Track Data & Statistics
Lap Distance - 2.349 miles
Race Laps - 81
Fastest Lap - 1:07.480
1st Split - 15.2 - 15.6
2nd Split - 32.6 - 33.3
3rd Split - 47.8 - 48.5
Clashing gears as you accelerate down the short starting straight you place the car on the complete right in preparation for the extremely fast chicane on Wakefield road. Drive over the pit's exit lane and keep accelerating until the last possible moment before releasing the throttle for just an instant as you steer left into the chicane. When you steer to the right you should already have hit the throttle again and exit at 270-280 km/h (169-175 mph). Keep accelerating through the gentle left-handed bend and shift to the sixth gear as you pull over to the left lane.
As the grandstand on your left rushes by at over 300 km/h your eyes search the road before you for any prominent features that might help you find the breaking point for the first right-handed curve leading to the Flinders Street complex. Brake just after the sign on the left passes by and enter the curve at approximately 180 km/h (112 mph). Decelerate gradually and when you are about to exit the curve shift from the third to second gear so that you have more punch when you hit the throttle again. You'll need this power to make the car oversteer so that you can change from the left to the right lane within a few meters. After this short accelerating phase, which should put you on the right road side, brake hard for the slow left-hander and take the broad curbs into consideration when calculating your speed. 130 km/h (81 mph) is a safe minimum speed if you enter from the right side.
Again you will have to change lanes in close quarters to be in a good position for the last curve in the Flinders Street Complex, but it is much easier than before because the straight in-between is a bit longer. Since you are driving quite slow anyway, there is no need to brake too hard. Instead concentrate on a good exiting speed, so release the brakes rather early and broaden the road by driving on the curbs again.
Accelerate, shift to third, fourth and to the fifth gear just before driving into the East Terrace left-right combination. If the setup permits it, drive through without releasing throttle and brake when you come on the very short straight part. (Do not brake too late here. It would put you in a very bad position for the next curve.)
The next right-handed curve is the last one before the long Jones- and Brabham straights, so that fast exiting is most important to a high top-speed afterwards. Again use the curbs but do not overdo it here, since this curve is quite sensitive to excessive speed. The second gear should do the job just fine...
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