All of the corners are deceptive and have their own character.
Paddock Hill Bend: Braking for this can be scary because you’re approaching at high speed and you cannot see the corner, only a crest in the distance. To start with pick out an early braking point, perhaps the white line that runs across the the track at the start/finish line.
Because of the self preservation instinct you’ll always be turning in early which will throw you out wide and slow your exit speed up to Druids. This can be cured by getting your turn point sorted. This is a bit hard to explain here but i’ll show you this on the day. After this you must hit the apex, it’s easy to go slightly wide here because the track is dropping away and you can’t see the apex so keep working on getting the bike turned to hit it. Pick up gas from here too.
Get it right though and you’ll be on the gas early and will have more pace up to Druids.
Druids:2nd gear on R1. Try braking before the bridge and off the brakes just before you turn in which is just where the track levels off. Entry speed can be high because of the positive camber. Don’t worry if you go slightly wide on the way in, the most important bit is the late apex.
The track levels out on exit so beware of losing the rear under power, be particularly progressive with throttle and don’t use too low a gear as it will unsettle the bike too much under power.
Quite often you can hold 2nd gear to Graham hill.
Graham Hill: 2nd gear on R1. This corner requires accuracy. Hold 2nd gear out of Druids to Graham Hill. Brake late and deep and get most of the corner finished before you even hit the LATE apex. On gas from apex and up to 3rd or 4th for Surtees. If you have to ease off throttle on way out to avoid the exit kerbs then you have hit the apex too early. You should be hitting the exit kerbs about two thirds of the way along it.
Surtees: 3rd or 4th gear. Not much in the way of braking points here. Listening to the rpm of the bike can help judge this point, there is also a slight surface change that can help. Ideally trail braking all the way in but you guys should be off the brakes well before the apex.
Very high entry speed needed which will throw you wide on exit but that’s ok. As you pick the bike up to change direction to the right you can give a little gas and use all the road and run over the white line.
Mclaren/Clark Curve/clearways: Just a little bit of smooth braking is needed when you have exited surtees and begin to turn into Mclaren. Not too much throttle here until you have gone over the crest. It’s one long sweeper from here and you’re building momentum all the way round. You’ll start to drift out to the outside of the track half way round and while building speed aim for the marshals hut on the inside which is the last apex by which time you’ll be flat out…well you will be after many laps of practice.
Clearways is notorious for highsides, it’s a bit ripply and does undulate. So it’s all about disciplined throttle control. Gradually winding it on and not giving it a big handful.
What i’d love to see you guys doing is not going in to the turns too hot so you can concentrate on hitting the apexes and getting a good drive out of every turn. Once you can do that then speed can be added and it’s join the dots:cool: