A circuitous life: 90 venues not out

A circuitous life: 90 venues not out

Sportscar correspondent and motorsport history lover Gary Watkins is at Shanghai this week – the 90th venue he’s visited. Here, he reflects on a few favourites and explains the rules of the game

Long-haul flights get me down at this time of year, but there was a spring in my step as I boarded my flight to Shanghai this week. It's not that I'm anticipating a thrilling climax to the FIA World Endurance Championship on Sunday, nor that I particularly enjoy visiting China. Rather, it was the prospect of reaching a not insignificant milestone in my motorsport life.

The Shanghai International Circuit is the 90th circuit I've had the good fortune to visit over the years. It's a tally that astounds me now as I scroll down my list of tracks and one that would have sounded implausible to the wide-eyed kid watching racing cars in the flesh for the first time at Brands Hatch 35 years ago.

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