Lunch in the fast lane
There are three things that flow through Jerezano veins: sherry, flamenco and horses. But for many there’s a fourth element: petrol! Jerez is home to one of the finest motor racing circuits in the world, and hosts MotoGP, World Superbikes and plenty of national and local level races. It’s also one of the principal test tracks for Formula 1. Not bad for a circuit that only opened in 1985!
During our visit to Jerez there were no races at the circuit. Today’s MotoGP race is in Aragon, so we’re watching it in a bar with a montadito and a glass of Fino. However there are other ways to get the Circuito de Jerez experience.
From late October, guided tours of the circuit will resume. We did this tour two years ago and it was spectacular. Led by a member of staff who’d been there since the beginning and had amazing stories to tell, this was truly an access all areas tour. As well as all the pits, podium, press room and ‘backstage’ areas, we had a tour of the track and service road, visiting all the rider and driver monuments that the public rarely see.
But you don’t have to do a tour or visit the museum to enjoy the circuit any day of the week. For the price of a cuppa – or a copa – you can visit the new Restaurante Pitstop. Just turn up at the gate and tell them you’re here for the restaurante and you’re in!
And, wow, what a location! Underneath the grandstand overlooking the penultimate corner you can sit on the terrace and imagine the action even when the circuit is empty. But if you’re lucky you might get to have lunch to the sound of motorcycle or GT testing or even a track day.
“If you want something that’s not on the menu, just let us know and we’ll do what we can”
I tend to associate that kind of service with a swish restaurant or hotel, not a trackside cafe!
The owners are Hermanos Rubio who used to be based at the nearby Barceló hotel. They’re now running the Pitstop seven days a week and its seriously worth a visit. If you’re a petrol head like we are, then the location is unbeatable and you never know you might even see a little wheel to wheel action!
For guided visits, go to http://www.circuitodejerez.com/index.php?id=169