Robert Castagnon, Armagnac producer but also a passionate car enthusiast, created in 1952 Ecurie Armagnac. His idea is to launch a competition in Armagnac first in the form of a race against time then according to the formula of a rally. The 1st Rally of Armagnac was born in 1953.
It all starts with this competition contested on open roads and part of which took place in the streets of Nogaro. The safety of pilots and the public in question, Robert Castagnon, with the complicity of his friend Paul Armagnac, must find a solution. This one seems obvious to him: to build a permanent circuit in the vicinity of Nogaro. It was then that an unused parcel of the aerodrome was annexed in 1959 and work could begin ...
The initial layout takes the forms of the Sebring Circuit (Florida, United States) on which Paul Armagnac played the 12H twice (1956 and 1959).
For the first time the checkered flag falls to Nogaro.
At the wheel of his Rainerie formula junior, Basini has just completed the final lap of the new circuit of Nogaro: 1752 m, foot to the floor. For him, this victory marks the end of a race. For Nogaro, the beginning of a story.
In 1962, a tragic event occurred with the death of Paul Armagnac during the 1000 Kilometers of Paris on the Circuit de Montlhéry. In tribute to the Gascon pilot, the Nogaro Circuit took its name and became the Circuit Paul Armagnac.Courtesy: Nogaro.
Track Length: 1960-72 Full Circuit - 1.089 miles / 1.752 km 1973-88 Grand Prix Circuit - 1.939 miles / 3.120 km Club Circuit - 1.118 miles / 1.799 km 1989-2006 Grand Prix Circuit - 2.259 miles / 3.636 km Club Circuit - 1.118 miles / 1.799 km 2007 to date Grand Prix Circuit - 2.259 miles / 3.636 km Club Circuit - 1.118 miles / 1.799 km
The Circuit Paul Armagnac is located in the town of Nogaro, in the Midi-Pyrénées region of France. The nearest international airport is at Pau, around 32 miles from the circuit, while Nogaro's own airport – used for private planes, helicopters and gliders – runs alongside the circuit itelf.
By road, Nogaro is roughly halfway between Bordeaux and Tolouse. It can be reached via the D931 which runs through the town, offering eventual access onto the A65 Langon-Pau and A62 Bordeaux to Tolouse autoroutes. From the A65 take exit 6 to Agen/Auch/Nogaro/Saint-Sever/Aire-sur-Adour and from the A52, take exit 7 towards Condom and Éauze.