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The Scariest Track Circuits - News

It's trick-or-treat time at TrackDays.co.uk, and with the nights drawing in and Halloween fast approaching, we have been discussing what the most dangerous and hair-raising tracks are in the world.

So, grab your pillows, and dim the lights as we open our storybook to bring you the most spell-binding tracks from across the globe.

  • Nürburgring Nordschleife, Germany

The infamous Nürburgring Nordschleife, set deep within the Eifel mountains, is 14.1 miles of pure, adrenaline-stoking tarmac. Featuring 160 corners, most of them blind, this racecourse demands so much from drivers and they are not helped by its location as fog and rain are regular enemies to haunt the track and torment racers.

Three-time Formula 1 World Champion, Sir Jackie Stewart, once described the smaller Grand Prix Circuit within the track as 'The Green Hell'.

The Nürburgring was created to stop dangerous races from taking place on public roads and famously still allows public access during certain points in the year. For many race enthusiasts, just surviving and getting around this track is the ultimate racing goal.

  • Snaefell Mountain Course, Isle of Man TT

Snaefell Mountain Course is the dream ride for many motorcyclists – but it is also one of the most dangerous tracks in the world.

Coursing through 37.7 miles of closed, public roads, through normally slow and serene villages, this race features 219 corners and has riders clocking in an average speed of 135mph. However, most riders will hit more than 200mph and the lap record currently stands at 16:42.778.

Unfortunately, this course is also one of the deadliest with at least one fatality occurring every year but one since 1911. The current death toll stands at 263 with many people considering deaths as an inevitability each year.

  • Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium

'Spa' is renowned for being the circuit of speed. Originally 8.7 miles long, and built partly on public roads, this course will forever haunt many drivers.

The infamous Masta Kink, which was removed in 1970, was frequently described as one of the scariest ribbons of tarmac in motorsport history with Jackie Stewart calling it "by far the most difficult corner in the world." Situated between the long straights of Malmedy and Stavelot, the Masta was a high-speed chicane where speeds could reach 190mph.

Stewart, along with many F1 drivers, campaigned for the Masta to be removed following a crash which resulted in him upside-down in a ditch near a farmhouse, with fuel pouring all over him.

The most extensive changes to the track occurred in 1979 when the track was reduced to 4.3 miles long and mainly resembles what we see today. Drivers and spectators always look forward to this track when the race calendar comes out as it requires the most daring of natures to complete – and watch!

  • Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, USA

When Pikes Peak was brought up, there were many confused faces. After a bit of googling, jaws were dropping, and understandable nods rippled through the office.

Known as 'The Race to the Clouds', this hill-climb offers 156 turns over 12.4 miles of road, while ascending 4,500 feet. This track not only features sharp hairpins with sheer drops at the end but also sees drivers and cars battling with decreasing oxygen levels during the quick ascent.

Originally held way back in 1916, this deathly race originally took place over a gravel track with a few paved sections here or there. The current record was set in 2018 by Romain Dumas, pushing his electric Volkswagen I.D R to complete the course in 7:571 minutes, smashing the previous record by almost a minute and a half!

Pikes Peak remains one of the most spectacularly beautiful, while still the most petrifying racetracks on the list. This is a wicked witch of the west.

Thankfully, our circuits aren't as terrifying, but we can assure you that our selection of Driving Experiences, available to book through dates on our regularly updated Driving Experiences Calendar or through purchase of our Gift Vouchers, will still get your adrenaline pumping.

The Scariest Track Circuits
28 October 2022
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