Track days allow people to drive their own cars around circuits, which means you don’t have to be Lewis Hamilton or Sebastian Vettel to enjoy the thrills, spills and adrenaline of the asphalt. Here are seven of the best race tracks where members of the public can get behind the wheel.
1. Nürburgring, Germany
Nicknamed the “Green Hell” due to its demanding nature, Germany’s Nürburgring is considered to be one of the most challenging race tracks in the world, with 73 corners spread across 20,8 km of tarmac.
2. Silverstone, UK
Built on a former airfield runway between Buckinghamshire and Northamptonshire, at 5,891 km Silverstone is the longest track in the United Kingdom and an authentic piece of British history, having first hosted the British Grand Prix in 1948.
3. Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium
Belgium’s 7,000 km Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps is one of the most challenging race tracks in the world, with plenty of hills and twists. It hosted its first race in 1922, and two years later saw the inaugural 24 Hours of Francorchamps race. The circuit was first used for Grand Prix racing in 1925.
4. Dijon-Prenois, France
Opened in 1972, Dijon-Prenois in the French region of Burgundy is something of a hidden gem, having not hosted the French Grand Prix since 1984. This undulating track is renowned for its fast, sweeping bends.
A pure driver’s circuit, the 3,800 km Dijon-Prenois is not for the faint-hearted. Over half the track is made up of largely blind, tricky curves, while the remainder is a lengthy straight that will ensure your car will get close to its top speed.
5. Hockenheimring, Germany
Situated near the town of Hockenheim, south of Frankfurt and 214 km from the Nürburgring is the Hockenheimring. Built in 1932, it hosts the German Grand Prix on a biennial basis, most recently this year.
6. Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Italy
The 4,909 km Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari near the Italian town of Imola was first inaugurated in 1953 and was host to the San Marino Grand Prix for many years until 2006.
7. Red Bull Ring, Austria
The Red Bull Ring is located in Austria’s breathtaking Spielberg region and was originally built in 1969 to replace the bumpy Zeltweg Airfield circuit. It first hosted the Austrian Grand Prix in 1970, and after an eleven-year absence, Formula One returned to the circuit in the 2014 season.