The initiator of today's «Circuit de Lignières» is called Robert Souaille. Back in the 50s of the last century, the French officer was already working with «Operation Sécurité», established by the Banque de France. In 1961, he laid the foundations for a driving site in a small village between Biel and Neuchâtel, which was operated by the «Institut International de Psychodynamie SA».
With its construction, he commissioned Hansmarkus Huber, a (then) young automobile engineer, who today still enjoys historic automobile racing.
The construction of «Circuit de Lignières» in 1961 created more than just a new racetrack in Switzerland (which at that time was actually considered to be impossible). The visionary Robert Souaille recognised the importance and necessity of education and training behind the wheel and handlebars more than 50 years ago. In 1964 followed the expansion of the 1,006 km long track to today's 1,350 km.
In 1998 came the «end» until TCS auctioned the site in 2003 and started to gradually restore it.
As a result, the visions of Robert Souaille came full circle. Today in Lignières, TCS Training & Events AG offers driving safety courses, driver training, sports driving courses and two-phase driver training. Furthermore, the site and the professional instructors are available for corporate events, clubs and institutions.
For information on the current range of offers, please visit www.lignieres.tcs.ch
In the time between 1961 and 1998, «Circuit de Lignières» had written a unique piece of Swiss motorsports history, with all the highs and lows, many victories, even more defeats, countless friends and acquaintances, and an atmosphere which tens of thousands of spectators and visitors could take part in.
This history and many of these stories which incorporate Lignières Historique are retold year after year; partly on the track and partly next to the track.
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