Circuit Bremgarten


Circuit Bremgarten

Coordinates: 46°57′00″N 7°24′39″E / 46.95°N 7.41083°E / 46.95; 7.41083

Circuit Bremgarten
Bremgarten
Location Bern, Switzerland
Time zone GMT +1
Major events Formula One (1950-1955)
Grand Prix motorcycle racing (1949, 1951-1954)
Length 7.28 km (4.524 mi)
Turns ?
Lap record 2:39.7, 164.108 km/h (Juan Manuel Fangio, Mercedes-Benz, 1954)

The Circuit Bremgarten was a 7.28 km (4.524-mi) race course in Bern, Switzerland which formerly hosted the Formula One Swiss Grand Prix and the Swiss motorcycle Grand Prix.

Bremgarten was built as a motorcycle racing track in 1931 in the Bremgartenwald (Bremgarten forest) in the north of Bern. The circuit itself has no true straight; it is a collection of high-speed corners. It hosted its first automobile race in 1934, which claimed the life of driver Hugh Hamilton. In 1948 it claimed the life of Italian racer Achille Varzi. From the outset, Bremgarten's tree-lined roads, often poor light conditions and changes in road surface made for what was acknowledged to be a very dangerous circuit, especially in the wet.

Bremgarten has not hosted an official motorsport event since 1955, when spectator racing sports, with the exception of hillclimbing and rallying, were banned in Switzerland following the 1955 Le Mans disaster. Although there was a 1982 Swiss Grand Prix, it took place in Dijon, France. On June 6, 2007 an amendment to lift the ban was passed by the lower house of the Swiss parliament, 97 in favour and 77 opposed.[1] The act still has to pass the upper house, which has previously voted down similar proposals.[2]

Motorcycle racing

The Grand Prix of Bern took place at Bremgarten from 1931 to 1937 and also in 1947 and 1948. In August 1931 the Bern (Swiss) Grand Prix took place and the Irish motorcyclist Stanley Woods won the 500cc event on a Norton. He won three more events here; 1932 350cc and 500cc races and 1933 500cc race also on a Norton. Jimmie Guthrie won the 350cc and 500cc races in 1937.

The Bremgarten Circuit was one of the original rounds of the Grand Prix motorcycle World Championship during the inaugural season of 1949 and from 1951 to 1954. Famous riders who raced here included: Hans Stärkle, Freddie Frith and Geoff Duke.[3] Italian racer Omobono Tenni was killed at Bremgarten during practice for the 1948 event.

Notes

  1. ^ UpdateF1 >> Formula 1 News > Switzerland lifts motor racing ban
  2. ^ F1 News > Hold your horsepower
  3. ^ http://www.gpbernrevival.ch/e/history/g_hintergrund_e.html (visited 26 June 2006)

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