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VARANO DE’ MELEGARI
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Description  
Location Varano de’ Melegari
PR - Parma - Emilia Romagna
Location 32 km - 20 mi South West of Parma, towards La Spezia; the closest exit on Cisa motorway A15 Parma-La Spezia is Fornovo
Latitude - Longitude + 44°40'52"     + 10°01'20"
44.681111     10.022222
UTM Coordinates X = 581012.428  -  Y = 4948035.053  -  Zone 32T
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Altitude AMSL 173 m - 568 ft
Inauguration July 1970
Closing  
Designer  
Sources and links (Translation) (**)
(1) Italian English ForumForum --> Europe --> Italy --> ITA - Varano de’ Melegari [ITA - ENG]
(2) Italian Autosprint 29/1970 (page 32)Brevi notizie sul circuito
(3) Italian Autosprint 32/1970 (page 31)Mappa e descrizione del mini autodromo parmense (650 m)
(4) Italian Autosprint 15/1971 (page 25)Pronto per la inaugurazione l’allungamento a 1300 m
(5) Italian Autosprint 3/1972 (page 42)Mappa inizio 1972
(6) Italian Autosprint 11/1972 (page 10)Quasi pronto l’allungamento
(7) Italian Autosprint 12/1972 (page 13)Intervista al sindaco di Varano
(8) Italian Autosprint 13/1972 (page 29)Inaugurata il 26 marzo la pista di 1,8 km
(9) Italian Autosprint 40/1972 (page 31)
(10) Italian Autosprint 29/1973 (page 9)
(11) Italian Autosprint 3/1982 (page 65)Progetto allungamento (con mappa)
(12) Italian Rombo 3/1982 (page 74)Progetto allungamento (con mappa)
(13) Italian Rombo 1/1983 (page 28)Circuito dedicato a Riccardo Paletti
(14) Italian Autosprint 2/1983 (page 36)Risolti i problemi economici
(15) Italian Autosprint 5/1983 (page 4)Già dedicato a Riccardo Paletti
(16) Italian Rombo 6/1983 (page 22)Presto nuovi box
(17) Italian Autosprint 18/1983 (page 11)Dedica a Riccardo Paletti
(18) Italian Rombo 4/1985 (page 28)Crollata per neve la tribuna
(19) Italian Autosprint 5/1986 (page 23)
(20) Italian Rombo 29/1987 (page 6)Progetto di allungamento 1988 (con mappa)
(21) Italian Rombo 34/1987 (page 97)Pista alluvionata, danni ed attività sospesa almeno fino al 4 ottobre
(22) Italian Autosprint 35/1987 (page 38)Ripreso il progetto di allungamento a 2,8 km
(23) Italian Autosprint 36/1987 (page 89)Pista alluvionata, danni ed attività sospesa almeno fino al 4 ottobre
(24) Italian Rombo 21/1989 (page 44)Lavori in corso: riasfaltatura, nuova via di fuga alla Ickx, nuove trubune e strade di accesso
(25) Italian Rombo 22/1991 (page 82)Iniziati i lavori di allungamento
(26) Italian Rombo 51/1991 (page 76)Iniziati i lavori di allungamento
(27) Italian Autosprint 32/2010 (page 84)New Ickx Bend
(28) Italian Autosprint 37/2011 (page 77)New hairpin: map and description
(29) Italian Il pilota - auto * moto * kart * nautica 5/1971 (page 56) [Publishing date: March 1971]
(30) Italian www.varano.itOfficial 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.

Autodromo San Cristoforo
Description Autodromo San Cristoforo at Varano was born in late 1969 with a very short layout that was around a football field. The circuit was built without any sensation by a group of fan; Ing. Dallara stands out from the others in this group. In July Associazione Turistica Pro Varano de’ Melegari (local Tourist Association) organized 1st Summer Trophy, with car races of three different categories: 500, 600 and 875 Monza. In following weeks some more kart, Formula K250 and Formula Monza races were scheduled. This layout was used for a shorth while; as first events were so succesful, in 1971 it was already extended.

Two Autosprint articles dates 1970 (the second was published three weeks later the first one) reports two different track length (500 and 650 m), while official website reports 550 m. I don’t know what is right or if all of them are right and meanwhile the track was extended. Map shown here was issued with the second article, who reports 650 m.
Years 1970
Direction Anticlockwise   Anticlockwise
Progetto Proposal NO
No longer operational YES
Car Circuit YES
Motorbike circuit  
Type Permanent
Inauguration July 1970
Closing 1970
Last update of this page January 23rd 2008
Info last update  
Designer  
Distinctive points  
length 500  m 1640  ft 0.311  mi   (2)
length 550  m 1804  ft 0.342  mi   (30)
length 650  m 2133  ft 0.404  mi   (3)
Min width 8  m 26  ft      (3)
Max width 9  m 30  ft      (3)
Bend minimum radius 8  m 26  ft      (3)
Max minimum radius 23  m 75  ft      (3)

Autodromo San Cristoforo
Description As 1970 season was so successful, in Spring 1971 the circuit was completely rebuilt and extended up to 1200 m. This layout too was used for a short while: in March 1972 is was extended again up to 1800 m (layout not shown here).
This map must be confirmed: Autosprint write about a double hairpin, but I can’t identify it.
Years 1971
Direction Anticlockwise   Anticlockwise
Progetto Proposal NO
No longer operational YES
Car Circuit YES
Motorbike circuit  
Type Permanent
Inauguration 1971
Closing 1971
Last update of this page January 23rd 2008
Info last update  
Designer  
Distinctive points  
length 1200  m 3937  ft 0.746  mi   (6)

Autodromo San Cristoforo - Autodromo Riccardo Paletti
Description 24 days for a circuit
On Thursday March 2nd 1972, CSAI approved the proposal of the extension of the circuit. Suddenly Pro Loco (local tourist association) found an agreement with the owner of the land and it bought the area, approx 60,000 m² wide. Saturday March 4th they discussed in a meeting whether to start the works immediately or to wait money promised by CSAI. Assembly decided nearly unanimously to start works, that started in the afternoon of the same day. Sunday March 26th the circuit was officially inaugurated.

Works done
Football field and double hairpin were removed. In front of start/finish line there is an ’S’. Bend on the right in my map was slighlty banked. CSAI had asked to make a second chicane in order to reduce dangerousness of start/finish straight, but after a new analysis original proposal was approved with some minor changes.
Layout shown in my map is slightly different from the traditional one used until 2002 and still available; nevertheless I don’t know if on March 26th 1972 the circuit was naugurated had this layout and later modified or if this is an earlier proposal not developed.

In 1976 Varano hosted Corsa per il Friuli (Race for Friuli), a race for collecting money and help people living in Friuli, an Italian region just destroyed by a violent earthquake. Many F.1 drivers were there driving Alfa Romeo Alfasud. During the race Ickx went of the track in a bend; after that this bend was named after him.

On May 8th 1983 the circuit was named after Riccardo Paletti, a F.1 driver died during 1982 Canada GP
Years 1972÷2001
Direction Anticlockwise   Anticlockwise
Progetto Proposal NO
No longer operational YES
Car Circuit YES
Motorbike circuit YES
Type Permanent
Inauguration March 26th 1972
Closing 2001
Last update of this page January 23rd 2008
Info last update  
Designer  
Distinctive points Parabolica - 1° Esse - 2° Esse - Ickx - Ferro di Cavallo - Tornantino
length 1800  m 5906  ft 1.118  mi   (30)
length 1800  m 5906  ft 1.118  mi   (8)
length 1900  m 6234  ft 1.181  mi   (6)
Width 10  m 33  ft      (8)
Straight length 400  m 1312  ft 0.249  mi Start finish straight (8)

Autodromo San Cristoforo
Description In September 1972 was proposed to CSAI a proposal for another lengthen of the track. The project was done by Romano Meggi and it should have used the ground in front of main straight. The proposal was abandoned until summer 1973, when it was proposed again for the following season. The last problem to be solved was about bureaucracy. It was never developed.

Two different articles reports two different length. Looking at the map, it seems the correct one is 2800 m and 3800 is wrong, but I can’t rule out that they are referred to two different proposals.
Years  
Direction Anticlockwise   Anticlockwise
Progetto Proposal Proposal  YES
Proposal not developed YES
Car Circuit YES
Motorbike circuit  
Type Permanent
Inauguration  
Closing  
Last update of this page August 24th 2005
Info last update July 1973
Designer  
Distinctive points  
length 2800  m 9186  ft 1.74  mi Long circuit (9)
length 3800  m 12467  ft 2.361  mi Long circuit (10)

Autodromo Riccardo Paletti
Description On January 24th 1982 had been a meeting between track owners and local administration for lengthen the circuit up to 2600 m within 1988. I haven’t any map about this step.
In Spring 1987 this proposal was more detailed and also Ickx Bend, Tornantino and the boxes should have been changed. Inauguration should have been on 1988 as well, but this proposal wasn’t developed. In 1991 opposite straight between Nuova Parabolica and the link with the old track was built and used as isolated straight for tests; inauguration of the whole long circuit was scheduled in 1993, but again nothing happened.
A new long track quite similar to this project has been inaugurated only on February 22nd 2002
Years  
Direction Anticlockwise   Anticlockwise
Progetto Proposal Proposal  YES
Proposal not developed YES
Car Circuit YES
Motorbike circuit YES
Type Permanent
Inauguration  
Closing  
Last update of this page October 24th 2008
Info last update December 1991
Designer  
Distinctive points Nuova Parabolica - 1° Esse - 2° Esse - Ickx - Ferro di Cavallo - Tornantino
length (approx) 2600  m 8530  ft 1.616  mi   (19)
length (approx) 2800  m 9186  ft 1.74  mi   (22)
length 2850  m 9350  ft 1.771  mi   (26)
Straight length (approx) 800  m 2625  ft 0.497  mi Start finish straight (26)
Straight length (approx) 500  m 1640  ft 0.311  mi Opposite straight (26)
Max. gradient (uphill) 10  % 5.7  °        (26)

Autodromo Riccardo Paletti
Description  
Years 2002÷2010
Direction Anticlockwise   Anticlockwise
Progetto Proposal NO
No longer operational YES
Car Circuit YES
Motorbike circuit YES
Type Permanent
Inauguration February 22nd 2002
Closing August 2010
Last update of this page October 24th 2008
Info last update  
Designer  
Distinctive points Nuova variante - Parabolica - 1° Esse - 2° Esse - Chicane Ickx - Ferro di Cavallo - Tornantino
length 2375  m 7792  ft 1.476  mi Long circuit (30)
length 1800  m 5906  ft 1.118  mi Short circuit (30)
length 1710  m 5610  ft 1.063  mi Sum of all straights (30)
length 665  m 2182  ft 0.413  mi Sum of all corners (30)
length 360  m 1181  ft 0.224  mi Pit lane (30)
Min width 10  m 33  ft      (30)
Max width 11.5  m 38  ft      (30)
Difference in level 7  m 23  ft      (30)
Straight length 440  m 1444  ft 0.273  mi Start finish straight (30)
Max. banking (bends) 9  % 5.1  °        (30)
Max. gradient 2.5  % 1.4  °        (30)

Autodromo Riccardo Paletti: Anello prove
Description  
Years 2002÷...
Direction Anticlockwise   Anticlockwise
Progetto Proposal NO
No longer operational  
Car Circuit YES
Motorbike circuit  
Type Oval course
Inauguration February 22nd 2002
Closing  
Last update of this page October 24th 2008
Info last update  
Designer  
Distinctive points  
length 500  m 1640  ft 0.311  mi   (30)

Autodromo Riccardo Paletti
Description Ickx is again a bend a not anymore a chicane; moreover some facilities have been renewed
Years 2010÷2011
Direction Anticlockwise   Anticlockwise
Progetto Proposal NO
No longer operational YES
Car Circuit YES
Motorbike circuit YES
Type Permanent
Inauguration August 21st 2010
Closing August 2011
Last update of this page September 13th 2011
Info last update  
Designer  
Distinctive points  
length 2362  m 7749  ft 1.468  mi    

Autodromo Riccardo Paletti
Description In August 2011 the old hairpin was replaced by three bends, separated by two short straights. Shourt course doesn’t use anymore the old Curva Parabolica, that has been replaced by the Nuova Variante, used also by long course
Years 2011÷...
Direction Anticlockwise   Anticlockwise
Progetto Proposal NO
No longer operational  
Car Circuit YES
Motorbike circuit YES
Type Permanent
Inauguration August 2011
Closing  
Last update of this page September 16th 2011
Info last update  
Designer  
Distinctive points  
length 2350  m 7710  ft 1.46  mi Long circuit (30)
length 1640  m 5381  ft 1.019  mi Short circuit (30)
length 1764  m 5787  ft 1.096  mi Sum of all straights (30)
length 586  m 1923  ft 0.364  mi Sum of all corners (30)
length 462  m 1516  ft 0.287  mi Pit lane (30)
Min width 10  m 33  ft      (30)
Max width 12  m 39  ft      (30)
Straight length 467  m 1532  ft 0.29  mi Start finish straight (30)
Max. banking (bends) 9.5  % 5.4  °        (30)
Max. gradient 2.5  % 1.4  °        (30)

Autodromo Riccardo Paletti: pista Supermoto
Description  
Years ...÷2011
Direction Anticlockwise   Anticlockwise
Progetto Proposal NO
No longer operational YES
Car Circuit  
Motorbike circuit YES
Type Supermoto
Inauguration  
Closing August 2011
Last update of this page September 13th 2011
Info last update  
Designer  
Distinctive points Nuova variante - 1° Esse - Jump 1 - Jump 2 - Banking - Jump 3 - 2° Esse - Chicane Ickx - Ferro di Cavallo - Tornantino - Chicane Supermoto
length 2100  m 6890  ft 1.305  mi   (30)
length 1650  m 5413  ft 1.025  mi asphalted sections only (30)
length 450  m 1476  ft 0.28  mi dirt sections only (30)
length 360  m 1181  ft 0.224  mi Pit lane (30)
Max width 11.5  m 38  ft    asphalted sections only (30)
Max width 7  m 23  ft    dirt sections only (30)
Difference in level 7  m 23  ft      (30)
Straight length 395  m 1296  ft 0.245  mi Start finish straight (30)
Max. banking (bends) 9  % 5.1  °        (30)
Max. gradient 2.5  % 1.4  °        (30)

Autodromo Riccardo Paletti: pista Supermoto
Description In August 2011 the old hairpin was replaced by three bends, separated by two short straights
Years 2011÷...
Direction Anticlockwise   Anticlockwise
Progetto Proposal NO
No longer operational YES
Car Circuit  
Motorbike circuit YES
Type Supermoto
Inauguration August 2011
Closing  
Last update of this page September 13th 2011
Info last update  
Designer  
Distinctive points  
length 1600  m 5249  ft 0.994  mi asphalted sections only (30)
length 450  m 1476  ft 0.28  mi dirt sections only (30)
length 462  m 1516  ft 0.287  mi Pit lane (30)
length 2050  m 6726  ft 1.274  mi Total (30)
Max width 12  m 39  ft    asphalted sections only (30)
Max width 7  m 23  ft    dirt sections only (30)
Straight length 467  m 1532  ft 0.29  mi Start finish straight (30)
Max. banking (bends) 9.5  % 5.4  °        (30)
Max. gradient 2.5  % 1.4  °        (30)

Varano de’ Melegari, Autodromo San Cristoforo 1970

Varano de’ Melegari, Autodromo San Cristoforo 1970


Varano de’ Melegari, Autodromo San Cristoforo 1971

Varano de’ Melegari, Autodromo San Cristoforo 1971


Varano de’ Melegari, Autodromo San Cristoforo 1972÷...

Varano de’ Melegari, Autodromo San Cristoforo 1972÷...


Varano de’ Melegari: 1972 proposed extension, long course

Varano de’ Melegari: 1972 proposed extension, long course

Varano de’ Melegari: 1972 proposed extension, long course


Varano de’ Melegari: 1987 proposed extension

Varano de’ Melegari: 1987 proposed extension



Updates
Date Track layout Years Description by Map by Thanks to Note
September 16th 2011 Autodromo Riccardo Paletti 2011÷... Guido de Carli     Update Description
September 13th 2011     Guido de Carli     Update Description
September 2nd 2010 Autodromo Riccardo Paletti 2010÷2011 Guido de Carli   micap Update Description
September 1st 2010 Autodromo Riccardo Paletti 2010÷2011 Guido de Carli   Marco Varisco Update Description
October 24th 2008     Guido de Carli     Update Description
August 26th 2005 Autodromo San Cristoforo - Autodromo Riccardo Paletti 1972÷2001 Guido de Carli Guido de Carli   Update Description with map
August 25th 2005 Autodromo San Cristoforo 1971 Guido de Carli Guido de Carli   Update Description with map
August 24th 2005 Autodromo San Cristoforo 1970 Guido de Carli Guido de Carli   Update Description with map
June 5th 2005 Autodromo San Cristoforo - Autodromo Riccardo Paletti 1972÷2001 Guido de Carli Guido de Carli   Update Description with map
December 27th 2003     Guido de Carli     Update Description
October 15th 2003     Guido de Carli     Update Description
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