We now head south-west into the jagged mountains of Spain at El Camino Viejo de Montserrat.
Nestled in the mountains east of Barcelona, Spain, El Camino Viejo de Montserrat (literally translating to “the old road of Montserrat”) is a narrow mountain pass that had been used for centuries as a means for people to travel to and from a famed Benedictine abbey located towards the peak. It also eventually became a popular tourist destination for its scenic vistas, seeing more crowds arrive as it became paved.
Years later in the 1960s, as other roads were built through the jagged peaks of Montserrat, a section of El Camino Viejo was re-purposed and adapted for motorsports and car club use. The winding narrow roads proved to be a challenge for drivers, and an experience for spectators. It was especially popular for rally use. However, the official course was later closed due to safety concerns, with the roads remaining and being periodically refurbished for public use.
Still, this was not the end of what this stretch of road would see in motorsports. Not too many years after the old road course was closed off, construction began nearby on the Montserrat Motorsport Complex, which is comprised of two facilities.The first is the Ladera Test Track - a state of the art test track used for pushing cars to the limits, as well as being a school circuit used for honing the skills of promising new drivers, and the second is the Iberian International Circuit - a circuit course popular for grand prix style racing and grand touring, which uses the latest safety technology and takes advantage of the undulating terrain of Montserrat to provide exciting and rewarding racing action for any type of car.
These two courses remain in active use today, and are connected to each other and to El Camino Viejo by access roads. On rare and special racing events, however, a 4.3 mile extreme circuit that runs through Iberian, Ladera, and El Camino Viejo is set up, giving an unforgettable racing experience for everyone involved, and bringing life back to the old road of Montserrat.
This race day is not one of those extreme days, however. We will we driving and experiencing the road as it was back around the heyday of our roadsters - on the original El Camino Viejo full circuit.
Be sure to keep your handling skills up to snuff. It’s a twisty road out there.
*REMINDER* The race begins at 3:30 PM CST, and the lobby opens up half an hour before that. Be sure to arrive early just in case of connection issues! The livestream of the race can be watched here.
If you haven’t already set up your car or signed up, it’s too late for you to join in for this race, but you can join in on the next one when you’re ready.
If you haven’t been added to the club yet, contact SVTyler (XBL: mackleroy45) or myself (XBL: RoboRedMdn1te) so we can send you a club invite and you can be added and be ensured to get the race invite!
The lap time to meet for this week’s race is 1:16.5, and we will be running on the Full Reverse configuration. Please take plenty of time to familiarize yourself with the track and to tune your car.
You might want to consider taking a look at ScorpioGTX1’s tuning guide for ideas on basic tuning.
If you’re new and need info on this racing series, please read the info thread. There’s plenty of time to join in and if you haven’t yet, message SVTyler on here on Oppo (mackleroy45 on XBL) or myself (RoboRedMdn1te on XBL) to get an invite to the club.