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Chicane Added for Paul Ricard ELMS Race

ELMS teams to race on revised Paul Ricard layout next weekend…

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European Le Mans Series competitors will race on a revised circuit layout at Paul Ricard next weekend, with a chicane having been added to the Mistral Straight. (En Français)

The iconic 1.1-mile-long back straight will be broken up with the use of a chicane, most recently used by Lamborghini Super Trofeo Europe teams during the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup weekend in June.

It’s understood the reason for the change is safety related, particularly with the increased speeds the new-for-2017 LMP2 cars have produced at other tracks, most notably Le Mans.

The revised layout, with the Mistral Chicane, measures 3.642 miles. 

ELMS teams will have their first opportunity to take to the revised track on Friday, which includes a Bronze Test and Free Practice 1, ahead of Sunday’s Four Hours of Le Castellet.

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365 as well as the recently launched e-racing365 Web site for electric racing. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for Channel, and contributes to other publications worldwide. Contact John



  1. Jack

    August 19, 2017 at 12:22 pm


  2. Yawn

    August 19, 2017 at 1:38 pm

    Oh no, race cars might go fast.

  3. daedalus

    August 19, 2017 at 2:21 pm

    I don’t mind the chicane, it’s another overtaking opportunity on a otherwise dull circuit. I’d rather they race at le mans bugatti or even dijon.

  4. Binky

    August 19, 2017 at 2:21 pm

    Probably trying to give the Ligier runners a chance against the Oreca.

  5. Robert

    August 19, 2017 at 3:38 pm

    I find the circuit to be alright, but I fail to see the point without using the full, uninterrupted Mistral. In this case, go race at Dijon-Prenois. I don’t care for Le Mans Bugatti, and I’m not sure I’m that keen on Magny Cours either.

    Since they have Le Mans already, maybe the sixth round should go somewhere else, like perhaps Brno.

  6. elveloz

    August 19, 2017 at 4:36 pm

    600 hp for nothing?

  7. Oldtimer

    August 20, 2017 at 12:42 am

    Of course, concerns for driver safety are secondary.

    How long does it take us to learn that older circuits, designed around a lesser productivity of chassis/engine, are dangerous at the current capability of many of the classes that race there?

  8. Marco

    August 20, 2017 at 7:24 am

    Wouldn’t mind if this round is being dropped in ’19 or ’20 for the new KymiRing. Seen the vid, bit more challenging with quite a few blind corners. Certainly not a Tilke track.

  9. David Chaste

    August 21, 2017 at 9:43 am

    Bernie owns it and let’s then use it for next to nothing. Thats why even the wec tests there. So it will be around.

    It will have more value and teams would want to come there even more next year since it will host the french grand prix.

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