Track Name – Aigen-Schlägl Club – Modell Auto Verein Aigen-Schlägl Country – Austria Location – Aigen-Schlägl (50km Northwest of Linz) Direction – Anti-Clockwise Surface – Asphalt (new surface 2017) No. of ENS Races hosted – 4 (2014-17)
Over 600 metres up in the Austrian hills, 2018 marks the fifth visit of the Euro Nitro Series to the Aigen-Schlägl which together with Fiorano in Italy is the only track to feature on the calendar of every ENS Season to date. Situated near both the German and Czech borders, since hosting the world’s best nitro drivers for the first time in 2014, the host club MAV Aigen Schlägl has developed the track into a facility that has put it up there with the best in the world. For the 2015 ENS, the covered pits were doubled in size and for the 2017 visit the track as completely resurfaced. With a reputation for high tyre wear, the new surface eliminated that issue and has helped the club secure next year’s 1:5 Bike World Championships. The popular British electric touring car championship, the Essex Winter Series or EWS as it is better known, will make use of the facility when they host their first ever ‘EWS Abroad’ event here in September.
With the new asphalt still very fresh for the 2017 event, having now had almost 12-months of running on it this year’s laps times are already proving considerably quicker. The first resurfacing of the track since it was built in 2006, a lap of the track covers 290 metres with one of the features being the 5-degree inclined 65 metre long main straight.
One driver making the trip to the hilly Austrian countryside location for the first time, Alessio Mazzeo has a good first impression of the facility. The Xray driver said, ‘It is a really relaxed place and it is really nice. I like it’. Not just here for the scenery, on driving the track the 1:10 title contender said, ‘it is really fun but it is very technical so it is important to have a good balance in the car’. Asked the track’s most challenge section the Italian replied, ‘for me it is the end of the straight. You see one corner but in reality when you drive it is two corners and getting the braking position right is difficult. One lap you brake short and then the next you brake long. It is hard to get right every time’.