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A photo tour around the Pescara Circuit. This former street circuit in Italy was the longest circuit that ever hosted a Formula One Grand Prix. The photos are made by Herman Liesemeijer, on a very hot summer day in 2007.
The layout of the Pescara Circuit. Check also my other article for the History of Pescara.
Pescara Circuit: Start/Finish
We start our lap at the Pescara Circuit on the main straight, where the Start/Finish line was painted again! I guess for a cycling race, or maybe a revival…
The first corner
After 1.3 km (0.8 Mile) we see the first corner.
After the first corner a short straight with at the end a railroad bridge.
Immediately after the railroad bridge we turn left.
Shall we pass left or right? The huge building on the left side is the Pescara Railway Station.
We turn right to Villa Raspa.
After a 1 Mile (1.6 km) sprint we turn right at Villa Raspa, into the direction of Spoltore.
Into the countryside
Just a few buildings and than we go into the countryside…
In front a bridge over the SS16 highway.
After a series of fast kinks through the rolling landscape, we’re reaching a great series of corners…
A few kilometres further we’re reaching the village of Spoltore, 185 metres (607 Feet) above sea level. It’s the highest point of the Pescara Circuit!
In front of the church we turn right…
And here we leave Spoltore.
The straight in front goes over a tunnel from the Autostrada (highway) A14.
This is the beginning of the most beautiful and challenging part of the Pescara Circuit. This section contains many different types of curves and elevation changes!
This picture has been taken from opposite direction and gives a good idea of the elevation changes at this part of the Pescara Circuit!
At the end of this fast section, a tight hairpin is waiting…
A memorial to the Pescara Circuit
Just before the hairpin, a memorial recalls the good old days of the Pescara Circuit…
There’s the hairpin!
The ride through Cappelle sul Tavo
Short after the hairpin we enter the picturesque Italian village of Cappelle sul Tavo. The picture above has been taken from a higher point, against the driving direction.
The picture above shows the beautiful main street of Cappelle sul Tavo. We look against the driving direction.
The first one of the two hairpins in Cappelle sul Tavo.
Here we leave the village of Cappelle sul Tavo. In front a series of fast kinks…
Here the last one of a series of very fast kinks, seen from the opposite direction. Unfortunately it was not possible to make a stop on the previous kinks. This one is leading to the 4 Mile straight. Today there is a roundabout after this corner!
The Flying Kilometer
Here we cross the A14 highway again.
On this straight was the so called “Flying Kilometer“!
After the 4 mile straight we have to brake very hard at Montesilvano…
Full throttle on the next long straight!
The first chicane in te world was at the Pescara Circuit!
After a 2.5 Mile (4 km) long straight, we have to make a detour to reduce speed at Start/Finish. Actually, the Pescara Circuit was the first circuit with an artificial chicane in the world. And it was right here!
And than we’re back at the point we started our lap at the Pescara Circuit!
If you are curious how I made this photo tour, than read my blog post: “The longest F1 track ever: Pescara Circuit, Italy“.
© Text & pictures: Herman Liesemeijer
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