Autospeedway, V8 Late Models

Finally: Racepark Meppen announces first oval races in 2020

Michael Großgarten

The Racepark Meppen will organize oval races for the first time in May – both the Autospeedway and the big oval are set to be used

In 2016, the Racepark Meppen in Niedersachsen was opened, but there have never been any major racing events. Track days and club sport have found a home on the variable course, however. In 2020, this is set to change fundamentally, as the first oval race day is scheduled to take place in Meppen on 9 and 10 May.

On the small oval the Stockcar F1, Stockcar F2, Stockcar F2 Juniors and National Hotrod, that want to hold the first German Masters, are expected. Maybe there will be another surprising race class. The oval is about 400 meters long and shares a track part with the big oval. The plan to race in Meppen is great news for Autospeedway fans, because since the closing of the tracks in Recklinghausen, Gelsenkirchen and Nettetal there have been no Autospeedway races in Germany.

Both, the V8 Oval Series and the Formula BRL V6 will run on the big oval that is around one kilometer long. Turns 1 and 2 are slightly banked and, as in Indianapolis, can be seen as independent turns. Turns 3 and 4, on the other hand, form more of a radial curve. It is not known whether the 2.3 kilometres long road course will be used. The Formula cars could use the ten-turns track.

The races of the V8 Oval Series are not part of the championship and are rather considered a test run for the late model series. After all, the teams first have to see how the cars perform on the flat but long track. On May 9th there are only practice runs, while on May 10th the races will be held. The track is owned by Raceway Venray owner Harry Maessen, but is managed by Peter Grondel and his team.