Aix-les-Bains Circuit du Lac

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Aix-les-Bains, Savoie, France had a race track, called Circuit du Lac, which hosted Formula 2, Formula Junior, and Motorcycle Grand Prix races between 1949 and 1960.

Introduction[edit]

The Circuit du Lac d'Aix-les-Bains (the lake race track) was in and nearby the Lac du Bourget next to the French commune of Aix-les-Bains. Its length, 2,400 m (1.5 mi), was typical of city race tracks.[1][2] A slightly different track was reported to be in use in 1953.[3] It was the sole race track in Savoie - the nearest others were Geneva's Circuit des Nations, Lausanne's Circuit du Léman, and at Lyon. Many drivers and spectators attended from neighboring Switzerland and Italy, and even from the UK.

Racing events[edit]

Automobile[edit]

1949 1st Grand Prix du Lac (Formula 2)[edit]

Alta Engine

1950 2nd Grand Prix du Lac (Formula 2)[edit]

Alta F2

1951 3rd Grand Prix du Lac (Formula 2)[edit]

1952 4th Grand Prix du Lac (Formula 2)[edit]

Maserati-Plate 4CLT/48

1953 5th Grand Prix du Lac (Formula 2)[edit]

1960 Circuit Prix du Lac (Formula junior)[edit]

  • The race had to be stopped after the collapse, on the race track, of a bridgeway built for the media and the organizing committee. This led to the crash of the ELVA of Chris Threlfall in the remains of the structure, killing him on the spot as well as 4 other spectators. The race was cancelled without results being published.[11]

This will be the last event on this race track....

Motorcycle[edit]

  • In 1950: winner in 125cc : Jacques Vaque with MV Agusta, in 350cc : Georges Monneret with AJS, in 500cc : Nello Pagani, (Italy) with Gilera and in sidecar : Hans Haldemann / Josef Albisser, (Switzerland) with Norton.
  • In 1951: winner in 350cc : Werner Gerber (Switzerland) on AJS, in 500cc : Werner Gerber (Switzerland) on Gilera and in sidecar : Eric Oliver / Lorenzo Dobelli, (UK/Italy) on Norton.
MV Agusta 350
  • In 1952 : winner in 350cc : Werner Gerber (Switzerland) on AJS, in 500cc : Werner Gerber (Switzerland) on AJS and in sidecar : Jacques Drion / Bob Onslow, (UK) on Norton.
  • In 1953 : winner in 175cc : Gaston Gaury on Morini, in 350cc : Pierre Monneret on AJS, in 500cc : Giuseppe Colnago, (Italy) on Gilera and in sidecar : Eric Oliver / Stan Dibben, (UK) on Norton.
  • In 1954 : winner in 175cc : René Bétemps on MV Agusta, in 350cc : Luigi Taveri, (Switzerland) on Norton, in 500cc : Werner Gerber, (Switzerland) on Norton, and in sidecar : Hans Haldemann / Luigi Taveri, (Switzerland) on Norton.
  • In 1955 : the accident in Le Mans will cause many event cancellations.
  • In 1956 : new safety rules prevent old tracks being used without major safety modifications.
  • In 1960 : the race is canceled because of a Formula Junior accident which happened four days earlier.
  • In 1961 : the event is canceled.

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1] map 1
  2. ^ [2] map 2
  3. ^ [3] (fr) Map 1953
  4. ^ [4] Formula 2 1949
  5. ^ [5] Formula 2 1950
  6. ^ [6] HWM Alta
  7. ^ [7] Formule 2 1951
  8. ^ [8] Formula 2 1952
  9. ^ [9] (fr) Elie Bayol
  10. ^ [10] Osca 20
  11. ^ [11] Details of the accident

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 45°41′29″N 5°53′42″E / 45.69139°N 5.89500°E / 45.69139; 5.89500