After Magny Cours was set up in 1960 as a kart track it rapidly evolved into a racetrack of national status and later gained its international reputation with the French F1 Grand Prix in 1991, which it hosted in many years after. Today it is a very modern, smooth circuit with good facilities.
Magny-Cours has also hosted several international championships, like the World Sportscar Championship, World Touring Car Championship, FIA GT Championship, World Series by Renault, Formula 3 Euroseries and Superbike World Championship. Also, the FFSA GT Championship has visited the circuit since 1997.
In 2006, Michael Schumacher became the first driver ever to win any single Formula One Grand Prix a total of 8 times and at the same circuit, Magny Cours.
Unusually, many corners are modelled on famous turns from other circuits, and are named after those circuits, e.g. the fast Estoril corner, the Nürburgring chicane and the Adelaide hairpin. It has a mix of slow hairpins and high-speed chicane sections, which includes a long fast straight into the first-gear Adelaide hairpin, the best overtaking opportunity on the circuit. The circuit is very flat with negligible change in elevation (only a small valley at the Estoril corner and a slight hill near the Lycee corner).
With its modern facilities, the circuit is a perfect venue for endurance racing. If you want to join us on this historic circuit, we will be happy to assist you.