Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours is a motor racing circuit located in central France, near the towns of Magny-Cours and Nevers, some 250 km (160 miles) from Paris and 240 km (150 miles) from Lyon.
Built in 1960 and commonly known as Magny-Cours. By the 1980s the track fell into disrepair and was not used for international motor racing until it was purchased by the Regional Conseil de la Nièvre.
In the 1990s the Ligier Formula One team was based at the circuit and did much of its testing at Magny-Cours.
The circuit was re-designed in 2003 and used for a wide range of events include various sports and commercial use.
The 2008 race was to mark the last French Grand Prix at Magny-Cours, as the French Grand Prix had been indefinitely suspended from the Formula One calendar.
In May 2008, Ecclestone confirmed that Magny-Cours would stop hosting the French Grand Prix after the 2008 race. The venue suffered from poor attendances due to its remote location, poor access and insufficient accommodation.
In June 2008, the provisional calendar for the 2009 season was released, and a French Grand Prix at Magny-Cours appeared on it, scheduled for 28 June. However, in October 2008 the 2009 French Grand Prix was cancelled after the French Motorsports Federation (FFSA) withdrew financing for the event.Courtesy: Wikipedia.
Track Length: 1961-1970 - 'Jean Behra' Circuit - 1.240 miles / 1.995 km 1971-1988 - GP Circuit - 2.392 miles / 3.850 km 1971-1988 - National Circuit - 1.240 miles / 1.995 km 1989-1991 - GP Circuit - 2.654 miles / 4.271 km 1989-1991 - National Circuit - 1.629 miles / 2.621 km 1989-1991 - Club Circuit - 1.086 miles / 1.748 km 1992-2000 - GP Circuit - 2.641 miles / 4.250 km 1992-2000 - National Circuit - 1.629 miles / 2.621 km 1992-2000 - Club Circuit - 1.073 miles / 1.727 km 2001-2002 - GP Circuit - 2.641 miles / 4.250 km 2001-2002 - National Circuit - 1.629 miles / 2.621 km 2001-2002 - Club Circuit - 1.073 miles / 1.727 km 2003-XXXX - GP Circuit - 2.741 miles / 4.411 km 2003-XXXX - National Circuit - 1.668 miles / 2.684 km 2003-XXXX - Club Circuit - 1.073 miles / 1.727 km
Magny-Cours is located in central France, approximately 260km south of Paris and 240km north west of Lyon, near to the city of Nevers. The nearest airport of significance is Clermont-Ferrand Auvergne Airport, around 1 hour 50 minutes drive to the south. P aris-Orly is further still - around 2 hours 15 minutes to the north.
Access by road is via A77 from the north and N7 from the south . Regular train services run from Paris and Lyon to Nevers, making flights to either of these cities a good way to arrive.