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Track Data & Statistics

Lap Distance - 2.654 miles
Race Laps - 72
Fastest Lap - 1:08.864
1st Split - 13.5 - 13.8
2nd Split - 32.0 - 32.5
3rd Split - 49.3 - 50.1

Track Layout

Track Guide

Thousands crane their necks to get a better view of your sparkling car as it slowly and gracefully emerges from the Lycee Bend but this illusion of peace is quickly destroyed as your rear wheels suddenly bite into the road and catapult you across the starting straight. As you cross the starting-line you have already accelerated to 240 km/h (150 mph) and shift to fifth gear before entering the left-handed Big Bend. Stay close to the left curbs, shift to sixth and prepare for the long, strenuous ride through the Estoril Bend right-hander. Since there are many different good driving lines through this sweeping bend, there is no point in describing a specific one in detail. However, using a steep rear wing and a small trick you can drive through without having to lift throttle for a second and hereby achieve a high average speed through this part. (It is no problem to drive through flat out, even with less wing, but the oversteering caused in the process will slow down the car significantly and will offset the higher speed gained thanks to the flatter wings on the following straights.)

The car's tyres can use their grip either for longitudinal accelerating (positive or negative) or to withstand lateral forces, caused by steering, or for a combination of both, hereby making compromises since the absolute value of tolerable forces is fixed. Now, the Estoril Bend has two or three slippery parts in which the rear tyres will exceed their grip envelope if you keep on trying to accelerate while you steer. For this reason you will have to break the power transmission to the rear axle when you approach these slippery spots, thus eliminating the accelerating task for a short time and allowing the tyres to withstand the strong lateral (sideways) forces. Releasing the throttle is one option but the response time is not very good, so you might end up losing more speed than you intended. Another possibility is to de-clutch for a moment by pretending to shift up just before you pass over the slippery part and to release clutch immediately when the tyres grip again. (Listen to the squeaking sound)

Do that twice in the right moment and your speed should not drop below 277 km/h (173 mph) and, what is even more important, it will give you a good exiting speed for the following straights. (Don't be too stingy with the clutch. Experiment to find the right moment and duration.)

Race past the large grandstands on the left, pass the Golf Course Bend and approach the hairpin at 317 km/h (198 mph). It is not without reason that this hairpin is called the Adelaide Bend. Everything that applies to the "real" curve holds true here too. The correct braking point is crucial to a good pass-through, as is the release point and the right revs. A short first gear, and its higher motor braking power, will greatly help to swing the car around this sharp corner and give good acceleration towards the end. Brake at approximately 110-120m before the curve and shift down calmly to the first gear. Steer, release the brakes and drift around the inner curbs. Prepare to accelerate early as this will help straighten the car faster if all went well.

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