Le Mans

Motor Sport News - - Monsters: Venues -

The race was cre­ated in 1923 and the 24-hour event was de­signed to al­low car mak­ers to show­case ef­fi­ciency and re­li­a­bil­ity.

The cir­cuit was orig­i­nally on barely-made pub­lic roads, and the course ran into the town cen­tre, tak­ing in a hair­pin be­fore the cars set off on the Mul­sanne straight.

The full track ran un­til 1928, when the town cen­tre hair­pin was trun­cated. In 1932, a pur­pose-built sec­tion was built which in­cluded the Dun­lop Curve, the Esses and it re­joined the pub­lic road at Tertre Rouge.

Af­ter the tragedy in 1955, when Pierre Levegh’s Mercedes flew in to the crowds and killed more than 80 fans, the start area was widened. A new sec­tion of track was built in­cor­po­rat­ing the Porsche Curves in 1972. In 1990, the FIA de­creed that it would no longer sanc­tion any cir­cuit that had a straight longer than two kilo­me­tres, and so two chi­canes were added to the Mul­sanne. MJ

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