A Lap of The National
No bend names here, just an order.
Leave the paddock area onto the start/finish
straight. Revel in the beautifully smooth yet grippy
surface. A right angle right hander leads to a short
straight followed by a right-left chicane. This is more
of a kink and can be taken very fast.
The following right hander is also
fast, and the rest of the back end of the circuit is
an almost flat out sequence of wide, open right handers
with good visibility and a beautifully grippy surface.
After the third right hand bend there is a short straight
followed by a right angle right hander which goes abruptly
uphill. Nothing like Cadwell but a little daunting the
This leads to a short straight followed
by another hard right which leads straight into a long
left. Then there is another short straight followed
by another very long left. Possibly the best chance
you’ll ever get to wear out your left knee slider,
should you be so inclined.
The next straight is a couple of hundred
metres and leads into a hairpin right that puts you
back on the start/finish straight. No surprise to learn
that highsides are not uncommon here as people try to
get back on the power for the straight. Oh, remember
that first right hander at the end? It’s sharper
than it looks – build up to it rather than exploring
the deep and nicely prepared kitty litter…