2004 Circuit Driver Guide to European Race Circuits
Bored with Brit cuisine? La Source is more your scene? There has never been a better time for track-day fans and historic racers to visit European circuits. Publishers Circuit Driver now produce a guide to European tracks that includes corner-by-corner descriptions, as well as the all-important booking details for the circuit and nearby hotels and tourist offices. Including as it does many UK circuits, it’s also of great relevance to the British Club Racer as well as European competitors running in UK events.
Those of you recently starting out on a race track will be familiar with that hollow feeling in the stomach of arriving at a corner at tremendous velocity with no real idea of the correct line through it. Bar-room braggadocio of the previous evening soon disappears faced with the Silverstone GP circuit in a Ferrari 360 or Caterham Superlight. It’s not as easy as it is looks on TV. To rub it in, all those regular racers that you had confidently envisaged disappearing in your mirror seemed to have gained another 100bhp and effortlessly run away from you around the twisty bits. The awesome engine you’ve prepared over the winter is making the situation worse – those pesky corners arrive even sooner.
These guides are a way (together with driver-training and endless practice) of getting even with the others, they clearly and methodically run through the whole circuit describing braking-points, turn-in and exit lines to make it as smooth – and therefore fast – as possible. You feel happier, drive more confidently and start to enjoy things a lot more.
The other big plus is for the intrepid overseas racer (to or from the UK) where all the information you may need on booking testing and accommodation (and hospitals, which you shouldn’t need if you’ve read your guide correctly…) is included.
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The complete Euro Circuit Guide set comes in a hardy ring-bound folder, and is available at £34.99 plus post and packing direct from Circuit Driver. In addition to their European one, the publishers also produce guides to UK circuits only, as well as one for British and European karting tracks. The two-wheeled fraternity are covered by a dedicated motorcycle guide that included a 55-page chapter on the legendary Isle of Man TT course.
Review by - Steve Wakefield