BES: Monza

19 April 2013

A playground of pure speed

Monza, a playground of pure speed. 3 long straights and only 11 turns (3 of which being chicanes). A track soaked in history, 62 Grand Prixs have been held here, more than any other circuit. This fearsomely quick circuit has claimed the lives of 52 drivers over the years, and unfortunately 35 spectators.

Luckily the circuit has stepped significantly forward in regards to it’s safety, new taller fencing is implemented around the circuit making it a much safer circuit to attend and the chicanes have slowed the average speed down a bit. That said modern day racing cars are still more than capable of hitting 180mph plus on the straightaways.

Last weekend I was privileged enough to visit the circuit for the opening round of the Blancpain Endurance Series – the best GT3 championship in the world. The entry list featured a hugely impressive 60 cars – all of which would be barrelling down the start finish straight into arguably one of the tightest corner complexes in the world.

I’ve written a blog for l’endurance on the weekend and my experiences of the circuit which can be seen here, but here’s a selection of a few of my favourite photographs from the weekend. A full gallery will be available on both Dailysportscar and l’endurance very soon.

The next round of the Blancpain Endurance Series takes place at the Silverstone GP circuit on the 2nd of June 2013. My next event is at my local circuit, Cadwell Park, for the HSCC Wolds Trophy. Hopefully the weather will be as good as it was in Italy – although that might be wishful thinking…