Still from our Bullet Cam. Usually we are in sessions with single seaters, but on a quiet day you can find yourself sharing the track with real race cars such as these 206 cars, with slicks and full cages.
A pretty flat circuit, Croix is nether the less a fun circuit and more technical than it looks. Its also very accessible from the UK.
Looking up towards the difficult L'Epingle corner that leads onto the long main straight.
Fancy Bullet Cam shot as we drive down the main straight under the start/finish line.
Croix has the usual circuit additions, like this karting track, as well as a bar serving snacks and food.
About to pass a Beetle Cup car. These days are not run as track days, and do not have Track day rules. If you want to pass, then don't expect to be let through, and beware the late-braker on your inside round corners! This will not be for some people, so be aware of it.
Spin at Virage de la Ferme
Although it lacks the sweeping majesty of a track like Spa, Croix is a pretty technical and a good place to try things out! You are never going really silly speeds, except for braking into Virage Magguy at the end of the long main straight, so it is an ideal place to 'play' with the car. I had been braking later and later into this corner, having a go at killing understeer. I was playing - we all know sliding is not the quickest way around a corner, but its FUN! I had got to the point where I could enter the corner braking deep, which makes the rear sweep round, and getthrough the whole 180° corner with out moving the steering wheel at all, in one continuous arc. Very satisfying! Except on this lap I got it wrong and had a harmless half spin onto the inside of the track. Kept the engine running and we proceeded back onto the track - just after all the little hot-hatch saloons I had just past streamed through!! You can just see Tessa's hand at the bottom of the screen about to point to these cars as they came streaming round the corner behind us, but by this time we were safely off the tarmac. On another trip, Tony Pashley did a far more spectacular 360° coming out of Virage Du Pont, a high speed, off camber corner under the bridge! We know - we have the film Tony!!
On test weekends, Saturday is devoted to bikes. Impressive and scary to watch, there is always some nice machinery in the paddock.
Having driven over on a day trip to the monthly test day at Croix in France we were disappointed that local weather conditions had closed the track!
Uuum - if only they had put this little update on their website or answer phone! Never mind - we had a slap up lunch in Montreuil instead!
Once again proof that our car is used in all weathers!