Will a layout change help improve overtaking at Detroit's Belle Isle circuit?

Detroit’s Belle Isle circuit will undergo a layout change ahead of next year’s double-header event in a bid to improve overtaking opportunities.

The street circuit will be the first of three venues on next year’s championship calendar to host a double-header event, meaning fans will get to see two full-length races over the June 1-2 schedule.

Additionally, event organisers have opted to revert to the circuit layout used when the venue hosted the CART Series between 1997-2001, which will – using the 2012 layout as a guide – see the drivers continue along a loop at Turn 3 and rejoining at Turn 6.

The proposed layout change for the Belle Isle circuit
The proposed layout change is noted in red. Officials hope this will improve overtaking

The extension will increase the total lap distance by a quarter of a mile to 2.346 miles (3.777km, for those of you who are metrically-inclined), and it is hoped that the changes will earn plenty of praise from drivers and fans alike.

The 2012 race – which marked Detroit’s return to hosting the IndyCar Series – was also marred by a severe track break-up that saw the race suspended for two hours while hasty patch repairs were performed.

To avoid a repeat, officials have also committed to re-laying several section of the circuit, amounting to over 80,000 square feet of concrete and a further 3,000 square feet of asphalt.

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Richard Bailey

Founder & Chief Editor at MotorsportM8
Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.