Pembrey Circuit

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Senna at Pembrey

McLaren frequently used Pembrey for testing - here is Senna at the wheel.


Upcoming Historic Racing

No historic racing showing on the Pembrey calendar in 2018, at the time of writing.

Circuit History

When the Llandow circuit near Cardiff closed down the Welsh Race Drivers’ Association was formed with the objective of developing a new circuit in Wales. At the same time the former RAF airfield at Pembrey which had previously been a chicken farm was acquired by Llanelli Borough Council. The WRDA made the case for the area being used as a circuit and came up trumps - the first race meeting being held on the 21st May 1989 with an MGB taking the chequered flag in the first race. In 1990 the BARC signed a 50 year lease to operate the circuit on behalf of Carmarthenshire County Council.


Circuit Highlights

• Park Straight - Honda curve which leads to Park Straight is a quick right hander so Park Straight itself sees some high speed.

• Hatchetts Hairpin is a 160 corner with run-offs.

• Spitfires is a sharp right leading to the more gentle left hander Dibeni Bend.

• Paddock is a long left.

• The Esses aren’t really esses at all. A slight right bend with little if any need for braking.

• Brooklands hairpin also isn’t really a hairpin - more of a tight right hander.

• Speedway Straight - leads to Woodlands which is a flat out right kink in the straight.

In Car Video

Where To Watch

Pembrey can be wet and windy but the circuit is a good one for spectators. As another old airfield you can expect good views across the circuit.


• Park Straight has outfield viewing.

• Hatchetts Hairpin is a great place to watch. The cars arrive at high speed and slow down enough for you to see some close action.

• Paddock has views from outfield banking.

• Esses has views from outfield banking.

• Speedway Straight and Woodlands are quick so not the best place to watch unless you want speed.

• Honda Curve - also quick but you do get some last lap action here as drivers make final desperate attempts to get position.

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