Autodromo di Franciacorta
January 5, 2010
I’m currently bored at home and I will do anything to procrastinate from studying. So today I thought I would check out a track which I’ve never been to: Autodromo di Franciacorta. It’s about 30 minutes from home which is awesome and it’s brand new, had a major revamp just over a year ago.
This is first thing you see as you enter the gates. The whole track is built in this quarry looking place.
Probably done so to keep it out of sight in the nice Padanian planes and to keep the noise pollution down.
It quite awesome when you look around and all you see are these banks, gives it a certain atmosphere.
Here’s my attempt at a panoramic photo of the track.
The track is pretty much flat and not that long, 2519m to be exact, with no high-speed corners. My dad who has instructed here tells me it’s a little boring because of the fact that there are no demanding corners. But he says the same thing about Tsukuba when I show it too him on games like Gran Turismo. I recon I’ll like it.
As you can see, the corners are simple but the last two turns do look like fun:
Left-handed banked hairpin into a right handed slightly downhill right angle turn. The flow looks good here…
They’re also making a motocross track.
And there’s a skid pan.
Naturally everything is new. Here is the modern paddock, looks like it’s not finished.
There’s a specialist bike shop next door, couldn’t really see much inside but it looked like they had some serious bike racing parts and a shop for any repairs or mods. The track schedule seems to be balanced between bikes and cars, which is not normal, but good for bike enthusiasts.
Nutella crepes anyone?
There was a house / church type building built opposite the paddock. Pretty weird, don’t know if anyone lives there.
There’s an indoor electric go-kart track which my dad told me is very impressive. There’s also a restaurant and a conference room.
Medical center, better safe than sorry.
Pit areas have access to electricity, didn’t see any tire changer and doubt there is one. Why only in Japanese circuits?
In general it looks very promising, the facilities look good. The track, although flat, is tight and full of corners. There’s also a lot of facilities; go-kart, restaurant, bar, shop, motocross, all neat in a little package. There’s also plenty of space to expand if needed.
Unfortunately and obviously, being new, there isn’t much character. The track is new and some things are finished yet. I guess any track doesn’t have the feeling that Monza has, nothing comes close to that place.
I’m gonna go back to Monza next time I’m in Italy and look at all the things that you don’t normally see, there is so much to see around the Monza park. Especially the old banked track.
The fastest lap I could find was a 1:21.09 done by someone called kanel70 is a Porsche 911 Turbo 996.
Here’s a cool HD video of a GT3 RS by Zampa: