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.[1]

History

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.[2][3][4] The first race held at the new circuit was the Nogaro Grand Prix for Formula Junior cars, won by Bruno Basini.[2] Initially 1.752 km (1.089 mi) long it was expanded in 1973 and 1989 to its current 3.636 km (2.259 mi) length. In 2007 the circuit was modernized including a new control tower, a new pitlane and widening the track to 12 m (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.

Track description

The track is relatively flat, with 6 m (20 ft) difference in elevation between its highest and lowest points. It is raced clockwise and consists of two long straights, the 0.950 km (0.590 mi) 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

Events hosted by the circuit have included:

Current
Former

Lap records

Current Grand Prix circuit with the original start-finish line (1989–2007)[a]

The official lap record for the current Grand Prix circuit layout is 1:20.160, set by Alessandro Zanardi during the 1991 Nogaro F3000 round, while the unofficial all-time track record is 1:17.342, set by Franck Lagorce in the qualifying of 1993 Nogaro F3000 round.[3][6] The official fastest race lap records at the Circuit Paul Armagnac are listed as:

Category Time Driver Vehicle Event
Grand Prix Circuit (1989–present): 3.636 km[a][2]
Formula 3000 1:20.160[7] Alessandro Zanardi Reynard 91D 1991 Nogaro F3000 round
Formula 3 1:22.226[8] Romain Grosjean Dallara F305 2007 Nogaro F3 Euro Series round
LMP900 1:23.906[9] Beppe Gabbiani Dome S101 2003 Nogaro FIA Sportscar Championship round
LMP3 1:24.218[10] Nelson Panciatici[11] Ligier JS P3 2016 Nogaro FFSA GTP round
GT1 (GTS) 1:25.326[12] Gregory Franchi Saleen S7-R 2008 FIA GT Nogaro 2 Hours
Formula Renault 2.0 1:25.924[13] Mathieu Arzeno Tatuus FR2000 2007 Nogaro French Formula Renault round
Formula 4 1:26.748[14] Ren Sato Mygale M14-F4 2020 Nogaro French F4 round
GT3 1:26.982[15] Stéphane Ortelli Audi R8 LMS ultra 2015 Nogaro Blancpain GT Sprint Series round
GT2 1:28.030[12] Andrew Kirkaldy Ferrari F430 GT2 2008 FIA GT Nogaro 2 Hours
GT1 1:28.218[16] Jean-Marc Gounon Ferrari F40 GTE 1996 4 Hours of Nogaro
LMP675 1:28.039[9] Mirko Savoldi Lucchini SR2002 2003 Nogaro FIA Sportscar Championship round
Porsche Carrera Cup 1:28.641[17] Marvin Klein Porsche 911 (992) GT3 Cup 2022 Nogaro Porsche Carrera Cup France round
FIA-Group 2 1:29.379[12] Tomáš Enge Aston Martin Vantage GT2 2008 FIA GT Nogaro 2 Hours
GT2 (GT1) 1:31.581[18] Jean-Pierre Jarier Porsche 911 GT2 1999 Nogaro FFSA GT round
Silhouette racing car 1:31.979[19] Soheil Ayari Peugeot 406 Coupé Silhouette 2002 Nogaro French Supertouring round
GT4 1:32.600[20] Jim Pla Mercedes-AMG GT4 2020 Nogaro French GT4 Cup round
Alpine Elf Europa Cup 1:33.917[21] Lucas Fraysinnet Alpine A110 Cup 2022 Nogaro Alpine Elf Europa Cup round
Stock car racing 1:34.838[22] Ander Vilariño Chevrolet Camaro NASCAR 2013 Nogaro NASCAR Whelen Euro Series round
Grand Prix Circuit (1973–1988): 3.120 km[2]
Formula One 1:11.860[6][23] Ricardo Zunino Arrows A1 1979 Nogaro British F1 round
Formula Three 1:12.120[24] Éric Bernard Ralt RT31 1987 1st Nogaro French F3 round
Formula Two 1:12.390[25] Bruno Giacomelli March 782 1978 Nogaro F2 round
Group A 1:21.240[26] Klaus Ludwig Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth 1988 Nogaro ETCC round
500cc 1:22.800 Kenny Roberts Yamaha YZR500 1978 French motorcycle Grand Prix
350cc 1:24.500 Gregg Hansford Kawasaki KR350 1978 French motorcycle Grand Prix
250cc 1:25.000 Jean-François Baldé Kawasaki KR250 1982 French motorcycle Grand Prix
Sidecar (B2A) 1:29.600 Rolf Biland Beo-Yamaha 1978 French motorcycle Grand Prix
125cc 1:30.060 Jean-Claude Selini Morbidelli 125 GP 1982 French motorcycle Grand Prix
Original Circuit (1960–1973): 1.752 km[2]
Formula Three 0:51.700[27] Christian Ethuin Martini MK12 1973 1st Nogaro French F3 round
Formula Junior 1:03.000[28] Jean Vinatier Lotus 27 1963 Nogaro French Formula Junior round

Notes

  1. ^ a b c The start-finish line was changed in 2007, however the layout configuration has not been changed since 1989.

References

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  17. ^ "2022 Porsche Cup France Nogaro (Race 2)". Retrieved 30 October 2022.
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  20. ^ "2020 FFSA GT - GT4 France Final Classification by category" (PDF). Retrieved 17 April 2022.
  21. ^ "2022 Nogaro Alpine Elf Europa Cup Statistics". Retrieved 17 April 2022.
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