Track design competition winners named

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Hermann Tilke's entry was disqualified
Hermann Tilke's entry was disqualified

If the world’s racing circuits disappeared overnight and we needed a fresh set of blueprints to work from, at least we already have a collection of great ideas thanks to the stack of track concepts sent in for the latest F1 Fanatic competition.

The winners, who each receive ??100 courtesy of the Mind Your Own Business Podcast, are named below.

Fantasy design – Alex Odell

Alex Odell\'s winning entry
Alex Odell's winning entry

Alex Odell’s canyon track was originally designed for a project but it wasn’t just the detailed 3D rendering that impressed. With a jump and a tunnel forming part of the track it looks like something straight out of a computer game. Congratulations to Alex, who is the first of our two ??100 winners.

Realistic design – Neil Smith

Neil Smith\'s winning entry
Neil Smith's winning entry

Neil Smith picked a location for his realistic circuit – Ellis Island in New York. As well as including some ideas popular with modern F1 circuits – like a blast along a waterfront – he included ideas from tracks like Spa-Francorchamps and Elkhart Lake. All he needs now is a few hundred million dollars to turn his vision into a reality. Well, we can help him out with the first hundred…

Honourable mentions

There were a lot of fine entries for the competition and the submissions came in the form of maps, sketches, documents and more. Here’s a small sample of some of the excellent ideas we received.

This detailed concept from Rhys Gardiner (a.k.a. Stealthman) was a front-runner in the realistic category. It included suggestions for alternative configurations and what types of barrier should be used. Grant Bigham’s idea included a recommended racing line and the Pinball Autodrome by Leslie Roche had what every F1 track should have – a cross-over. And the technical sophistication of Eric M’s entry was enormously impressive.

I’m afraid I can’t mention everyone who entered by name, but thanks to everyone who sent in track designs.

And Mr Tilke, if you want to get in touch with the winners you can find my contact details at the bottom of the page.