Llandow Circuit

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Llandow Circuit
Location Llandow, Vale of Glamorgan, Wales
Time zone GMT
Opened 1963
Major events Track Days
Club Racing
Length 0.9 mi (1.45 km)

Llandow Circuit is a small motorsport circuit at Llandow, Vale of Glamorgan, 15 miles (24 km) south west of Cardiff, Wales, used mainly for testing, track-days and events.

Llandow Kart Circuit, run by South Wales Karting Centre, is adjacent to the main circuit.

History[edit]

Toyota Supra being tested at Llandow, June 2009

Llandow Circuit began life as an airfield during the World War II. RAF Llandow was home to Supermarine Spitfires and part of the Canadian Air Force, but the Air Ministry decommissioned it in 1957.

In 1961 Jack Evans, a local farmer, bought an 80-acre parcel which included air raid shelters, gun turrets and stretches of runway. With the help of the South Wales Automobile Club he linked the runways to form a 1 mile oval track which was opened by Graham Hill in 1963. Car and motorbike events during the 1960s and 1970s drew crowds of 3-4,000 and competitors included Roger Clark, Jody Scheckter and Andy Rouse.

The circuit fell into disrepair, losing its track licence in 1977, thus in the 1980s, stock car racing, grass tracking and sheep grazing became more usual uses. A Race and Rally School, Go-Karting and general testing continued until the owners resurfaced and reshaped the track with a 9 metre wide strip of tarmac enabling the Motor Sports Association Sprint license to be regained in 2001. The circuit is now a popular venue for track days.[1][2][3]

The circuit remains privately owned by the descendants of Jack Evans.

Circuit details[edit]

  • Length: 1.45 kilometres (0.9 mi)
  • Width: 9 metres (30 ft)
  • Noise Limitation: 105 dB

Housing plan[edit]

In July 2007 Persimmon and Barrat unveiled plans to replace the circuit with a new housing estate of 2,700 homes, two schools and a community centre, but as of 2013 this has not happened.

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Coordinates: 51°25′54″N 3°29′52″W / 51.4316°N 3.4978°W / 51.4316; -3.4978