|Title:||Sprint de la Principauté|
|Elevation change:||30 metres|
|Altitude finishline:||265 metres|
|GPS coordinates:||50° 3′ 21.24″ – 4° 18′ 20.8794″|
|Average Speed:||161,05 km/h|
|Short Facts||The Sprint uses half of the Chimay motorracing circuit.|
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|01/07/2001||Jean Schmits||Ralt F3000||2:12,27||Results|
|30/06/2002||Jean Schmits||Ralt F3000||2:11,99||Results|
|29/06/2003||Jean Schmits||Ralt F3000||2:13,25||Results|
|27/06/2004||Jean Schmits||Ralt F3000||1:06,19||Results|
|14/05/2006||Jean Schmits||Ralt F3000||2:12,05||Results|
|13/05/2007||Jean Schmits||Ralt F3000||2:13,07||Results|
|11/05/2008||Jean Schmits||Ralt F3000||1:05,82||Results|
|27/05/2012||Jelle De Coninck||Norma M20F||1:05,90||Results|
|19/05/2013||Jelle De Coninck||Norma M20F||1:14,59||Results|
|08/06/2014||Jelle De Coninck||Norma M20F||1:03,56||Results|
|24/05/2015||Anthony Loeuilleux||Tatuus Master||1:05,25||Results|
|15/05/2016||Jacques Marchal||Norma M20F||1:05,56||Results|
|04/06/2017||Anthony Loeuilleux||Tatuus Master||1:05,32||Results|
|20/05/2018||Jelle De Coninck||Norma M20 FC||1:01,47||Results|
|09/06/2019||Jean Schmits||Ralt F3000||1:06,59||Results|
For many people today, Chimay is known for its Abbey beer and perhaps the large château. But the town in the south of Belgium also has a large motorsport heritage dating back to 1926. That year saw the first race on a 10.5km long street circuit just north of the town. Until 1972 the main race on the circuit was the Grand Prix des Frontières. As a non-championship event it often switched regulations from year-to-year to suit as many entrants as possible. Twice a non-championship Formula One race (’49 & ’54), during its history it has also been run as Sports Cars, Formula Junior, Formula Libre, Formula 2, and the last 8 years as a Formula 3 race. It was never a major international race but nevertheless it includes winners such as Maurice Trintignant, Paul Frère, Prince Bira and Guy Mairesse.
After the 1972 season the track was considered to dangerous for cars and continued mostly as a motorcycle venue. Today it only hosts classic races.
In 1992 the new rectangular track was constructed within the old track. Its 4750m length uses a new pit straight and a long back straight with chicanes before re-entering the old track near the Virage du Beauchamp at the very northern tip. The Sprint de la Principauté only uses the new constructions as the old halve of the track is actually a major public road.