Circuit Jules Tacheny Mettet

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Circuit Jules Tacheny Mettet
Circuit Jules Tacheny.svg
Location Mettet, Belgium
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)
Turns 10

The Circuit Jules Tacheny Mettet is a 1.43mile (2.3 km) motor racing circuit in Mettet, Belgium, 20 km southeast of Charleroi.[1] The circuit was finalized in 2010 near the old street circuit.

History[edit]

Motorcycle racing[edit]

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.

Formula 2[edit]

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.[2] 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.[3]

Development of the new circuit[edit]

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[edit]

Year Winner
500cc
1928 Belgium Albert Breslau
1929 Belgium Marcel Debay
1930 Belgium René De Keyser
1931 Belgium Pol Demeuter
1932 Belgium Robert Grégoire
1933 Belgium Pol Demeuter
1934 Belgium Pol Demeuter
1935 Belgium "Grizzly"
1936 Belgium René Milhoux
1937 Belgium "Grizzly"
1946 Belgium Roger Laurent
1947 United Kingdom Fergus Anderson
1948 United Kingdom David Whitworth
1949 Belgium Auguste Goffin
1950 Italy Enrico Lorenzetti
1951 United Kingdom Geoffrey Duke
1952 New Zealand Rod Coleman
1953 United Kingdom "Graham"
1954 United Kingdom Fergus Anderson
1955 United Kingdom Fergus Anderson
1956 United Kingdom John Surtees
1957 United Kingdom Dickie Dale
1958 United Kingdom John Surtees
1959 Australia Tom Phillis
1960 United Kingdom Dickie Dale
1961 edition canceled
1962 Italy Silvio Grassetti
1963 edition canceled
1964 Sweden Bror Erland Carlsson
1965 edition canceled
1966 United Kingdom Chris Conn
1967 United Kingdom John Blanchard
1968 edition canceled
1969 New Zealand Keith Turner
1970 France Gérard Debrock
1971 United Kingdom Dave Simmonds
+500cc
1972 Switzerland Gilbert Argo
1973 Belgium Oronzo Memola
1974 Australia John Dodds
1975 France Patrick Pons
1976 Italy Giacomo Agostini
1977 Italy Giacomo Agostini
1978 France Michel Rougerie
500cc
1979 South Africa Alan North
1980 Belgium Alain Nies
+500cc
1981 United States Mike Baldwin
1982 Belgium Patric Orban
1983 Belgium Dieter Heinen
Supercup
1984 Belgium Michel Siméon
1985 Belgium Leslie Simoens
1986 Belgium Patric Orban
Open
1987 Belgium Michel Siméon
1988 Belgium Paul Ramon
Superbike
1989 Belgium Stéphane Mertens
Open
1990 Belgium Michel Simul
1991 Belgium Michel Simul
1992 Belgium Stéphane Mertens
1993 Belgium Michel Simul
Superbike
1994 Belgium Alain Kempener
Stocksport
1995 Belgium Alain Kempener
Supersports
1996 Belgium Alain Kempener
1997 Belgium Louis Wuyts
1998 Belgium Michaël Paquay
1999 Belgium Louis Wuyts
2000 Belgium Wim van Achter
2001 Belgium Sébastien Le Grelle
2002 Belgium Yvan Batens
2003 Belgium Sébastien Le Grelle
2004 Belgium Tom Vanlandschoot
2005 Belgium Sébastien Le Grelle
Belgium Marc Fissette
Superbike
2006 Belgium Stéphane Mertens
Belgium Stéphane Mertens
2010 Belgium Grégory Fastry
Belgium Grégory Fastry

[4]

Formula 2 results[edit]

Year Heat 1 Heat 2 Final
1950 Italy Alberto Ascari United Kingdom Stirling Moss France Robert Manzon
1951 not contested not contested France Robert Manzon

FIA World Rallycross Championship[edit]

Season Date Driver Car Report
2014 12–13 July Finland Toomas Heikkinen Volkswagen Polo report
2015 16–17 May Finland Toomas Heikkinen Volkswagen Polo report
2016 14–15 May Sweden Mattias Ekström Audi S1 report

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mettet Circuit Track Days". trackdays.co.uk. 2011. Retrieved 2011-07-02. 
  2. ^ "I Grandee Trophée Entre Sambre et Meuse 1950". F2 Register. Retrieved 16 April 2015. 
  3. ^ "II Grandee Trophée Entre Sambre et Meuse 1951". F2 Register. Retrieved 16 April 2015. 
  4. ^ "Le Grand Prix / Circuit / Trophy de l'Entre-Sambre-et-Meuse". Moto Mettet. Retrieved 16 April 2015. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 50°18′15″N 4°39′27″E / 50.30403°N 4.6575°E / 50.30403; 4.6575