Eldora Speedway is a professional motorsport racing venue located in Southern England. The circuit is owned by entertainment conglomerate Clear Channel and is colloquially referred to as “the jewel of the South Coast”. The circuit was originally built in 1930 and was first used for automobile racing. Since then, it has hosted a variety of motorsport events including the World Touring Car Championship (WTCC), the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC), and the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC). In 2017, Eldora Speedway will host the Formula 1 British Grand Prix.
The History Of The Track
Eldora Speedway’s history predates the current circuit. The original track was built in 1930 and was initially used for automobile racing. The grandstands and paddock were demolished in 1955 and were not replaced. In 1968, the track was completely rebuilt to the current configuration with the addition of several terrace stands. During the construction of the terrace stands, the wooden wall that separated the paddock from the grandstands was preserved. With the exception of a chimney, the entire structure still stands today.
The Circuit’s Layout
The layout of Eldora Speedway is similar to that of many other modern motorsport venues. The track is a combination of straights and bends that follow the contours of an English country side. The track itself is a 9.9 kilometer (6.3 mile) circuit that is banked at almost all turns. It features 15 degrees of banking in total. The track surface is asphalt but was originally built on a sand base before being resurfaced in 1934. Since then, the circuit has been repaved several times, most recently in 2015.
The Track’s Amenities
Eldora Speedway is often criticized for its unappetizing food outlets. In a 2005 survey, the circuit ranked last out of 11 English racetracks in terms of restaurant facilities. The same survey, however, ranked the track 6th in terms of parking, with 6,500 spaces. The stand-alone garage has a capacity of 1,200 vehicles. The paddock and office accommodation are also equipped with shops, restaurants, and bars.
The Track’s Environment
The environment around Eldora Speedway is classified as “partly” metropolitain. The majority of the track is located in the Severn Estuary, which is a part of the English Channel. The site is protected from coastal erosion by a permanent protective pool that extends for around 2 kilometers along the southern periphery of the track. The estuary is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and a Special Protection Area (SPA) for birdlife. There are also four protected natural areas located within a two-kilometer radius of the track. The estuary and wetlands serve as a major roosting and mating ground for birds. The areas surrounding the track are also a habitat for rare insects and spiders. Plant life is abundant and includes grasses, reeds, and rushes that provide habitat for insects, amphibians, and small mammals. The water pollution caused by automobile emissions is also a significant concern at this site. The current water quality is moderate with nitrogen and phosphorus at levels below the regulatory limit. There have been no studies conducted at this track to date that evaluated water quality after a motorsport event.
What Will The Circuit Look Like In 2021?
In 2021, Eldora Speedway will look a great deal like it did in 2019. The track’s permanent protective pool will still be in place, as will the majority of the track’s banking and garages. The offices and the rest of the circuit will be closed to the public due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The paddock, however, will remain open throughout the year and will host a variety of motorsport activities including the British GT Championship, the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC), the 24 Hours of the British Grand Prix, and the annual Easter Hunt Charity Classic. The track has also stated that it will continue to host some of the BTCC’s traditional post-season meetings including the Championship Supper and the Grand Prix Party. The track is also considering the reintroduction of the traditional Car Festival, which was last held in 2009.
Where Do I Buy Tickets?
Tickets for the upcoming races at Eldora Speedway can be purchased online through the Severn Beach Stadium’s website. The site offers a wide variety of seating options including grandstands and paddock boxes. There is no charge for students with a valid ID and children under 12 years old enter the venue free of charge.
Eldora Speedway is a great place to watch a race and is known for its diverse range of fans. The track is also extremely accessible with a number of exits and entry points around the circuit. This means that even those in a wheelchair can enjoy an outing at the circuit.
➤ Location: Somerset, England ➤ Surface: Road ➤ Length: 9.9 km (6.3 mi) ➤ Format: Racing track ➤ Banking: 15 degrees ➤ Capacity: Paddock, 45,000; Grandstands, 70,000; Total, 115,000 ➤ Entertainment: YES ➤ Test Track: No ➤ Transport: Yes ➤ Season: Year-round ➤ Parking: Paddock, 6,500; Grandstands, 6,500; Total, 13,000 ➤ Shop: Yes ➤ Nutrition: Yes ➤ Drinking fountains: Yes ➤ Snack trucks: Yes
For more information on Eldora Speedway, check out the Severn Beach Stadium’s website at https://eldoraracingcircuit.com/ or visit the British Automobile Racing Club’s (BARC) website at https://www.barc.co.uk/circuits/eldora-speedway/.
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