Le Sarthe, Le Mans, France

Part of the Triple Crown of Motorsport (along with the Monaco Grand Prix and the Indy 500) this 13.6km long circuit uses public roads and dedicated circuit sections to deliver a heady cocktail of speed and atmosphere for the annual 24 Hour Sportscar race.

Ever since the opening in 1921, the Mulsanne Straight has been a ‘top gun’ feature of the circuit at 5 km in length. After speeds reached 400 km/h in 1990 a couple of chicanes were added to slow things up a bit. Also, Le Mans was home to one of the worst motor racing accidents in history, with a total of 80 spectators killed by Pierre Levegh’s Mercedes in 1955.

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By Phil Clark

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