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Belgium Nivelles-Baulers
The Nivelles-Baulers circuit
LocationBelgium Nivelles, Belgium
Time zoneGMT +1
Coordinates50°37′16″N 4°19′37″E / 50.62111°N 4.32694°E / 50.62111; 4.32694
Broke ground1971
ClosedJune 30, 1981; 41 years ago (1981-06-30)
ArchitectJohn Hugenholtz
Major eventsFormula One
Belgian Grand Prix (1972, 1974)
Formula 750 (1976, 1978)
Formula Two (1973)
Formula 5000 (1972)
Grand Prix Circuit (1972–1981)
Length3.724 km (2.314 miles)
Race lap record1:11.310 (New Zealand Denny Hulme, McLaren M23, 1974, Formula One)

Nivelles-Baulers was a 2.314 mi (3.724 km) race track in Nivelles (in French)/Nijvel (in Dutch) near Brussels, Belgium.

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Built in 1971, the circuit hosted two rounds of the Formula One Belgian Grand Prix in 1972 and 1974 both won by Emerson Fittipaldi, during the time when the race was supposed to alternate between Walloon and Flemish circuits. Designed by Roger Caignie and John Hugenholtz to be a safe alternative to Spa, Nivelles was perhaps too safe. It had massive runoff areas, was flat and featureless, and was described by many drivers as being bland and sterile.[citation needed] Nivelles was not popular amongst the paying spectators since they thought that they were not close enough to the action.[citation needed]

The track ran into economic problems very early in its life. The organiser went bankrupt in 1974. They were however able to find enough sponsors to organise that year's Formula One race. In 1976 it was once again Nivelles's turn to organise the Belgian Grand Prix, but the track was not considered safe enough for Formula One because of the condition of the tarmac. By 1980 the circuit was deemed too dangerous for car racing, but motorcycle events continued until 1981. When the circuit licence expired on June 30, 1981, the track was finally closed for good. Until the late 1990s the pit buildings and the circuit were left abandoned, and it was possible to drive illegal laps around the track. However, in the early 21st century the track was demolished and is now a part of an industrial estate, but it is still possible to see traces of the circuit.

The fastest F1 lap at the circuit during a race was set in 1974 by Denny Hulme, who set a time of 1:11.31 in his McLaren-Ford.

Lap records

The official race lap records at the Nivelles-Baulers are listed as:

Category Time Driver Vehicle Event
Grand Prix Circuit: 3.724 km (1972–1981)
Formula One 1:11.310 Denny Hulme McLaren M23 1974 Belgian Grand Prix
Formula Two 1:14.170[1] Jochen Mass Surtees TS15 1973 Nivelles F2 round
Formula 5000 1:17.000[2] Graham McRae McRae GM1 1972 Nivelles F5000 round
Group 4 1:28.600[3] Clemens Schickentanz Porsche Carrera RSR 1973 Nivelles Euro GT round

External links


  1. ^ "1973 Nivelles F2". Retrieved May 8, 2022.
  2. ^ "1972 North Sea Trophy". Retrieved May 8, 2022.
  3. ^ "Euro GT Nivelles 1973". Retrieved June 18, 2022.
This page was last edited on 20 March 2023, at 01:27
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