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DIJON-PRENOIS
SORRY, SOME DATA ARE NOT TRANSLATED YET
Not to be confused with Dijon (1927÷1929) - Dijon, Aéroport - Dijon, Parc Des Sports
Description Short track (blue on the map) opened in 1972 (maybe on May 26th). First important race was 1000 km on April 15th 1973; then it hosted 1974 F.1 France GP, 1000 km 1975, 1975 F.1 Switzerland GP (not championship race) and 1000 km 1976.
According to original proposal, track should have been lengthened up to more than 5 km. This proposal was not developed and in Winter 1976/1977 the track was lengthened up to 3.8 km, with adding of Parabolique. The latter, is a very steep hairpin, followed by a hump, a climbing stright, another hump, a flat straight and than back on the old circuit. As scheduled since December 1976, the new track was inaugurated on April 17th 1977, with Sportscar 500 km.
Location Prenois
21 - Côte-d’Or - Bourgogne
Location 15 km 9 mi North from Dijon
Latitude - Longitude + 47°21'46"     + 4°53'58"
47.362778     4.899444
UTM Coordinates X = 643423.844  -  Y = 5247228.828  -  Zone 31T
Aerial photo / Map (*)  Google Maps  -    Bing Maps  -    Flash Earth  -   Aerial photo / Map (*) GéoPortail
Altitude AMSL 479 m - 1572 ft
Inauguration May 1972
Closing  
Designer  
Sources and links (Translation) (**)
(1) Italian (page 196)Author: Tommaso Tommasi - Published by: Arnoldo Mondadori Editore - Published in: Italia - year: 1973
(2) English (page 42)Author: Peter Higham, Bruce Jones - Published by: Andre Deutsch - year: 1999 - ISBN: 0-233-99619-2
Description
(3) Italian ForumForum --> Chiacchiere in Italiano --> Modifiche da fare all’archivio
(4) English ForumForum --> Chat in English --> Aerials of circuits [ENG]
(5) English ForumForum --> Europe --> France --> FRA - Dijon-Prenois [ENG]
(6) French www.acd-motorsport.com/?p=2.2
(7) French www.cb500.com/sport/circuit_5.htm
(8) Dutch www.joramvanwinkel.be/NL/circuit_dijon.html
(9) Italian Conoscere la Formula 1 1 (page 255)Published by: Rizzoli Editore - year: 1984
(10) Italian Autosprint 20/1972 (page 43)Sarà inaugurato il 26 maggio 1972
(11) Italian Autosprint 14/1973 (page 16)
(12) Italian Autosprint 51/1976 (page 22)
(13) Italian Autosprint 16/1977 (page 25)
(14) Italian Autosprint 27/1982 (page 26)
(15) French www.circuit-dijon-prenois.comOfficial website

(*) NOTE: a complete and detailed view of the circuit can be found (if available) on Street View by Google Maps and/or Bird's Eye and 3D views by Bing Maps for Enterprise (former Microsoft Virtual Earth): both can be reached using their own link in Aerial photo / Map cell.

(**) For on-line not-English speaking sources, click on each small flag and you open the corresponding Google Translator page with automatic translation.

Petit Combe
Description Please note that according to this source dated 1973 short circuit is 3220 m (3200 m according to Autosprint) long rather than 3289 m as usually reported; I don’t know if during 1975-1977 works any change was made also to short circuit or if one source is wrong.
Years 1972÷1977
Direction Clockwise   Clockwise
Progetto Proposal NO
No longer operational YES
Car Circuit  
Motorbike circuit  
Type Permanent
Inauguration May 1972
Closing 1976
Last update of this page September 25th 2007
Info last update  
Designer  
Distinctive points Grande Ligne Droite - Bretelle
length 3200  m 10499  ft 1.988  mi   (11)
length 3220  m 10564  ft 2.001  mi   (1)

Grande Combe
Description Proposal for lengthen this circuit up to 5 km: at first it seemed it could be built before World Sports Car Championship race on April 15th 1973, then - they said approx within 1975. Works have been made only partially and circuit was lengthened up to 3.8 km only and it was inaugurated in 1977.
Years  
Direction Clockwise   Clockwise
Progetto Proposal Proposal  YES
Proposal not developed YES
Car Circuit YES
Motorbike circuit  
Type Permanent
Inauguration  
Closing  
Last update of this page September 25th 2007
Info last update  
Designer  
Distinctive points Grande Ligne Droite - Montee sur le plateau
length (approx) 5000  m 16404  ft 3.107  mi   (11)

Dijon-Prenois
Description  
Years 1977÷...
Direction Clockwise   Clockwise
Progetto Proposal NO
No longer operational  
Car Circuit YES
Motorbike circuit YES
Type Permanent
Inauguration April 17th 1977
Closing  
Last update of this page September 25th 2007
Info last update  
Designer  
Distinctive points Ligne Droit de la Fouine - Double Droite de Villeroy - ’S’ de Sablieres - Gauche de la Bretelle - Parabolique - Double Gauche de la Bretelle - Courbe des Gorgeolles - Virage de la Combe - Courbe de Pouhas
length 3800  m 12467  ft 2.361  mi Long circuit (15)
length 3289  m 10791  ft 2.044  mi Short circuit (15)

Piste de karting
Description 6 track layouts are available
Years  
Direction  
Progetto Proposal NO
No longer operational  
Car Circuit  
Motorbike circuit  
Type Kart track
Inauguration  
Closing  
Last update of this page September 25th 2007
Info last update  
Designer  
Distinctive points  
length 1100  m 3609  ft 0.684  mi   (15)
Width 8  m 26  ft      (15)

Dijon-Prenois 1972÷1977 and short course 1977÷...

Dijon-Prenois 1972÷1977 and short course 1977÷...

Dijon-Prenois 1972÷1977 and short course 1977÷...


Dijon-Prenois: 1973 proposal

Dijon-Prenois: 1973 proposal


Location: + 47°21'46", + 4°53'58"
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Updates
Date Track layout Years Description by Map by Thanks to Note
April 8th 2008     Guido de Carli     Update Description
August 23rd 2005     Guido de Carli     Update Description
August 20th 2005     Guido de Carli     Update Description
February 9th 2005     Guido de Carli     Update Description
November 14th 2004     Guido de Carli     Update Description
November 6th 2004     Guido de Carli     Update Description
October 13th 2004 Grande Combe   Guido de Carli Guido de Carli   Update Description with map
October 13th 2004     Guido de Carli Guido de Carli   Update Description with map
November 16th 2003 Grande Combe   Guido de Carli Guido de Carli   New Description with map
November 13th 2003     Guido de Carli Guido de Carli   New Description with map
August 19th 2002     Guido de Carli     Update Description
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