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Track Data & Statistics

Lap Distance - 2.747 miles
Race Laps - 69
Fastest Lap - 1:10.594
1st Split - 14.9 - 15.5
2nd Split - 37.4 - 37.8
3rd Split - 56.5 - 57.1

Track Layout

Track Guide

Coming out of the long, slightly banked Peralta you pass the starting line at 316 km/h (198 mph) and keep accelerating down the long starting straight, reaching a maximum speed of about 321 km/h (201 mph) before having to brake for the right-left-right combination. The 100m-sign is a perfect reference point for braking into the right-hand curve. For best results combine steering and braking which is possible only if the front wheels keep turning while braking (Brake Balance is set to rear). 190-200 km/h (119-125 mph) is a reasonable speed to enter, then let the car roll free to a speed of 170+ km/h (106+ mph) and just before you pass the apex begin accelerating again to 200+ km/h (125+ mph) and steer left.

Because of the long straight after the approaching right-hand curve it is very important to exit this curve at a high speed. (A car with a high wing setting often can outrun a low-winged car on a straight if it uses its stronger downforce to exit the curve before at a higher speed than other cars.)

The right-handed curve itself is very forgiving due to the broad, flat curbs which you will have to drive on to keep as much speed as possible. 170 km/h (106 mph) at the apex is quite safe. If you have a good gear-setup you can drive through the whole passage using only one gear which may be a small advantage. Slowly pull over to the right side of the straight and watch the distance markers rush past you.

Waiting at the end of this straight is a nasty left-right combination. Nasty, because the first part going to the left is very fast but the following right turn is very slow and there is virtually no space for braking properly. The braking point for the left-handed curve is well behind the 100m-sign. In the very last possible moment, brake shortly to a speed of 240-250 km/h (150-156 mph), steer and shift to the 4th gear. Then let the car roll free for a second. Shift down according to speed and try to keep left as long as possible. Since there are no special markers, you have to brake on instinct. Enter the right-handed curve at a speed of only 120-130 km/h (75-80 mph) and you still will have to drive completely on the curbs to make it through.

No time to rest. Coming next is a right-handed 180-degree curve that leads to the Esses. Make use of the car's tendency to oversteer and let the rear part help you turn into the curve. Because the track is so broad, the length difference between an inner lane and an outer lane is bigger than elsewhere. Brake early enough so that you can drive in an inner or middle lane and place yourself in a good position to accelerate for the upcoming Esses-complex.

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