Circuit Jules Tacheny Mettet
|Time zone||GMT +1 (DST: GMT +2)|
|Operator||Royal Union Motor Entre Sambre et Meuse|
|Opened||12 March 2010|
|Major events||World RX of Belgium (EuroRX and World RX)|
|Length||2.3 km (1.43 mi)|
During the early 1920s motorcycle racers started to race around a circuit composed of local streets surrounding the Belgian city of Mettet. The first motorcycle Grand Prix Entre Sambre et Meuse was held in 1928. Belgian driver Albert Breslau won the first race on an AJS. The last edition of the original motorcycle Grand Prix of Mettet was run in 1937. After World War II Jules Tacheny was appointed president of the Royal Motor Union de l’Entre Sambre et Meuse. Tacheny won the Senior category of the first post-war version of the Grand Prix in 1946. The overall Grand Prix was won by Roger Laurent on a Norton.
In 1947 the FIM motorcycle racing governing body decided each country could only host one Grand Prix. Therefore, the title Belgian motorcycle Grand Prix was awarded to the race at Spa-Francorchamps. The race at Mettet was renamed Circuit de l'entre Sambre et Meuse in 1947 and the race was again renamed to "Grand Trophy". Legendary motor and auto racing driver John Surtees won the race in 1958 in the 350cc and 500cc classes.
Between 1972 and 1979 the street circuit was used for an endurance motorcycle race. French driver Jean-Claude Chemarin was the most successful driver of the Mettet 1000km race, he won the race four times. The street circuit was last used in 2006.
The RUMESM hosted non-championship Formula Two races twice, in 1950 and 1951. In 1950 the first edition Grandee Trophée Entre Sambre et Meuse was held at the 7.387 kilometer street circuit. Of the 24 competitors only ten drivers made it to the finish. Robert Manzon won the final race in his factory entered Simca Gordini Type 15. Stirling Moss and Lance Macklin finished second and third in for HW Motors. The second edition of the Grandee Trophée was again won by Manzon. Gordini completed the podium with factory drivers André Simon and Maurice Trintignant finishing second and third.
Development of the new circuit
The new 2.280 meter permanent circuit was opened on 12 March 2010. In the initial years Mettet was mostly used by motorcycle racers. The track was first used in the FIA European Rallycross Championship and FIA World Rallycross Championship in 2014.
Motorcycle Grand Prix
Formula 2 results
|Year||Heat 1||Heat 2||Final|
|1950||Alberto Ascari||Stirling Moss||Robert Manzon|
|1951||not contested||not contested||Robert Manzon|
FIA World Rallycross Championship
|2014||12–13 July||Toomas Heikkinen||Volkswagen Polo||report|
|2015||16–17 May||Toomas Heikkinen||Volkswagen Polo||report|
|2016||14–15 May||Mattias Ekström||Audi S1||report|
- "Mettet Circuit Track Days". trackdays.co.uk. 2011. Retrieved 2011-07-02.
- "I Grandee Trophée Entre Sambre et Meuse 1950". F2 Register. Retrieved 16 April 2015.
- "II Grandee Trophée Entre Sambre et Meuse 1951". F2 Register. Retrieved 16 April 2015.
- "Le Grand Prix / Circuit / Trophy de l'Entre-Sambre-et-Meuse". Moto Mettet. Retrieved 16 April 2015.
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