Road Atlanta: Fast lap with Timo Bernhard

A Fast Lap of Road Atlanta with AJR's Timo Bernhard Braselton, Georgia -- Coming into turn one, I tend to have an early entry and then downshift from sixth to fourth. The turn is kind of deceiving, the hill looks like it will catch you, but...

A Fast Lap of Road Atlanta with AJR's Timo Bernhard

Braselton, Georgia -- Coming into turn one, I tend to have an early entry and then downshift from sixth to fourth. The turn is kind of deceiving, the hill looks like it will catch you, but you can get some oversteer there so you have to be careful.

Up the hill staying in fourth gear, into turn two, downshift to third, run up on the inside curb getting setup for the beginning of the esses. For the right hander at the beginning of the esses you have to give the car a slight breathe there and then it is fourth gear through the rest of the section.

Turn five entry can be tricky, you have a right and then a left, in the middle you are braking and trying to maximize your exit speed onto the straight. You have to run up on the curbs slightly, go from fourth gear to third and exit using the curbs on the outside.

The entry to turn six is pretty fast because the track is banked. Turn seven is the slowest corner on the track. You downshift to second gear again being careful not to compromise your exit to get a good run down the longest straight on the track. The number 23/McKenna/mail2web.com/Xybernaut/Alex Job Racing/Porsche 911 GT3 RSR will do about 260km (162 mph) down the straight.

Going into 10a you have to have a feel for the brake zone as there are no braking markers on this part of the circuit, I just go by feel. The left hander is pretty straight forward, the right hander you go up on the curb a little and then start looking for the right-hand side of the bridge and shift to fourth. You have to shift again to fifth right before the entry to twelve which just gives the car a slight breathe to go out through the apex of the turn and up to sixth half-way down the straight.

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-ajr-

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Series ALMS
Drivers Timo Bernhard , Alex Job
Teams Alex Job Racing