Circuit des Ecuyers is a relatively new circuit purpose built for track days and general testing, which offers a picturesque location to get in some practice without fear of damaging machine or driver.
With the full circuit measuring 3.5km and featuring no less than 17 curves, it is a very technical and challenging track with some good elevation changes adding to the fun.
The facility is set within the substantial grounds of a private estate, which also boasts an equestrian centre, in an unspoilt area of northern France.
Opened in 2007, it sits on a private estate nestled within woodland at Beuvardes, near to the historic town of Château-Thierry. Just 90 minutes by car from Paris and within 150km of the Belgian border and 250km of Calais, the circuit has become popular with riders from across Europe.
The circuit is laid out down a rolling hillside and packs in an abundance of different corners within its layout, which can be configured in three different lengths, two of which can operate simultaneously.
The majority of corners are taken in third gear but with a couple of quick fourth gear corners and several straights to build up speed, it is not slow by any means. The topography of the land has been used to good effect as well, creating a mini-rollercoaster ride, particularly round the full circuit.
There are few barriers to hit and wide expanses of grassed run-off, making it an ideal facility to practise, safe in the knowledge that a mistake is unlikely to end in disaster.
Facilities at the site, which also include an equestrian centre, are good, with well-appointed reception and briefing rooms and a covered terrace from which you can watch the action on track.
Among the professional teams using the circuit in recent years have been the Sebastian Loeb Racing WTCR Team, while Yvan Muller gave a demonstration of the Citroen C-Elysée World Touring Car in 2016.