A lap at Pedralbes
We start our lap at the Avinguda Diagonal, than called the Avenida del Generalisimo Franco, at the site where the Formula 1 races where started and finished. This was not a part of the original lay out from 1946 but was added to the track in 1950 for the Formula 1. The old start/finish line was at another part of the 2 km long straight.
This intersection was the last corner of the pre 1950 version of the circuit, when the straight was only 1,3 km (0.8125 Mile) long.
Here we pass the Palau Reial de Pedralbes. Probably here was the original start/finish line.
From here the straight is climbing slightly.
At the end of the 2 km ( 1.25 Mile) long straight we approach the first corner.
This was the breaking zone for the first corner...
The first corner should have been at the site of the overpass.
After the first corner accelerating on the Avinguda d’Esplugues, than called the Carretera de Cornella a Focas de Tordera.
A sign warns for speed traps now! We need to keep right to enter the the original road.
The first kink of the sweeping section starts now with a roundabout.
The flat out kink was followed by a short straight.
This was the first corner of the most technical section of the circuit which where only a few corners.
After this long corner another long straight...
The Avenida de la Victoria, now the Avinguda de Pedralbes.
From here the circuit was descending slightly.
If you say Barcelona you say Gaudí.
At the pre 1950 version of the circuit you had to go straight on at this intersection...
To enter here the Avenida del Generalisimo Franco...
But we will follow the 1950 extension and go left at the intersection...
And we are going into the Passeig de Manuel Girona, which still have the same name!
A slight kink in the Passeig de Manuel Girona.
Passing the Finca Miralles from Gaudí.
Hard braking for the corner at the end of the Passeig de Manuel Girona...
Now a roundabout!
Than into the Carrer de Numància.
After a relative short straight we turn to the start/finish straight.
And there we're back at the point we started.
© Tekst en foto's: Herman Liesemeijer