May 29, 2015

Track Focus – Mini Circuit “Ville de Luxembourg”

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Track Name – Mini Circuit “Ville de Luxembourg”
Country – Luxembourg
Location – Luxembourg City
Host – Luxembourg Model Car Club (LMCC)
Surface – Asphalt
Direction – Anti-clockwise
No. of ETS Races hosted – 1 (2014)

After a very successful first visit to Mini Circuit “Ville de Luxembourg” last year the ETS returns to what is undoubtably one of the best tracks in Europe.  Famed for its Laguna Seca corkscrew style corner which has an elevation of approximately 2-metres the layout is hugely popular with drivers and for a country of only half a million people its a track revered by racers across the World.  Run by the Luxembourg Model Car Club (LMCC), the 310 metre long track was built in 1999 after the club reached a long term agreement to rent a plot of land from the City of Luxembourg.  Unfortunately for the last 5-years however the track has been operating on somewhat borrowed time.  The City has earmarked the parcel of land on which the track is located for mixed development with plans already drawn up that include housing, shops and a train station.  Thankfully however for the club and the ETS, the green light to start the groundwork for the development hasn’t yet been given meaning drivers can at least for now continue to enjoy this great track.

In addition to the corkscrew, the scale of which can only truly be appreciated by walking it, the track also features a 10 degree banked corner at the end of the main straight.  Undergoing an infield redesign in 2007,  in 2013 the track surface was polished using 1mm steel balls and last year drivers felt this left the track with low traction.  Commenting on the traction this time round, reigning ETS Champion Ronald Volker said it was now better.  Having wrapped up his fourth consecutive title here last year, the Yokomo driver said it as a ‘great track’ and ‘it is still one of the best in the World’.  Volker’s team-mate Meen Vejrak, who is on his first visit to the track, replied ‘it’s totally different’ when asked what he thought of the track.  Describing it as ‘really fun’ to drive the Thai driver said it was difficult, having always raced on flat tracks, to get used to the elevation changes.

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