Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours, Magny-Cours, France

The Magny-Cours circuit first appeared on the WorldSBK calendar for a single year in 1991 but since 2003 has been a regular fixture, as the series makes the journey each season to the 90,000 capacity venue near the towns of Magny-Cours and Nevers, some 250km (160 miles) to the south of Paris. The championship has also briefly visited both Paul Ricard and Le Mans, whilst riders such as Regis Laconi, Sebastien Gimbert and Raymond Roche have represented France in WorldSBK, with the latter winning the 1990 title.
Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours, Magny-Cours, France

SuperShow in Paddock Show on Saturday afternoon.

Kids under 16 are free*.

*Children under 16 years old accompanied by an adult with a valid ticket have a free access to all Grandstands and General Admission areas (except Grandstand L Adelaïde).

Paddock Show

Exclusive to WorldSBK, the Paddock Show is back with more opportunity to meet the riders, win official WorldSBK goodies and a SuperShow on Saturday. Two hours of entertainment involving riders from all classes, you won’t want to miss any of the on-stage action and autograph sessions.

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Paddock Show Schedule

FRIDAY, 27 September

12:45 h   Acerbis Answer to Win - Competition for Fans

13:15 h   Sofa Racer Chat Show with WorldSBK French riders

13:30 h   Sofa Racer Chat Show with WorldSSP French riders

16:45 h   Sofa Racer Chat Show with WorldSSP300 French riders

17:00 h   WorldSSP300 Opening Day Show

17:20 h   WorldSBK Opening Day Show

17:40 h   WorldSSP Opening Day Show

17:55 h  GMT94 Q&A - Meet the riders

SATURDAY, 28 September

10:15 h                  Acerbis Answer to Win - Competition for Fans

End of Race          WorldSBK Race 1 Podium & Qualifying Show

SuperShow:

16:00 h   WorldSSP300 Qualifying Show & Meet ‘n’ Greet

16:30 h  GMT94 Chat Show

16:50 h   WorldSSP Qualifying Show & Meet ‘n’ Greet

17:15 h   MOTUL Race Chat

17:30 h   WorldSBK Meet ‘n’ Greet

17:45 h   GRT Racing on Stage

SUNDAY, 29 September

10:00 h                Competition for Fans

10:30 h                 MOTUL Chat Show

11:35 h                 WorldSSP300 Meet ‘n’ Greet

11:45 h                  Legends Chat Show

End of Race         WorldSSP Race Podium Show

End of Race         WorldSBK Race 2 Podium Show

End of Race         WorldSSP300 Race Podium Show

 

Live Commentary for all sessions from Friday till Sunday & Chat Show with special guests.

Schedule subject to changes/cancellations. Follow PA announcements.

Fan Guide

MOTUL ACTION BOX: Saturday and Sunday

Motul welcomes you at the Action Box (Pit Box N. 1) to enjoy the action from the Pit Garage.

FAN ZONE in the PADDOCK: Friday to Sunday

WorldSBK Official Series Merchandise

Hyundai Car Display & Road Test Drive

Hyundai Promo Booth to experience the world of Hyundai Motorsport

Shad & Acerbis display and photo opportunity with bike

Prosecco product tasting

Motocard entertainment & shop

VILLAGE: Stunt Matt Mekatrix

Friday: 17:20 - 18:00 h

Saturday: 12:05 - 12:25 & 16:05 - 16:35 h

Sunday: 10:05 - 10:35 & 14:45 - 15:20 h

VILLAGE: Soirée DJ Mast

Saturday: 17:00 - 19:00 h

PIT WALK

SATURDAY 16:10 - 16:40 h Pit Lane Gate closing time 16:25 h. 

SUNDAY 10:10 - 10:30 h Pit Lane Gate closing time: 10:15 h.

Activity with limited capacity, access only with special wristband - on sale at the Circuit Ticket Box Office.

Spectator Services

KIDS: Children under 16 years old accompanied by an adult with a valid ticket have a free access to all Grandstands and General Admission areas (except Grandstand L Adelaïde).

PADDOCK: Tickets with Paddock Access are on sale at the Circuit Ticket Box Office.

PIT WALK: Tickets to access Pit Lane Walk area on sale at the Circuit Ticket Box Office.

Useful Information

Full name: Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours, Magny-Cours, France

Capital City: Paris

Time zone: GMT +1

Currency: Euro (symbol: €, code: EUR)

Electric plug type: C & F

 Important telephone numbers:
  • Emergency services: 112
  • Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours: +33 3 86 21 80 00
  • Clermont-Ferrand Auvergne Airport: +33 4 73 62 71 00

Weather: When WorldSBK visits Magny-Cours at the end of September average daily highs are around 19°C (66°F) and nightly lows drop to 8°C (46°F). Rain is not unheard of at this time of year in this area of France, so pack accordingly.


Why we love France and Magny-Cours

This beautiful, modern European republic has centuries of romantic history and is a land of sophisticated cities, miles of fantastic coastline, epic mountain ranges, excellent cuisine and huge areas of picturesque countryside. France has a unqiue charm and leaves an impression on any visitor.

Paris is a chic and dominant capital city which enchants millions of tourists each year with its fine cafes, wide tree-lined boulevards, the Arc de Triomphe, the River Seine, the Eiffel Tower, the Champs-Élysées and the trendy designer boutiques of the Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré.

The Palace of Versailles, also in the Paris region, is a world-class architectural masterpiece. Cities like Marseille, Lyon, Toulouse, Nice, Nantes, and Montpellier are dynamic urban centres with rich local cuisines and cultures of their own.

Regions such as Rhône-Alpes, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, Languedoc-Roussillon, Midi-Pyrénées, Burgundy and Champagne-Ardenne offer fine wines, excellent restaurants and wonderful landscapes.

Magny Cours sits in the Nièvre department of the Bourgogne-Franche-Comté region of central France. This newly named region came into existence in January 2016 after the territorial reform of French Regions and covers a considerable 48,000 km2 area, inhabited by more than 2.8 million people.

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Finding the right accommodation

The main place to stay if you are visiting the Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours is in the small city of Nevers itself.

This attractive little city has a population of around 30,000 people and has a fair number of hotels, many of which are three or four starred and reasonably priced. Guesthouses are another option in Nevers itself and dotted around the countryside in hamlets and villages within easy reach of the circuit.

There are hotels and motels along the along the N7 highway, which connects Paris to Italy and has also been called the Route des vacances (The Holiday Route). This road also connects Nevers to the racetrack.

Additional options include staying in a châteaux if your budget extends to that luxury, or hiring a typical gîte with friends for an authentic Gallic stay in the French countryside.

Exploring Nièvre and Bourgogne-Franche-Comté

Nevers is the prefecture of the Nièvre department and is a quaint little French city. Small meandering streets lead you through the old town where some of the houses date back to the 14th century, while the Place de la République is an elegant tree-lined square, bordered by smart buildings.

Take in the centuries-old Cathédrale of Saint Cyr-Sainte Julitte or visit the Ducal Palace, built in the 15th and 16th centuries and now home to the local courts of justice and a museum. Behind the palace is an open public space where you can enjoy the view of the Loire valley, whilst the river itself is crossed by an iron railway line and a modern stone bridge. The Gare de Nevers railway station offers connections to major cities such as Paris and Lyon.

Elsewhere in Bourgogne-Franche-Comté the Burgundy region is a historical treasure and is famous for its Burgundy wines, as well as some fine Pinot Noirs, Chardonnays, Chablis and Beaujolais.

The capital of Burgundy, Dijon, is some 180km and a two and half hour drive from the circuit but for those who make it that far it provides a real taste of the region. Famous for its mustard Dijon is a sizeable city with many fine restaurants and it boasts the imposing Palace of the Dukes, where the distinguished Musée des Beaux-Arts was established in 1787. The Grand Théâtre de Dijon was built in 1828 and the historical city centre has been recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Tips for visiting Nièvre and Bourgogne-Franche-Comté

A key point to keep in mind in this mainly rural part of France are the distances between the major cities and airports. Clermont-Ferrand Auvergne Airport is just under a two-hour drive from Magny Cours and Paris-Orly is over two hours away. Trains to Paris and Lyon from Nevers can take three or more hours.

Unless you abstain from alcohol you will surely want to try some of the local tipples, given how good French wine can be. Prices are often hiked up for bottles in restaurants but the house red or white will usually be of good quality and a glass is often part of the set menu (prix fixe / table d'hôte).

Excellent French wines can be bought very cheaply in supermarkets, although asking for recommendations from locals might be tricky unless you speak a little French. Once you have found a good wine in a bar or restaurant be sure to keep an eye out for it in the local shops. Oh and French cheese counters in local shops and supermarkets are excellent and the origin of each cheese is stated clearly, so buying local is not hard.

Did you know?

The 2016 race weekend at Magny-Cours marked the 25th anniversary of the first WorldSBK visit to the circuit back in 1991, when both races were dominated by Doug Polen en route to his first WorldSBK title.

Sylvain Guintoli became the first French winner at Magny-Cours in WorldSBK in 2012 (Race 1) and he repeated the victory in Race 1 of 2014, in his championship winning season.