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Designed and built as a Formula 1 circuit, Jerez has witnessed some of the all-time classic battles and races over time. Track day drivers can expect to enjoy a unique, old school Spainish driver's race track with everything needed to keep you wanting more.
At 2.8 miles long, drivers are given plenty of opportunity to test their skills in the picturesque surroundings just south of Seville.
Let’s find out some more, shall we?
Address: Circuito de Jerez, Carretera de Arcos, km 10 Apartado de Correos, 1709 Jerez, Spain
Circuit Type: Permanent road course
Jerez is a technical circuit with excellent facilities. Expect fast double right handers, undulation and some really exciting elements that make this a standout circuit to visit in Europe and a rare opportunity to drive.
Hosting top motor racing events (former home of the Spanish Grand Prix), Jerez really is a highlight of the want2race calendar. The difficulty of the corners and apex bends are the perfect test of both car and driver, are you up to the challenge?
As previously mentioned, Jerez is located just south of Seville, which to be frank, is a huge attraction in visiting this track. In the province of Cadiz, the nearest airport is Jerez Airport, with connecting flights to Madrid, Barcelona and Mallorca available.
Even better, the airport is a mere 15-minute drive from the track itself.
Arriving by car couldn’t be easier, Jerez circuit is located alongside the A-382 motorway. Drivers should take Exit 3 then simply follow signs to the circuit. Free parking is available on-site.
If you’re arriving by train, Jerez train station is no more than six miles away from the track, and has daily connections with other areas in Andalusia, Madrid and a number of Spanish cities.
As alluded to earlier, Jerez is the former home of the Spanish Grand Prix. In a bid to promote tourism in the area, the Mayor commissioned a new racing circuit back in 1985.
By 1986, the track was ready for competitive action. Incredibly, its first Formula One appearance resulted in one of the most famous battles in the history of the competition.
Ayrton Senna and Nigel Mansell finished side by side, with the former winning one of the closest F1 races in history by 0.014 seconds.
The following year, Mansell would make up for his near miss by taking the chequered flag. The world-famous race would stay in Jerez until 1990, with its remote location unable to attract the large crowds needed to compete other circuits across the world.
Don’t let that stop you from booking on for one of our track days. Many of our drivers often boast of how the remote location adds to the experience.
In its last F1 race ever, Martin Donnelly’s Lotus was destroyed in a high-speed crash, with the Briton being ejected from his car. He survived, but never raced in Formula One again. Fear not, our instructors are on hand to observe your every move.
Funnily enough, the track has no such problems in attracting MotoGP fans, with up to 200,000 turning out each year to take in the spectacle.
In 1994, Jerez was listed as the venue for the European F1 Grand Prix, with a chicane added and named in honour of Senna himself.
Three years later, in 1997, Jerez hosted its final F1 race to date, with Michael Schumacher and Jacques Villeneuve battling it out for the title. Schumacher would see his car driven off the circuit, allowing for Villeneuve to finish and claim the gong.
In a bizarre turn of events, the local mayor interrupted the trophy presentations, which in turn led to Jerez once again being removed from the schedule. We promise, there will be no such mix ups with our organisational skills.
More recently, in 2002, the pit and paddock facilities underwent alterations, with new pit garages, media and medical facilities installed.
In addition, a new VIP viewing area was built, extending across the circuit itself. It really is a sight to behold.
If you fancy a trip to southern Spain sounds up your street, then Jerez is the circuit for you. It is packed full of local history, and the weather is an obvious advantage.
All of the tracks on the want2race calendar are popular, and Jerez is no different. Interested? We sincerely suggest that you book early in order to guarantee your spot.
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