St. Etienne circuit (6 Heures du F˘rez)
Posted 04 April 2004 - 13:28
Does any of you have a map with the lay-out of the circuit used for the 6 Heures du F├┤rez, raced in St. Etienne, France in 1957? (It seems that there had been a similar race in 1955)
Posted 04 April 2004 - 16:37
Sorry but I haven't something better at the moment!
Posted 04 April 2004 - 16:42
This already helps a lot!
Would you please post the names of some of the landmarks indicated in the map you posted? (as names of streets, bridges, rivers, etc.) the I may be able to retrace the circuit based in other maps.
(if I manage to do it I will post the result here)
Posted 04 April 2004 - 22:19
The main differences were at the two ends.
The circuit used the new motorway between Saint-Etienne and Saint-Chamond without nearly any protection between the two ways except a hedge!
From left to right you have:
La Massardi├Ęre near Terrenoire/Saint-Etienne, Les Vignes, the very long and fast curve of La Maison rouge, then Le Baroy and the U-turn at Les Barraques.
On race day what had to happened occured: on lap 20 just as he was going out the Maison rouge
curve in direction of Le Baroy, the car of Carini begun to skid (it was raining), crossed the central separation and he found himself on the other way where he was hit by the car driven by Barreto. The two unfortunate drivers were killed.
N┬░58 the Ferrari 500 TRC #0694 of Antonio Borges Barreto
N┬░54 the Ferrari 500 TRC #0648 of Pietro Carini.
Source: Histoire du sport automobile for├ęzien tome 1 by Fr├ęd├ęric Reydellet
Posted 05 April 2004 - 16:42
I have an unexpected trip abroad starting tomorrow, so not to let this subject wind down I will contact Daniel King of Racing Circuits to pick up from here at develop a map for the track.
Thanks also for posting the pictures of the aftermath of the Carini-Borges Barreto accident. Judging by the destruction of the cars - particularly taking into consideration the fact that cars of that time had no deformable structures - one can imagine the sheer violence of the impact (also worth of noting is the fact that the damage on Borges Barreto's car is mostly close to the driver side of the cockpit, quite unluckily).
Additionally, these pictures allow me to know the numbers with which these cars raced that day, something I was looking for.
Posted 05 April 2004 - 18:37
Posted 05 April 2004 - 23:58
Jean-Maurice, thank you for kindly sharing these circuit details! I'd guess the length to be approximately 3 miles, is there a circuit length listed with the circuit map that was posted above?
I have created a track entry on my website for the 1957 variant of St. Etienne at http://www.racingcir.../StEtienne.html
Does anyone have any further information about the earlier circuit configuration, as used in 1955?
Posted 06 April 2004 - 01:10
2.36.4 130,971 km/h.
Now the 1955 circuit, anticlockwise. At La Massardi├Ęre there was a tunnel to turn under the motorway. Given as being 4,480 km long. Fastest lap by Rosier 1.56.7 136,880 km/h.
Posted 06 April 2004 - 23:47
Kvadrat, the 1946 GP du F├┤rez was held on a completely different circuit to the one used in the 50's. It was based on the streets between the towns of St. Just and Andr├ęzieux, and was located approximately 30km north-west of the 50's venue. It is possible to plot most of the course on a modern street map, although the section to the north of the circuit seems to have been altered over the years.