Story and photos by Manos Angelakis
Club House and circuit photos courtesy of Ascari Race Resort
Gentlemen… Start your Engines!
If you are a car racing aficionado, you will agree that some of the most exciting driving happens in the Formula One (F1) international circuit.
F1 is the highest class of single-seat auto racing sanctioned by the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA). The F1 season consists of a series of races held worldwide on purpose-built F1 circuits and, in a few cases, public roads as in the famous Monaco Grand Prix. The cars are capable of lateral acceleration in excess of five G.
Spanish drivers have been very prominent in F1 racing and during our Andaluz trip we were lucky enough to visit the Ascari Club and racing track near Ronda, Málaga.
If you ever wished to emulate the awesome driving of Giuseppe Farina, Stirling Moss, Fernando Alonso or Lewis Hamilton, the Ascari Race Resort is the place to hone your skills; it is where the famous and incredibly fast go to play. The full circuit is almost 3.4 miles long, with a consistent width of 12.2 meters; it is a private track which allows experienced drivers to indulge their passion for speed in a fairytale setting among southern Spain's magnificent mountains. The layout was inspired by some of the greatest corners on the greatest circuits in the world. A resort in the truest sense, the facility has an exceptional range of amenities, including a luxury club house, health spa and beauty centre, driving range, clay shooting range, swimming pool, outstanding restaurant and bars.
"The philosophy behind this circuit is to give people the opportunity to play with their supercars - or our cars for that matter, right up to Formula One level - in a club setting" says Klaas Zwaart, the guiding light and owner of the facility.
The day we visited, the club and track were empty and we were not allowed to photograph any of the privately owned racing autos in the facility. The images in the story are of club-owned vehicles. It has been reported that the membership fees for a 25 year club membership cost approximately €150,000 with an annual fee of €10,000. This entitles you and three family members to 50 track days a year and 12 guest driver passes. Plus preferential access to the track, a safe place to park and maintain your race car, an Andaluz-style Club House offering gourmet meals, your own exclusive custom racing equipment and preferential conditions for each of their services. Additionally, club membership allows you to enjoy preferential use of facilities at a selection of recommended venues along the coastline. You will also be invited to Ascari’s most exclusive events, such as upcoming high-end car presentations. Less expensive packages starting at €1,000 for 1/2 day in a reserved car plus 1 companion are also available on a daily or monthly basis.
Carretera de Ronda - Campillos, KM 30.5
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