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Dijon-Prenois

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Circuit de Dijon-Prenois
Location Dijon, France
Active from N/A - present
Major events French Grand Prix, Grand Prix de l'Age d'Or, Formula Renault 2.0 West European Cup
Surface N/A
Length 2.415 mi (3.886 km)
Turns 8
Lap record 1:05.257 (Alain Prost, McLaren MP4/2, 1984, class)

Dijon-Prenois is a 3.801 km (2.361 mile) motor racing circuit located in Prenois, near Dijon, France. The undulating track is noted for its fast, sweeping bends.

Built in 1972, Dijon-Prenois hosted the Formula One French Grand Prix five times, and the Swiss Grand Prix once in 1982. The first F1 race was run in 1974 on the circuit's original 3.289 km (2 mile) layout; with lap times under the one minute mark, there was an extreme problem with congested traffic between the race leaders and the back-markers. Therefore, in 1975 an extension was added to lengthen the circuit as well as to reprofile many of its corners before the time F1 could return to Dijon in 1977. The 1979 French Grand Prix featured a memorable battle for second place in the final laps between Gilles Villeneuve's Ferrari and René Arnoux's Renault, which was finally won by Villeneuve. The race itself was won by Jean-Pierre Jabouille in the other Renault.

Although Formula One has not returned to Dijon since 1984, the circuit continues to be used today for minor, mostly local races. These include club level events and Motorcycle racing.

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