Circuit de la Sarthe
Circuit de la Sarthe 2005
Circuit de la Sarthe 2009 (Full)
The evolution of the Circuit de la Sarthe in Gran Turismo
Country Flag of France France
Circuit Length 8.625 miles (13.881 km) (2005)
8.410 miles (13.535 km) (2005 (No Chicanes))
8.489 miles (13.662 km) (2009)
8.43 miles (13.57 km) (2009 (No Chicanes))
Turns (Left/Right) 21 (Layout I)
19 (Layout II)
Track Type Real World Circuit
Road Type Tarmac
Appears in Gran Turismo 4
Gran Turismo (PSP)
Gran Turismo 5
Gran Turismo 6
Gran Turismo Sport Update Icon[1]
Fastest Lap (real) 3:21.27 (Alain Ferté, Jaguar XJR9)
Selected Others 3:33.483 (Tom Kristensen, Audi R8)
3:35.529 (Mark Blundell, Bentley Speed 8)

The Circuit de la Sarthe is a real world circuit in Gran Turismo 4, Gran Turismo PSP, Gran Turismo 5 and Gran Turismo 6. It is an exact replica of the Circuit des 24 Heures in France, the home of the 24 Heures du Mans motor race.

The circuit is available in 5 layouts/variants, with the 2013 variant featured in GT6.

The circuit is based on a closed section of the track just south of the town of Le Mans in northern France.

The track is also available in Gran Turismo Sport. It initially appeared only through the game's Scapes section. However, the track returned in playable form as part of Update 1.19, released on May 30, 2018.

Circuit LayoutsEdit

Circuit I (2005)Edit

Circuit de la Sarthe I
Circuit de la Sarthe Hybrid (Chicanes On)

Circuit de la Sarthe I (in red) superimposed onto the full course.

Circuit de la Sarthe I (labeled as Circuit de la Sarthe 2005 in Gran Turismo 5) is a recreation of the Le Mans Circuit from between 2002 and 2005. The 13.88 km course featured, among its 21 corners, the newly added L'Arche Chicane and Le Florandiere Chicane on the Mulsanne Straight. These chicanes were designed to slow the cars from the 400 km/h+ speeds that were acheived on the old straight section. It also features a slightly modified infield section and flattened Mulsanne Kink at the third section of the mulsanne where Peter Dumbreck, among Mark Webber on the same weekend, managed to flip his Mercedes CLR on the bumpy track. it has appeared in a Demo in the Tokyo Game Show 2010.

Circuit II (2005 No Chicane)Edit

Circuit de la Sarthe II
Circuit de la Sarthe Hybrid (Chicanes Off)

Circuit de la Sarthe II (in blue) superimposed onto the full course.

Circuit de la Sarthe II (labeled as Circuit de la Sarthe 2005 (No Chicane) in Gran Turismo 5) is a replica of the Le Mans Circuit from 2002-2005 but without the roadblocks on the Mulsanne straight. The 13.53 km circuit features a flat-out 6 km section commonly known as the 'Mulsanne Straight' (Ligne Droite des Hunaudieres) where race speeds can reach in excess of 400 km/h. A few select players would use the hidden chicanes here just to take their time racing in this high speed course, especially when they're in the lead.

Circuit de la Sarthe 2009 + No Chicane (GT5)Edit

Circuit de la Sarthe 2009 (Full)

This layout is featured in Gran Turismo 5. It is the 2009 version of Sarthe.

The lap record is 3:18:513 set by Stéphane Sarrazin in 2009 while driving a Peugeot 908 HDi FAP.

Circuit de la Sarthe 2013 (GT6)Edit

Circuit de la Sarthe 2009

This track layout appears in Gran Turismo 6, and to date is the newest version of Sarthe playable in Gran Turismo.

As of 2017, the lap record for this version of the track is 3:14:791 set by Kobayashi for Toyota Motorsport.


Gran Turismo 4Edit

Gran Turismo SportEdit

GT League

Events - No ChicaneEdit

Gran Turismo 4Edit

Layout and SectorsEdit

Sectors 1 & 2Edit

Home Straight

The home straight.

Start your lap on the left side of the straight. Before entering turn 1, lift off at the pit-lane control line and coast around. Start applying the brakes at the corner apex and trail brake, ensuring you apply them gently to avoid locking up and understeering. Maintain your braking pressure as you approach the Dunlop Chicane, moving from the left side of the track to the right. As you are applying the braking, be sure not to steer to much and instead ease the car across the track.

Dunlop Chicane

Dunlop Chicane

Enter the first turn of the Dunlop Chicane as you come off the brakes. The surface of the road here is bumpy and uneven and can cause understeer. Maintain constant throttle and as you go through, ensuring you don't open up the throttle until you are out of the corner completely. Accelerate under the Dunlop Bridge, staying on the left side of the track.

Dunlop Bridge

Dunlop Bridge

Head into turn 5 a full throttle, coming off the accelerator as you descend. Begin braking as you reach the side road on the right. Set your apex far into turn 6 as you control your throttle. Gently open the throttle as you go through turn 7, ensuring that you do not open it too early and understeer into the wall.

Sectors 3-5Edit

Tertre Rouge GT Sport

Tertre Rouge

Begin braking using the sector split arch as your cue in preparation for Tertre Rouge. Be sure not to drop too much as you will be heading onto the Les Hunaudières straight. Set your apex earlier than usual and aim to head to the outside of the track as you increase your throttle. From here, the track becomes a street circuit, starting with the long straight to the L'Arche Chicane.

L'Arche Chicane

L'Arche Chicane

Be wary that the straight is not completely flat, and cambers slightly towards the outside. This will have an affect on the car's behavior when braking for the L'Arche Chicane; you'll also be approaching from a high speed, so you'll want to start braking early. Position your car on the left and use the light system you see as your cue and slow down sufficiently. Enter the chicane with a steady throttle and aim to connect the corner apexes. As you turn left, begin to open the throttle and accelerate back out onto the Les Hunaudières.

Le Floradiere Chicane uses a similar approach to L'Arche Chicane, but is faster and goes left-right-left instead. Move to the right side of the road and brake at the 200m marker board. Control the throttle as you connect the apexes of the chicane and accelerate out.


Mulsanne exit

The Mulsanne Corner is a tight chicane at the end of the Les Hunaudières straight. You will be braking from not only a high speed, but also around a slight bend in the road, making the corner approach difficult. Begin braking at the 200m marker board gently, and ease the car around the bend while braking. Gradually increase the brakes until the car is slowed down enough, then turn tightly around the hairpin using an early apex. Move to the outside of the circuit and accelerate.

Sectors 6-8Edit

Arnage exit

Arnage exit.

From Mulsanne Corner, the road narrows dramatically into a fast, fairly straight section. The run down to Indianapolis Corner has two right hand kinks that can be taken at full throttle. At the end of the long stretch is a quick right hand bend followed by the sharp left hand turn that is Indianapolis Corner. Brake at the 100m marker board to navigate the right, and then brake briefly again using the road on the right as your cue for Indianapolis Corner. Take an out-in-out line similar to one from a street circuit.

Porsche Curves GT Sport

Porsche Curves

Following is a short straight that leads to Arnage. Brake using the sector split arch as your cue, and take another out-in-out line similar to the last. This leads onto a stretch of road that heads towards the Porsche Curves and back onto the purpose built circuit. Pass through the left at full throttle and brake at the 100m marker board. Control your throttle through the second part of the Porsche Curves.

Sectors 9 & 10Edit

Virage du Pont

Virage du Pont

Open the throttle up through the final left of the Porsche Curves, and prepare for Virage du Pont. Brake momentarily at the mid-point between the turns and turn in while maintaining steady acceleration. Maintain your throttle through the following turns as well, and only open up completely once you reach the straight before the Ford Chicane. Head through the Ford Chicane without lifting, aiming to join the apexes in a straight line.

Ford Chicane

Ford Chicane

For the final two chicanes, slow down sufficiently before entering; these are tight and slow, and marked with tall kerbstones. Begin braking for the first just before the pit lane entry road. Enter the chicane with minimal acceleration, brake gently between the chicanes, and repeat the chicane movement again for the final corners.

Easter EggsEdit

  • In GT4, at the start during replay (when your car crosses the start/finish line at the start of the race), you can see three jet fighter planes on the top left corner spewing colored smoke forming the colors of the French flag (the left plane spews blue smoke, the middle spews white, while the right spews red).

External linksEdit


  1. Available as part of a post-release update