couard road course

Oval

1924 - 1973

Type

Paved oval

Length

1.55 (Miles)

Description

Oval

Full Grand Prix Circuit

1924 - 1950

Type

Permanent road course

Length

7.767 (Miles)

Description

Full Grand Prix circuit. 3 chicanes were introduced for 1935 Grand Prix but official circuit length remained unaltered

Fastest Race Lap

Louis Chiron (Alfa Romeo Tipo-B "P3"), 5m06.0, 91.376 mph, GP, 1934

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