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Autodromo di Pergusa
Specs:
Circuit direction:
Clockwise
Circuit length:
4.950 km
Number of turns:
17

he Autodromo di Pergusa, or Enna-Pergusa as it is known to many, is Sicily's most prominent track, a once high-speed blast around a natural lake that is now punctuated with numerous chicanes. It has hosted the non-championship meditirranean F1 Grand Prix on several occasions and is part of the 24H SERIES as the host venue for the "Coppa Florio"

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Sicily's pride in motorsports

The circuit was built by the local municipality in 1951, using access roads around the lake. In its earliest form it was a high-stakes, flat out affair; effectively a modified oval with the added hazard of a trip into the snake-filled lake if it all went wrong. A rudimentary pit area backed directly onto the lake, which formed an ever-present backdrop to proceedings – and thanks to the area's sulphur deposits, occasionally filled the nostrils with a unique aroma!

Racing did not really get into its stride until the 1960s, when the non-championship Mediterranean Grand Prix was staged for Formula One machinery. Ferrari factory entries helped swell the crowds and saw victories for Lorenzo Bandini in 1962 and John Surtees the following year, before Jo Siffert took a pair of wins for BRM. In 1967 the event switched to Formula 2 rules and would remain a fixture on the European Championship for many years.

History within the 24H SERIES

Coppa Florio - Hankook 12H SICILY 2020
GPX Racing - Porsche 911 GT3 R - Grogor, Fatien, Jaminet, Renauer - 374 laps

The World Sportscar Championship (for Group 6 cars) became a regular visitor in the second half of the 1970s, with popular home victories for the Alfa Romeo team in 1975 and '77. The circuit also saw victory for Lella Lombardi, who notably became the first female winner of an FIA-sanctioned World Championship race, alongside co-driver Enrico Grimaldi.

When Formula 2 was replaced by F3000 in 1985, Enna was duly incorporated onto the calendar. There was something of a holiday feel about the place, helped by the usually sweltering temperatures and the surroundings (the circuit and lake are part of a nature reserve). For the drivers it may not have been the most enthralling circuit but it was at least different.

Information

Location:
Piazza Garibaldi 8, Via Nazionale 94010, Pergusa, Enna, Italy
Time Zone:
CEST (UTC+2)
FIA Grade:
3

inally in September 2009 the FIA approved proposed circuit modifications (mainly to kerbing and escape zones), which were duly carried out the following summer, allowing the circuit to be re-homolgated at FIA Grade 3, and there was talk of a round of the FIA GT2/GT3 series coming back the circuit that year. In the event the GT2 series never materialised and the track finally reopened for national level racing in 2011.

In October 2012, the circuit hosted the ninth round of Superstars touring car and GT championship – the first international event since its re-opening – while between 2103 and 2015 Enna-Pergusa held rounds of the FIA European Touring Car Cup. The track was resurfaced in its entirety in 2019, at which point the rather fiddly chicane on the pit lane entry was removed.

Exciting news came during 2020 that the Coppa Florio trophy was to be revived on October 10-11, with Autodromo di Pergusa as its host. It will form the penultimate round of the Crevantic 24H Series Europe, with a race over 12 hours (held in two six hour sections, a day apart) to win replicas of the original ‘Florio Cup’ in the GT and TCE divisions.