Race car driving or Auto Racing refers to motorsport, which involves the racing of automobiles for competition. Since the invention of the automobile, automobile race car driving has existed. Races were organised with the first recorded as early as the 19th century. However, specialist race cars were not developed until the 1930s.
Race car driving has become a very popular sport, for both drivers and the audience. There is nothing more exhilarating than watching your favourite race car or race car driver tearing down a race track at high speeds. There are several notable racing venues around the world where you can watch your favourite race car driver or race car competition. These famous race car venues include:
NüRBURGING NORDSCHLEIFE, GERMANY
One of the most renowned road car tracks globally, it would be impossible to create a list without mentioning Nürburging. The legendary circuit situated in the German town of Nürburg has a profound history in the race car driving world. It is one of the longest and most challenging race tracks globally. With 154 corners and a length of 21 kilometres, the “Green Hell’ as it is popularly known as is a challenge for many race car drivers as one lap is almost impossible to complete in under seven minutes.
This track is used in significant race car competitions around the globe and has a spectator capacity of 150,000.
CIRCUIT DE SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS, BELGIUM:
The Belgian Grand Prix is held on this track as well as other race car competitions all year long. The stunning track which is located in the Ardennes area has a profound history in F1 and motorcar racing. The Circuit De Spa-Francorchamps race car track is widely known for its corners which include the Eau Rouge and Pouhon.
While the track can be driven even by amateur race car drivers, there are however challenges which make race car driving here daunting; this includes its hilly twisted character as well as its always changing weather conditions.
SILVERSTONE CIRCUIT, UNITED KINGDOM:
Often referred to as the home of British Motorsports, the Silverstone is one of the most famous race car Circuits in the United Kingdom. It has some of the most challenging corners in Formula one racing, these include; the Copse and Maggots complex. Over the years, its layout has however changed; despite this, it still holds its place as one of the few old circuits in race car driving around the world.
The Silverstone Circuit is quite a busy track with championships such as the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA), the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) to mention a few.
CIRCUIT DE MONACO:
The city-state of Monaco shares three borders with France, which is home to one of the best street-tracks in the world. The Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix is held annually in the city of Monaco. Since its debut in Formula One racing in 1950, very little has changed about the Principality of Monaco, however, the route has remained challenging to master. Its fast corners and barriers which surround the circuit all account for this difficulty in mastering the terrain.
In May the streets are closed to the public on a weekend which allows the racers to compete without restrictions and give spectators a mind-blowing view of the race.
CIRCUIT DE LA SARTHE, FRANCE:
Home to both famous and infamous races, the Circuit de la Sarthe is home to the 24Hours of Le Mans race car competition. Since its first race in 1923, the Le Mans racing event has been held every year since 1949. The Circuit De La Sarthe track is both a race track and also contains public roads.
It challenges the skills of drivers, particularly with regards cutting its corners such as the Dunlop Curve and the Esses to mention a few. Popularly known as the Circuit des Heures du Mans, the Circuit de la Sarthe race track is semi-permanent and situated in Le Mans, a town in France.
AUTODORM NAZIONALE Monza, ITALY:
The Autodorm Nazionale Monza is one of the oldest F1 circuits, having hosted the most Championship races. This track is a swift one and is made up of straights and tricky barriers. The Formula One Italian Grand Prix is held yearly in Monza, and it is the most important event for the Monza race track which is located near Milan. Since the F1 series, the F1 Italian Grand Prix which is one of the longest running events on the F1 calendar has always held in Milan except in 1980.
SUZUKA INTERNATIONAL RACING COURSE, JAPAN:
The Suzuka international racing course is Japan’s first international racing course and a significant tourist attraction for the nation. A unique figure of eight layouts as well a range with various corners, Suzuka plays host to several racing competitions in Japan. Suzuka also has a history in the motorsport competition hall of fame as it is notably known for the Aryton Senna and Alain Prost’s 1898 collision.
MOUNT PANORAMA CIRCUIT, AUSTRALIA:
Popularly known as Bathrust, Mount Panorama makes the list of worlds’ famous race tracks globally. It is a street track with several sharp corners, long straights which allow for speed as well as steep inclines. These features are what make racing on Mount Panorama challenging for race car drivers. Mount Panorama hosts the renowned Bathurst 12 Hour and Bathurst 1000 races.
WEATHERTECH RACEWAY LAGUNA SECA, CALIFORNIA:
Formerly known as the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, the WeatherTech Raceway now named after the new WaterTech sponsor is the best racetrack in California playing host to sports car and motorbikes racing competitions. Constructed in 1957, the WaterTech runway is a 2.238-mile track with 11 turns, the most famous being “The Corkscrew.
AUTÓDROMO JOSÉ CARLOS PACE, BRAZIL:
Formerly known as the Interlagos, the Autódromo José Carlos Pace hosts the Brazilian Grand Prix as well as other racing competitions around the nation throughout the year. With its quick bends and long straights which provide fascinating track actions, this track has a notable history in F1 moments, notably Sienna’s first win in his home soil in 1991 and Lewis Hamilton’s success in 2008.
Motorsport races are exciting and thrilling, and nothing compares to the feeling of watching these racing competitions first hand. These are some of the best race tracks to watch your favourite drivers and teams compete around the world. If you are a true F1 fan, visiting all these venues should be somewhere near the top of your bucket list.