Going out with friends or family (6/7)

Full speed ahead at the Mondercange go-kart track

The Mondercange circuit was where Michael Schumacher and Jarno Trulli first took to the track.  Photo: Shutterstock

The Mondercange circuit was where Michael Schumacher and Jarno Trulli first took to the track.  Photo: Shutterstock

This summer, Delano’s sister publication Paperjam is offering a weekly idea for a day out with friends or family. In this sixth instalment, the editorial team takes you to the Mondercange go-kart track.

A not-to-be-missed event in Luxembourg, the Schueberfouer kicked off on Wednesday in Limpertsberg. If the fair’s attractions and the gromperekichéelcher (Luxembourg’s famous potato pancake) aren’t your cup of tea, the editors suggest an alternative that’s just as exciting: getting behind the wheel of a go-kart on the Mondercange track.

Open since 1974, the outdoor circuit was the scene of the first laps of the track by legends Michael Schumacher and Jarno Trulli. But don’t worry, you don’t need to be an ace driver to drive at top speed on the track, which is 867 metres long and seven to eight metres wide.

It’s a cocktail of adrenaline, thrills and speed that awaits racing fans, thrill-seekers and those who just want to share a moment with friends.

45 karts for all ages and abilities

The Automobile Club du Luxembourg (ACL) is making 45 karts available, divided into four models. These include twelve karts (Honda 200 cc) for young drivers aged eight and over, with a minimum height of 1.3m. 20 karts (Honda 270 cc) are reserved for teenagers aged 15 and over. Eleven other karts (Honda 390 cc) are designed for experienced adult drivers. And finally, two two-seater karts designed for children aged five and over and for people with reduced mobility.

Throughout August, the facility welcomes drivers from Tuesday to Sunday, from 10.30am to 6.30pm. For the first two weeks of September, the circuit will only be open in the afternoons from Tuesday to Friday until nightfall. Then, from 15 September to 5 November, it will be open from Wednesday to Sunday until sunset, before taking a winter break until 1 March.

The circuit is closed in the event of rain, unless there is an exceptional request from drivers wishing to test themselves in extreme conditions (adults only). However, the management reserves the right to interrupt the session if conditions are deemed too risky.

Rates and regulations

To be able to drive, it is important to respect the rules and regulations to guarantee your safety and that of the other drivers:

- A maximum of 15 drivers is allowed per session.

- You must wear clothing that includes long sleeves to protect your arms, trousers and closed-toed shoes. Participants who have their own equipment (helmets, gloves and wetsuits) are allowed to use them. Alternatively, wetsuits can be hired on site for five euros.

- Minors are admitted provided they are accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Additional accompanying persons will have to wait on the terrace.

- Reservations are required to control the number of people on site.

- A waiver of claims must be completed and signed.

There are also offers for groups of eight children or 12 adults on the track. In addition, special packages are available, such as for birthdays. Kart owners also benefit from training slots.

Reservations can be made up to three weeks in advance. However, it is possible for groups to organise the event in advance by contacting +352 37 90 01 or by sending an e-mail to [email protected].

So, “turn up the volume, and see you at the first bend!”

This article was first published in French on Paperjam. It has been translated and edited for Delano.