Di­jon to host FIA Masters His­toric F1 Cham­pi­onship fi­nale

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Men­tion the Di­jon-prenois cir­cuit and most For­mula 1 fans will im­me­di­ately think of the 1979 French Grand Prix, when Gilles Vil­leneuve and René Arnoux bat­tled for se­cond place in one of the most spec­tac­u­lar con­clu­sions to an F1 race ever seen. The Fer­rari and Re­nault banged wheels sev­eral times be­fore Vil­leneuve wres­tled the Fer­rari 312T4 to the flag 0.24s in front of the Re­nault RS10.

This Oc­to­ber, pe­riod For­mula 1 cars will re­turn to the un­du­lat­ing and iconic French track for the fi­nal two races of the sea­son for the FIA Masters His­toric For­mula 1 Cham­pi­onship.

Although it’s now 34 years since con­tem­po­rary F1 ap­peared at Di­jon, the re­cently re­fur­bished track re­mains a pop­u­lar des­ti­na­tion for his­toric rac­ing, and the an­nual Di­jon Mo­tors Cup in mid-oc­to­ber is a sea­sonal high­light.

This year the Masters or­gan­i­sa­tion has cho­sen Di­jon as the set­ting for the sea­son fi­nale for the His­toric For­mula One Cham­pi­onship, and the races form rounds 15 and 16 of the sched­ule. At the mid-point of the sea­son Greg Thorn­ton (Lo­tus 77 and March 761) and Nick Pad­more (Wil­liams FW07C) are lead­ing the two di­vi­sions, but dou­ble-head­ers at the Nür­bur­gring, Zand­voort and Spa will shape the sit­u­a­tion be­fore the de­cid­ing races at Di­jon.

A full sup­port­ing pro­gramme also in­cludes the fi­nal two races of the sea­son for the His­toric For­mula 2 FIA In­ter­na­tional Se­ries, when lo­cal racer Robert Si­mac will aim to se­cure a sixth straight ti­tle in his ex-jean­pierre Jaus­saud March 712M.

Arnoux and Vil­leneuve do bat­tle at Di­jon in 1979 and the French track will host pe­riod F1 cars in Oc­to­ber

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