Track Data & Statistics
Lap Distance - 2.466 miles
Race Laps - 77
Fastest Lap - 1:09.722
1st Split - 17.4 - 17.8
2nd Split - 32.5 - 32.9
3rd Split - 50.3 - 51.0
After driving two careful warm-up laps to give the tyres the necessary time to heat up properly, you finally put the pedal to the metal as you race down the starting straight, eager to drive the one lap that the viewers will talk about long after....
Having put on a very steep rear wing, you don't expect the speedometer to show more than 300 km/h (187 mph) on this short straight leading to a long 180 degree curve and you search the road to find a good marker for braking. The white and blue placards on the left seem to be right and just as they leave the field of vision, you step into the brakes hard enough to make the rear part of the car slide a bit thanks to the strong rearward brake bias, hereby turning the car into the first part of the curve. Shifting down all the time, you end up in second gear at 150 km/h (94 mph), let the car stabilise itself fully at 140 km/h (88 mph) and begin to accelerate again. (The evenly spaced placards on the left side may help you find the correct point to begin accelerating, but with some practice it comes naturally)
Shift to third during the acceleration phase to avoid the strong wheelspin at high revs in 2nd gear (No-Traction-Help drivers only) and pick up speed in fourth gear as you approach the next sweeping curve going to the left. It's very forgiving and, as with most broad, slow, 180 degree curves, there are many different good driving lines through it. Just as you are at 250 km/h (156 mph), brake hard to 160 km/h (100 mph) and try to make the rear part help you through the curve. (The sliding motion resulting from this manoeuvre will cut away the excess speed and you should end up at 140 km/h (88 mph)) Shift from second to first gear to intensify this oversteering behaviour and shift up again to second when you are through the first half of the curve.
Keep gassing in third and fourth gear as you are about to enter a longer straight part of the track and don't mind if you end up in the middle of the road as the gentle right-bend can be taken flat-out from nearly any position.
The high air resistance from the wings gives the engine a hard time on this straight and limits the maximum speed before the left-bend atop the hill to 295 km/h (184 mph). Drive through this bend flat out from the complete right and rush towards a long, dangerous right-hander at 300+ km/h (187+ mph). (If you lose control in the gentle left curve before, this might indicate worn or cold tyres)
Place the car somewhere in the left half of the road and wait for the right moment to brake. (Personally I do it by instinct but the tree vanishing on the right might help too) Hit the brakes sharply and long enough to reach a speed of 160 km/h (100 mph) and if the rear breaks out gently, you've already won. Because the car is slightly askew after this manoeuvre, the speed will drop further automatically to 140+ km/h (88+ mph) and, what is more important, the front will point inwards so that you can step on the gas early without fearing to be pushed outwards towards the end. For this reason shift to third as you accelerate and take the curbs into account when exiting. Whistling a tune after that heavy action, you accelerate further in fourth gear as you enter the second half of the lap.
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