There’s no better way to glorify asphalt surfaces than looking at famous racetracks in the world of competitive motorsport. For fans, these circuits provide the most exhilarating racing experience, and many are in a scenic location where both race cars and the asphalt surface are pushed to their limits.
Motorsport raceways used in top international competitions predominantly use asphalt or variations of specialised asphalt. This is thanks to the excellent grip, flexibility, and long lifespan of asphalt surfaces.
The below circuits all consist of different surface mixtures and consistencies, which mean racing teams and drivers need to approach each in a different way. Nevertheless, here we have the world’s 10 best motorsport racetracks as determined by a range of fan-based sources.
10. Interlagos (Autódromo José Carlos Pace) – Brazil
The Interlagos circuit has had a turbulent but rich history which involved motorsport competitions of national and international levels. The circuit requires a wide variety of racing manoeuvres to manage the various hills and the noticeable shift between long, fast straights, and sharp, windy bends.
For Interlagos, the calendar year is full of events such as Stock Car Brasil and SuperBike Brasil. Currently it’s also the circuit for the São Paulo Grand Prix and is popular amongst the drivers and spectators. However, the racetrack hasn’t been without controversy, with many racing teams questioning its safety at the highest level.
9. Monza Circuit – Italy
Also holding a long and eventful history, Monza is close to the hearts of all Italian motorsport fans. Monza is the ideal circuit to push a race car to its limits in terms of acceleration and top speed, thanks to its lengthy straights.
Autodromo Nazionale Monza is the current venue for the Italian Grand Prix.
When not being used for racing, the venue is open to the public. Features include a beautiful parkland and a swimming pool to shift the venues atmosphere from adrenaline pumping one day to calming and peaceful the next.
8. Monte Carlo (Circuit de Monaco) – Monaco
The Circuit de Monaco is one of the most popular racetracks thanks to its location through the streets in the heart of Monaco. Overlooking the neighbouring harbour, this racetrack is truly a spectacle to behold. This circuit has one of the smoother asphalt surfaces meaning the roads are generally more pleasant to drive on, though it isn’t known for its impressive racing.
The Monte Carlo circuit is famous for hosting the glamorous Formula One Monaco Grand Prix, which is the highlight for many spectators as the event attracts thousands of well-known public figures whether they’re interested in the race or not!
7. Laguna Seca Raceway – USA
One of America’s best racetracks, the Laguna Seca Raceway features a more traditional course which winds through the hillsides of the Monterey Peninsula. This shorter course is known for its dramatic changes in elevation around the famous ‘corkscrew’ turn.
The most notable events include the IndyCar Series, MotoAmerica, and the IMSA Weathertech Sportscar Series, amongst others.
6. Silverstone Circuit – England
The home of British racing, Silverstone is the staple racetrack in England and is one of the fastest in the world. Its history dates back to the end of World War 2 where it was crafted on top of existing airfields.
The main event hosted at Silverstone is of course the British Grand Prix. Either side of the Grand Prix’s, the Silverstone Circuit plays host to the Silverstone Classic and other national racing competitions. If you’re not into watching the racing live, the racetrack includes an interactive museum and a bustling commercial business area.
5. Mount Panorama Circuit – Australia
We couldn’t look past Australia’s most iconic racetrack – Mount Panorama. This speedy racetrack climbs and descends a hillside, providing a challenging driving experience and an extremely enjoyable viewing experience.
The highlight event is the famous Bathurst 1000, where many Aussie and international racers made their names. Unfortunately, Mount Panorama has experienced tragedy over the years, with the steep hills and slight turns causing numerous accidents.
Outside of racing, the track is composed of largely public roads used by farms and houses alongside the circuit – with a speed limit of 60km/h.
4. Suzuka Circuit – Japan
This unique racetrack is an example of Japanese ingenuity whereby the circuit showcases a variety of turns in a small space and with a crossover ‘figure-8’ shape. Suzuka Circuit is one of the most challenging courses for drivers, but the rewards are massive for those who conquer it.
The Japanese Formula One Grand Prix is hosted at Suzuka, as well as the Suzuka 10 Hours Endurance Race, and the Suzuka 8 Hours Race. Both race cars and motorcycles alike have a steep challenge ahead of them at the Suzuka Circuit in Japan.
3. Circuit de la Sarthe (Le Mans) – France
Le Mans in France is almost a household name, especially with motorsport fans when you consider its vast history and exclusive race conditions. When Le Mans is mentioned today, your mind goes to the global phenomenon that is the 24-hour endurance race hosted annually.
This race is the biggest drawcard; however, Le Mans includes two other courses including a small, specialised Bugatti circuit and the Maison Blanche course which hosts track facilities and the Porsche Experience Centre.
2. Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps – Belgium
Another historical racetrack is the Spa-Francorchamps which boasts an exhilarating racing experience for everyone involved. Looking back, the dangers posed by this circuit were immense when you combine the long straights and sharp corners. After a redesign, the track is now a modern and much safer venue which still incorporates its renowned features.
The Spa-Francorchamps hosts a Formula One Grand Prix in addition to popular endurance races including a 24-hour race for supercars and motorcycles. Aside from racing, this circuit is surrounded by scenic views featuring hills and forests.
1. Nürburgring – Germany
The inevitable favourite of most fans is the Nürburgring in Germany. This racecourse is a hugely iconic venue again thanks to its historical value and what it means to drivers and spectators. The Nürburgring provides an entertaining viewing experience in a beautiful location and as a result, is one of the most visited courses in the world.
Once described as the ‘Green Hell’, this circuit is a thrill to drive and is used for as many racing competitions as possible. The main being the Formula 1 Grand Prix, annual 24 Hours, DTM, Oldtimer Grand Prix and GT Masters.
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