is a motor racing
circuit situated in the village of Kirkby Mallory
, just off the A47
, between Leicester
. With the full car circuit measuring only 1.35 miles (2.173 km) it is amongst the shortest permanent race circuits in the UK. However, chicanes introduced to reduce speeds in motorcycle events mean that the Superbike Circuit is slightly longer, at 1.41 miles (2.269 km). Shorter UK circuits are Lydden Hill
, Brands Hatch Indy circuit
, Scotland's Knockhill
and Silverstone's diminutive Stowe
The circuit started life as a pony trotting
circuit in the late 1940s, which defined the outline of the oval track still in use today. After the financial collapse of the equestrian club responsible for the circuit, the track was hired by various motorcycle clubs for grass track motorcycle and motorcycle sidecar racing. The circuit was converted to a metalled
, road racing venue following the purchase of the site by Clive Wormleighton in 1955.
Throughout the Sixties and Seventies, the circuit hosted almost every major British car and bike championship. Famously, the Bay City Rollers
played a concert during a BBC-organised 'Fun Day' on May 18, 1975, on a stage specifically constructed in the middle of the lake.
Mallory Park Motocross circuit sits adjacent to the main road circuit, and is very popular amongst riders and visitors, with many features designed to enhance this type of racing.... Read More