Panoz Motor Sports is set to visit the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course for the next round of the American Le Mans Series this weekend. Panoz won the first ever ALMS race staged at the circuit in 2001 with David Brabham and Jan Magnussen and is hoping...
Panoz Motor Sports is set to visit the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course for the next round of the American Le Mans Series this weekend. Panoz won the first ever ALMS race staged at the circuit in 2001 with David Brabham and Jan Magnussen and is hoping to repeat the effort in 2002.
DAVID BRABHAM'S LAP OF MID-OHIO
"I am really looking forward to heading back to Mid-Ohio this year, especially after Jan and I won the first ALMS race held there last year in the Panoz.
You actually start the race over on the back straight, but the run past the pits is really the lead up to turn one.
You go down one gear for this left hander and you can drift the car a little wide on the exit. The track is slightly off-camber and opens up a little in the middle of the corner, then closes on the exit.
Down to turn 2 is very heavy braking down to 2nd gear but you can carry quite a bit of speed into here. The road rises a little then drops and you tend to loose a bit of front end grip where the track drops away.
This is quite a long corner and traction on the exit can be a bit tricky as you enter the back straight.
You are in top gear doing 175 mph before it is back on the brakes for the right hander. This is a great corner. You can brake quite late and the road slopes down off camber.
After coming off the turn you have to get back to the right for turn five where the track rises steeply up, then drops off again.
A tricky rand hander follows and it is a little bumpy - this corner is slower than you would really like it.
The elevation changes through here are far more extreme than what they look like on television.
The left hand kink is a blind corner and you must keep the car straight through here.
You then run up to turn ten and change back into third gear. After you brake and turn in, the track really drops away on the exit before the right hander at turn 11, then heads back uphill again.
It is quite bumpy on the entry here and quite easy to overshoot the corner a little.
There is a short squirt up to the hairpin which is a fairly tight right hander.
Once again the road drops down as you run down through the left hander back onto the pit staright for another lap to begin."