Track Info

Castle Combe
THE CIRCUIT IS BASED ON THE PERIMETER TRACK OF A FORMER WORLD WAR II AIRFIELD, AND WAS OPENED FOR RACING IN 1950.
Circuit Information

Castle Combe

  • CIRCUIT LENGTH: 1.85 MILES
  • LOCATION: WILTSHIRE, ENGLAND
  • FIRST OPENED: 1950
  • DRIVE THIS CIRCUIT FOR:
    FAST FLOWING CIRCUIT WITH CHICANCES AND QUARRY CORNER, WHICH HAS A REPUTATION FOR BEING ON OF THE MOST DANGEROUS CORNERS IN BRITAIN.
History

THE CASTLE COMBE AIRFIELD OPENED IN MAY 1941 ON LAND OF THE CASTLE COMBE ESTATE, OWNED BY THE GORST FAMILY, OPERATING AS RAF CASTLE COMBE FOR SEVEN YEARS BEFORE BEING DECOMMISSIONED IN 1948. IT WAS A FIGHTER-BASE FOR POLISH AIRMEN. CASTLE COMBE CIRCUIT OPENED IN 1950, AND THE FIRST MEETING WAS STAGED ON 8 JULY BY THE BRISTOL MOTORCYCLE & LIGHT CAR CLUB. OVER THE NEXT FEW YEARS, THE CIRCUIT ATTRACTED STAR NAMES SUCH AS STIRLING MOSS, MIKE HAWTHORN, ROY SALVADORI AND JOHN SURTEES. CASTLE COMBE HAS STAGED MANY DIFFERENT MOTORSPORT DISCIPLINES OVER THE YEARS. IN 1997, NIGEL GREENSALL ESTABLISHED A NEW LAP RECORD. HIS TYRRELL 022 LAPPED THE CIRCUIT AT 130.93 MPH (210.71 KM/H). HOWEVER, THIS WAS THE LAST YEAR THAT THE CIRCUIT WOULD REMAIN UNALTERED. A TRAGIC ACCIDENT INVOLVING THE DEATH OF A SPECTATOR FORCED THE OWNERS INTO INSTALLING TWO NEW CHICANES IN ORDER TO SLOW THE CARS DOWN. THE NEW LAYOUT WAS SLIGHTLY LONGER AT 1.85 MILES (2.98 KM), AND WAS COMPLETED OVER THE WINTER OF 1998-1999. FORMULA THREE RETURNED TO CASTLE COMBE IN 2001. HOWEVER, IT WOULD NOT STAY LONG. IN 2005, THE CIRCUIT WAS ISSUED WITH A NOISE NUISANCE ORDER, WHICH MEANT THAT THE CIRCUIT HAD TO REDUCE ITS NOISE LEVEL. THE BRITISH FORMULA THREE CHAMPIONSHIP AND THE BRITISH GT CHAMPIONSHIP WERE BOTH LOUDER THAN PERMITTED, AND SO WERE PREVENTED FROM RETURNING ISSUED WITH A NOISE NUISANCE ORDER, WHICH MEANT THAT THE CIRCUIT HAD TO REDUCE ITS NOISE LEVEL. THE BRITISH FORMULA THREE CHAMPIONSHIP AND THE BRITISH GT CHAMPIONSHIP WERE BOTH LOUDER THAN PERMITTED, AND SO WERE PREVENTED FROM RETURNING.

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CASTLE COMBE CIRCUIT
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WILTSHIRE
CHIPPENHAM, UK
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