In May 2011, a new circuit opened on the site of the former RAF Blyton, five miles North of Gainsborough in Lincolnshire. The vision of Richard Usher with the assistance of respected road tester John Barker and ex-racer Eugene O’Brien was to create a different sort of a venue, a fast, challenging, but ultimately forgiving environment where the art of car control could be learned and enjoyed.
The old tarmac laid by the US Air Force after the war was planed and a new tarmac surface was cut into it. The result is a fast flowing and technical track of over 1.5 miles, with nine corners of varying complexity and radius. The track is defined by new tarmac and white lines (much like racing circuits were in the 1970’s), with a distinct absence of kerbs, banks, pit walls and Armco barrier. The result is that at virtually all points on the circuit, over exuberance is rewarded with a harmless spin onto old tarmac or crops, rather than a heavy contact with unyielding objects.
Blyton Park has already become very popular with drivers wishing to find their own and their car’s limits. Since opening in May 2011, the circuit has hosted dozens of track days, hundreds of driving experiences, days of testing, evaluation and learning by race teams, the automotive media and vehicle manufacturers. Drivers of all ages and skill levels, driving everything from Formula 1 cars to Citroen 2 CV’s, have been able to hone their skills and test their cars at this new facility.