No. of Races :5
First Race :Jul 06, 1952
Last Race :Jul 07, 1968
- Rouen hosted five Formula One French Grands Prix from 1952 to 1968. The circuit was a public road but boasted of modern pit-stops, a wide spacious track and a spectators grandstand making it one of the finest European circuits of its day.
- Dan Gurney won two races here, the most by any driver at this circuit.
- In 1968, local hero Jo Schlesser riding in his third race, slid wildly into a corner and crashed into a sideways bank instantly igniting 58 laps worth of fuel which resulted in his instantaneous death.
- Upon Schlesser’s death, Rouen never held a Formula One race ever again, although it continued to host Formula 2 events till 1978 after which it continued to host the French Championships.
- In 1994 the circuit was closed due to financial reasons and in 1999 all evidence of its historic racing past were destroyed. However, it is still possible to drive around what was once the Formula One circuit of Rouen.