Travel

Mick Hannick

Wed Oct 09 2013 23:55:49 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

Zandvoort Circuit. Netherlands.

Mick Hannick

Wed Sep 04 2013 13:10:37 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

Talladega Superspeedway (formerly Alabama International Motor Speedway) is a motorsports complex located north of Talladega, Alabama, United States. It is located on the former Anniston Air Force Base just outside the small city of Lincoln. The Track is a Tri-oval and was constructed by International Speedway Corporation, a business controlled by the France Family, in the 1960s.

Talladega is most known for its steep banking and the unique location of the start/finish line - which is closer to turn one than at Daytona. The track currently hosts the NASCAR series such as the Sprint Cup Series, Nationwide Series, and the Camping World Truck Series.

Talladega Superspeedway is the longest NASCAR oval with a length of 2.66 miles, and the track also has a seating capacity of 175,000 spectators.

Mick Hannick

Thu Aug 15 2013 14:07:11 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

Biķernieku forest race track, Riga, Latvia. Looks beautiful!

Mick Hannick

Thu Aug 15 2013 14:13:51 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

Turn 10 at Road Atlanta, chasing a spec Miata, GTR, and a 911 Carrera S.

Mick Hannick

Mon Jul 15 2013 19:46:51 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

Viper ACR flogging around the 'Ring.

Mick Hannick

Sat Mar 16 2013 15:25:14 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

The Mugello circuit is a 3.3 mile circuit, which is mainly used for MotoGP and DTM. The track is owned by Ferrari so it often gets used as a test circuit for the F1 giant. It has a total of 15 corners which mainly consist of medium and high speed bends, with only a few hard braking points. This year will be the first year that a full F1 grid will get to test out the circuit. Some admitted it was a surprise to see it being chosen, but it offers alot of things and will test the car, yet still be able to test new components.

Mick Hannick

Fri Feb 15 2013 23:19:11 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

Circuit Mont-Tremblant is a 2.65 mi race circuit about 8.1 mi north of the village of Mont-Tremblant, Quebec, Canada. The name of the village of Saint-Jovite was often included in the name of the circuit, but the village was amalgamated in 2000 into Mont-Tremblant so it doesn't exist any more as an independent entity.

Mick Hannick

Sun Feb 03 2013 21:01:10 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

The Nürburgring is a motorsports complex around the village of Nürburg, Germany. It is located about 70 km (43 mi) south of Cologne, and 120 km (75 mi) northwest of Frankfurt. It features a Grand Prix race track built in 1984, and a much longer old "Northern loop" track which was built in the 1920s around the village and medieval castle of Nürburg in the Eifel mountains. The old track was nicknamed "The Green Hell" by Jackie Stewart, and is widely considered as the most demanding and difficult purpose-built racing circuit in the world.

Mick Hannick

Sun Feb 03 2013 21:05:45 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

Designed as a Honda test track in 1962 by Dutchman John Hugenholtz, Suzuka is one of few circuits in the world to have a "figure 8" layout, with the back straight passing over the front section by means of an overpass.

The circuit has been modified three times:

In 1983 a chicane was put at the last curve to slow the cars into the pit straight and the Degner curve was made into two corners instead of one long curve; the circuit was also made considerably safer in 1983 by adding more crash barriers, more run-off areas and removing straw bales leading into vegetation;

In 2002, the chicane was slightly modified, 130R (marked as 15 on the diagram) was also modified and some of the Snake curves were made a bit straighter and faster;

In 2003, the chicane was made slightly faster and closer to the 130R.[2]

The circuit can be used in three configurations; the full circuit, the "Suzuka East" and "Suzuka West" configuration. The "East" portion of the course consists of the pit straight to the first half of the Dunlop curve (turn 7), before leading back to the pit straight via a tight right-hander. The "West" course is made up of the other part of the full circuit, including the crossover bridge.

Mick Hannick

Sun Feb 03 2013 21:11:27 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

Mazda Miatas attempt to negotiate the infamous Corkscrew at Laguna Seca.

Mick Hannick

Sun Feb 03 2013 21:14:13 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca (previously known as Laguna Seca Raceway) is a paved road racing track used for both auto racing and motorcycle racing, originally constructed in 1957 near both Salinas and Monterey, California, USA.

The current racetrack is 2.238 miles (3.602 km) in length with a 180 feet (55 m) elevation change. It has eleven turns, including the famous "Corkscrew" at Turns 8 and 8A. A variety of racing, exhibition and entertainment events are held at the raceway, ranging from superkarts to sports car racing to music festivals.

The name Laguna Seca is Spanish for "dry lagoon". The area where the track is was originally a lake. The course was originally built around the lake, which has since dried up entirely. An artificial pond has since been added.

Mick Hannick

Sat Jan 26 2013 15:47:44 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

Yas Marina Circuit was unveiled on 30 October 2009 with the final race of the Formula One™ World Championship – the inaugural Formula 1™ Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – to a crowd of around 50,000.

After two years of intensive planning and construction, which involved 14,000 staff and 35 million construction manhours, the versatile facility opened its doors to a captivated public. The whole of UAE was eager to take in the beautiful landscaping, traditional Arabic culture and welcoming hospitality alongside sensational on-track action. Yas Marina Circuit would encourage the growth of sporting culture in the UAE and soon become the centre for motorsport excellence in the Middle East.

Though still in its formative years and continuously growing in its offerings, Yas Marina Circuit is considered one of the most technologically advanced circuits in the world. As a training ground and home for motorsports success in the Middle East, it is Yas Marina Circuit’s ambition to have a UAE national competing as a driver in F1™ within 10 years.

Mick Hannick

Thu Jan 17 2013 14:59:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

The venerable Monaco Grand Prix. The jewel in Formula 1's crown. The dash through the Principality's tortuous streets is the most prestigious on the calendar; it stands on a pedestal, almost distinct from the sport from which it was born. It's the social event of the season, but Monte Carlo is also one of the most challenging destinations on the calendar. The two-mile lap may be the shortest seen all year, but still places extreme demands on the car and requires a unique set-up. First and foremost, Monaco is a street circuit with the lap itself is dominated by slow speed corners and undulations playing havoc. Evocative corners, such as Lowes, Chicane and Rascasse are all taken in either first or second gear, so not only are the brakes worked considerably harder in Monaco than anywhere else, but the number of gear shifts made reaches over 4,000, approximately 500 more than at any other track. With speeds dipping to as low as 28mph on the entry to corners such as the Lowes hairpin, good traction to power the car out of the exit is crucial to set a competitive lap time. With just 45% of the circuit driven at full throttle, the longest period lasting just eight seconds through the tunnel where speeds peak at 180mph, drivers record the lowest average lap speed of all races at Monaco so engines are given a relatively easy ride over the weekend. The proximity of the barriers leaves no room for error and there are no straights along which they can relax. Overtaking is virtually impossible, which places extra importance on Saturday afternoon's qualifying session. Grid position is crucial. Add the glamour of the Monaco harbour and a handful of A-list celebrities into the mix and you have one of the biggest sporting events in the world. In summary, the playground of the rich and famous transforms itself into one of the season's greatest challenges, where only the best reap the reward.

Mick Hannick

Thu Jan 17 2013 15:03:08 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

Road Atlanta is recognized as one of the world’s best road courses. The multi-purpose motor sports facility is situated on 750 park-like acres in the rolling hills of Northeast Georgia.
The facility is utilized for a wide variety of events, including professional and amateur sports car and motorcycle races, racing and driving schools, corporate programs and testing for motorsports teams.

Road Atlanta is host to major events like Petit Le Mans and the Superbike Showdown, and is home to the Skip Barber Racing School and the Saab Aero Academy.

Mick Hannick

Fri Jan 11 2013 17:32:43 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

Silverstone Circuit in England from above. Silverstone is the current home of the British Grand Prix, which it first hosted in 1948. The 1950 British Grand Prix at Silverstone was the first race in the newly-created Formula One World Championship.

Mick Hannick

Fri Jan 11 2013 17:13:09 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

Circuit De Catalunya in Barcelona.

Building for the Barcelona circuit started in 1989 and finished just days before the F1 championship rolled into town in September 1991, The whole of F1 was impressed by the track and Barcelona and Catalunya have become the home of F1 in Barcelona ever since.

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