Nivelles-Baulers Circuit RSS


Nivelles, Belgium

  • Circuit type Race
  • Circuit Direction Clockwise
  • Unused Since 1981
  • Established 1971
  • Designer Hans Hugenholtz
Records and Statistics
Race Date Winner
First race Belgian Grand Prix June 4, 1972 Emerson Fittipaldi (BRA) full results
Last race Belgian Grand Prix May 12, 1974 Emerson Fittipaldi (BRA) full results
Total races 2

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Nivelles-Baulers - locally referred to as Nivelles in French and Nijvel in Dutch - was supposed to be one of the new generation of circuits which heralded a new era of driver safety. But it was unloved from the start, perhaps because it was too bland and offered poor and distant spectator viewing. It had massive runoff areas, was flat and featureless, and was described by many drivers as being dull and characterless.

After the drivers decided they had had enough of the dangerous Spa and there had as a result been no 1971 Belgian Grand Prix, Nivelles, which had opened a year earlier, staged the 1972 and then 1974 races. But the warning signs were evident, and the 1974 GP was only rescued late on after the organisers went bankrupt. The death knell was sounded in 1976 when the grand prix was switched after it was ruled the tarmac was not good enough. By 1980 all car races had been barred, and a year later the last remaining source of income - motorbike racing - had also been outloawed.

The circuit was abandoned in June 1981 and lay derelict, although the track was still used illegally. In 2001 that was ripped up and the area was redeveloped as an industrial estate.

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