May 20, 2017

Track Focus – Mulhouse

Track Name – Mulhouse
Club – Mini Car Club de Mulhouse (MCCM)
Country – France
Location – Mulhouse (close to the Swiss and German borders)
Direction – Clockwise
Surface – Asphalt
Previous ENS hosted – None

New on the calendar for 2017, the Euro Nitro Series season opener at Mulhouse marks the first international event to be hosted by the long established Mini Car Club de Mulhouse.  Built on government provided land in 1988, the club of around 40-members, is in for a busy 2017 going from none to 2 international events in the same year, the European Championship’s coming here later in August. In preparation for the arrival of the international visitors, the club has been busy investing in the facility including a brand new kitchen to cater for drivers and their teams.  The biggest entry the mainly nitro club has had to cater for, they have also extended the area of asphalt on which to set-up pit spaces.

In terms of the track itself a lap covers 305 metres and the surface is still the original asphalt that was laid 29-years ago.  One change the track has undergone is new curbing. Explaining the change top French racer Leo Arnold, who learnt his trade at Mulhouse as it is his local track, said, ‘the original curbing was higher and particularly high at the chicane and the beginning of the straight and it was super hard especially if you got your line wrong now the curbs are lower and its much better’.

In terms of the track all drivers agree its more challenging that traditional nitro track layouts with Bruno Coelho going as far as saying, ‘its one of the best tracks I have driven on to date, I really like the track’. Looking strong in both 1:10 & 1:8 practice, the Xray driver continued,’It has fast parts and super difficult parts, its not an Italian style full throttle track.  You need really to work and not just pull the throttle’.

With 1:10 Champion Teemu Leino calling it one of the most difficult tracks he has ever driven on, 1:8 Champion Simon Kurzbuch described it as having a ‘special layout’. The Shepherd driver continued, ‘It more technical than other 1:8 layouts but it is exciting to drive’.  Asked the most challenge sections, he highlighted the end of the straight chicane saying it was possible to go ‘full gas’ through it but only if you are on the right line.  He said how you take the chicane will then determine your entry into the infield which he said if you miss the apex of one corner is hard to get correct lines for the following corners.

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