CASTLE COMBE

http://www.castlecombecircuit.co.uk

Chippenham

Wiltshire

SN14 7EY

Tel: 01249 782417

Fax: 01249 782392

Stirling Moss at Castle Combe

Stirling Moss - Castle Combe, October 1950

 

Upcoming Historic Racing

May 1st - HSCC Historic Formula 3 and Classic Clubman.

 

July 16th - HRDC at the BRSCC Meeting - featuring Academy, Allstars, A-Series Challenge and Touring Greats, Coombs, TC63 and Coy's pre '66.

 

Oct 7th - Autumn Classic.

Circuit History

Castle Combe Circuit opened on July 8th 1950 just 18 months after Silverstone, making it one of the longest established circuits in the UK. Like Silverstone the circuit owes its origins to the RAF - RAF Castle Combe functioned for 7 years from 1941 primarily as a practice landing ground for nearby RAF Hullavington. Until 1999, the circuit followed it's original layout, around the perimeter of the old air base. In that first year, a young Stirling Moss won a race and over the next few years, names like Mike Hawthorn, Colin Chapman, Les Leston, Roy Salvadori and John Surtees thrilled huge crowds.

 

By the 60's, several planning constraints had seen the circuit become run down and although the old Brands Hatch company, Motor Circuit Developments tried hard to develop meetings in the early 70's with Formula 5000 and other major events, planning problems prevented long term development. However in 1976, the circuit lease was obtained by the current owners and the long road to developing the circuit as a modern national racing venue began. Nigel Mansell, Ayrton Senna, and David Coulthard all won races in the 70's and 80's, and by the 90's, the circuit hosted rounds of most of the national championships.

 

Today, the circuit boasts modern facilities for competitors and spectators, and the resurfaced and now reshaped circuit providing what is generally recognised as providing the closest circuit racing in British motorsport.

Circuit Highlights

Castle Combe is fast and exciting - a highly popular driver’s circuit. The track is just about 2 miles long.

 

1. Start/Finish Straight - just a small blast between the Camp and Folly bends.

2. Folly rises slightly uphill from the straight - a slight right bend but taken more as a straight.

3. Avon Rise - a quick left hander, rising uphill with no braking.

4. Quarry - lots of braking into a sharp right hander - catches a lot of people out.

5. Farm Straight - another short straight.

6. The Esses are a short left curve into a right-left flick.

7. Old Paddock Bend - fast long right hand bend.

8. Hammerdown - great name for this long left curve.

9. Tower - can be unforgiving with little run-off area.

10. Bobbies - can be taken flat if the line is right and you have no other cars around you.

11. Westway - high speed flick.

12. Camp Corner - popular place for exchanging paintwork.

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Where To Watch

Castle Combe is a hugely popular spectator circuit and quite rightly so. Well worth a visit. There is plenty of banking to view from and facilities are decent enough.

 

• Folly is a good place to watch both the Start/Finish Straight and the bend itself. Raised banking gives a good view.

• Avon Rise has viewing on the outfield. Avon and Quarry are hard corners to get right so this viewing area often has plenty of action for spectators.

• Old Paddock bend has outfield banking and is a good place to watch overtaking moves.

• Hammerdown - place to go if you just want to see the cars flat out - outfield viewing.

• Tower Corner has outfield banking which is nice and close to the track - great palce to watch.

• Camp Corner - possibly the most popular viewing point on the circuit.

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