Circuit Paul Armagnac also known as Circuit de Nogaro is a motorsport race track located in the commune of Nogaro in the Gers department in southwestern France. The track is named in honor of Nogaro-born racing driver Paul Armagnac who died in an accident during practice for the 1962 1000 km de Paris at the Montlhéry circuit.
Motorsports racing events in Nogaro were first organized when racing driver Paul Armagnac and Robert Castagnon created the Association Sportive Automobile de l'Armagnac. In 1953 the Rallye de l'Armagnac was held on a street circuit using public roads around Nogaro. Public safety concerns after the 1955 Le Mans disaster caused the number of road racing events on public roads in Europe to decrease. Plans were made to create a permanent race circuit and construction began in 1959 at a site near the Nogaro airport.
The race circuit opened on 3 October 1960 as the first purpose-built race circuit in France. The first race held at the new circuit was the Nogaro Grand Prix for Formula Junior cars, won by Bruno Basini. Initially 1.752 kilometres (1.089 mi) long it was expanded in 1973 and 1989 to its current 3.636 kilometres (2.259 mi) length. In 2007 the circuit was modernized including a new control tower, a new pitlane and widening the track to 12 metres (39 ft).
The venue hosted Formula Two championship races from 1975 to 1978. It also hosted the French motorcycle Grand Prix in 1978 and 1982. The Nogaro circuit also hosted the European Touring Car Championship from 1985 to 1988.
The track is relatively flat, with 6 metres (20 ft) difference in elevation between its highest and lowest points. It is raced clockwise and consists of two long straights, the 950 metres (3,117 ft) long start-finish straight named after Nogaro-born motorcycle constructor Claude Fior and the almost parallel aerodrome straight, linked by sections of several slow corners.
Events hosted by the circuit have included:
- The French motorcycle Grand Prix from 1978 to 1982.
- The final round of the 2003 FIA Sportscar Championship season
- The International Formula 3000 series Grand Prix de Nogaro between 1990 and 1993
- Formula 2 from 1975 to 1978
- The FIA European Truck Racing Championship since 1994
- The Formula Three Euro Series in 2007
- The FIA GT Series and Blancpain Sprint Series
- The FFSA GT Championship from 1997 to 2011 and in 2014.
- The French National Drift Series
- The European Eco-marathon competition from 2000 to 2009
The race lap records at the Circuit Paul Armagnac are listed as:
|Grand Prix Circuit (1989-present): 3.636 km|
|F3000||1:20.160||Alessandro Zanardi||Reynard 91D||1991 Nogaro F3000 round|
|F3 Euro Series||1:22.226||Romain Grosjean||Dallara F305||2007 Nogaro F3 Euro Series round|
|SR1||1:23.906||Beppe Gabbiani||Dome S101||2003 FIA Sportscar Championship Nogaro|
|GT1||1:25.326||Gregory Franchi||Saleen S7-R||2008 FIA GT Nogaro 2 Hours|
|Formula 4||1:26.748||Ren Sato||Mygale M14-F4||2020 Nogaro French Formula 4 round|
|GT3||1:26.982||Stéphane Ortelli||Audi R8 LMS ultra||2015 Nogaro Blancpain GT Sprint Series round|
|GT2||1:28.030||Andrew Kirkaldy||Ferrari F430 GT2||2008 FIA GT Nogaro 2 Hours|
|SR2||1:28.039||Lucchini SR2002||2003 FIA Sportscar Championship Nogaro|
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