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APRIL 26, 2003

France reveals the new Magny-Cours

France's efforts to hold on to its national Grand Prix have been boosted by the completion of an $8m revamp for the Magny-Cours facility. The Nevers track has just undergone major surgery to improve overtaking opportunities and create more spectator capacity. The circuit has been reprofiled with a fast left-hander just before the old final Lycee corner. This leads the track down to a tight right-hander which takes the car back to a chicane and on to the start-finish line. The new Lycee complex will provide an additional 20,000 seats.

The work at Magny-Cours means that the venue now boasts three racing circuits and a new 4x4 circuit for all terrain vehicles. The Ligier Museum has been maintained.