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Ascari – racing, gentleman style

Ascari RacingIf you ignore those cheeky wannabe racers on the motorway, motor racing is very much a gentleman’s sport. To start with, you need certain resources if you want to do it properly, which has a way of separating the men from the boys. Indeed, whether you’re into the oily atmosphere of real competition racing or the more refined pleasures of taking classic racing cars around a private track, the history of the sport endows it with an element of glamour and excitement that is at the very heart of the motoring enthusiast. For those fortunate enough to own a beautiful sports car there is nothing like exploring the limits of man and machine, preferably in a safe, controlled environment where there is technical support on hand and you are surrounded by fellow enthusiasts. Traffic densities and safety restrictions pretty much rule out the public road system, with its variety of vehicle types and speeds, so the ultimate option is to become a member of a private racing track and enjoy your car in style. Race Resort Ascari Dutch engineer and entrepreneur, Klaas Zwart, faced exactly this dilemma until he decided to create his own dream circuit in the Costa del Sol hills near Ronda. Built on the grounds of a former military training ground, the circuit is set within an almost imperceptible bowl in the beautiful broad valley that marks this country area some 45 minutes from Marbella. This topography acts to dampen the noise coming from the circuit, allowing those engaging its succession of classic curves to really let their hair down.Ascari Race Track Having built a state-of-the-art circuit that ranks with the finest anywhere, Klaas Zwart did not forget about the gentlemanly comforts surrounding the circuit. These include a stylish clubhouse with bar, lounge, restaurant and poolside lounging and dining area, an elegant boutique hotel surrounded by nature, a rather scenic helipad near the entrance to the pits and an extensive pit area where cars are serviced during racing and forecourt where they can be admired in all their glory. Members can take to the circuit in their own cars, receive professional racing school training and also use the Radicals, BMWs and custom-engineered Lotus Elise sports cars of the club. Those with a need for highbrow repairs or maintenance, or who simply wish to have their Ferrari or Lamborghini looked after in a professional environment, can make use of the truly impressive garage – which counts among its amazing collection of vehicles former Formula One Ferraris and the Benetton of Michael Schumacher. For those with the means to enjoy it, Race Resort Ascari provides the ultimate way to enjoy beautiful cars and motor racing within comfort, safety and the fraternity of gentleman - or lady - racers.