Aix-les-Bains Circuit du Lac


Aix-les-Bains Circuit du Lac
Circuit du Lac Aix les Bains plan.JPG
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Aix-les-Bains, Savoie, France had a temporary race track, called Circuit du Lac, that hosted Formula 2, Formula Junior and Motorcycle Grand Prix races. It hosted events from 1949 to 1961.

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Introduction

The Circuit du Lac d'Aix-les-Bains (the lake race track) was designed along the lake of Aix-les-Bains. Its length, 2,400 m (1.5 mi), was typical of race tracks established in a city.[1][2] A slightly different track[3] was reported to be in use since 1953. It was the sole race track in Savoie - the nearest ones were Geneva's Circuit des Nations, Lausanne's Circuit du Léman, and Lyon. Many drivers and spectators attended from neighboring Switzerland and Italy, and even from the UK.

Racing events

Many races were held from 1949 to 1960:

Automobile

1949 1st Grand Prix du Lac (Formula 2)

Alta Engine

1950 2nd Grand Prix du Lac (Formula 2)

Alta F2

1951 3rd Grand Prix du Lac (Formula 2)

  • winner Rudolf Fisher (CH) with a Ferrari 212/166,
  • followed by Stirling Moss (GB) with an HWM Alta[6]
  • and André Simon with a Simca Gordini T16[7]
  • best lap: Rudolf Fischer, 1min 17sec .3"

1952 4th Grand Prix du Lac (Formula 2)

Maserati-Plate 4CLT/48

1953 5th Grand Prix du Lac (Formula 2)


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1960 Circuit Prix du Lac (Formula junior)

  • The race had to be stopped after the collapse, on the race track, of a bridgeway built for the media and the organizing committee. This led to the crash of the ELVA of Chris Threlfall in the remains of the structure, killing him on the spot as well as 4 other spectators. The race was cancelled without results being published.[11]

This will be the last event on this race track....

Motorcycle

  • In 1950: winner in 125cc : Jacques Vaque with MV Agusta, in 350cc : Georges Monneret with AJS, in 500cc : Nello Pagani, (Italy) with Gilera and in sidecar : Hans Haldemann / Josef Albisser, (Switzerland) with Norton.
  • In 1951: winner in 350cc : Werner Gerber (Switzerland) on AJS, in 500cc : Werner Gerber (Switzerland) on Gilera and in sidecar : Eric Oliver / Lorenzo Dobelli, (UK/Italy) on Norton.
MV Agusta 350
  • In 1952 : winner in 350cc : Werner Gerber (Switzerland) on AJS, in 500cc : Werner Gerber (Switzerland) on AJS and in sidecar : Jacques Drion / Bob Onslow, (UK) on Norton.
  • In 1953 : winner in 175cc : Gaston Gaury on Morini, in 350cc : Pierre Monneret on AJS, in 500cc : Giuseppe Colnago, (Italy) on Gilera and in sidecar : Eric Oliver / Stan Dibben, (UK) on Norton.
  • In 1954 : winner in 175cc : René Bétemps on MV Agusta, in 350cc : Luigi Taveri, (Switzerland) on Norton, in 500cc : Werner Gerber, (Switzerland) on Norton, and in sidecar : Hans Haldemann / Luigi Taveri, (Switzerland) on Norton.
  • In 1955 : the accident in Le Mans will cause many event cancellations.
  • In 1956 : new safety rules prevent old tracks to be used without major safety modifications..

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  • In 1960 : the race is canceled because of a Formula Junior accident that happened four days before.
  • In 1961 : the event is canceled.

References

  1. ^ [1] map 1
  2. ^ [2] map 2
  3. ^ [3] (fr) Map 1953
  4. ^ [4] Formula 2 1949
  5. ^ [5] Formula 2 1950
  6. ^ [6] HWM Alta
  7. ^ [7] Formule 2 1951
  8. ^ [8] Formula 2 1952
  9. ^ [9] (fr) Elie Bayol
  10. ^ [10] Osca 20
  11. ^ [11] Details of the accident

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