The British GT Championship moves to Knockhill next week so, straight after the Oulton Park season-opener, CR Scuderia headed off to the Scottish track to test in preparation for this race meeting. 2005 British GT Champion and CRS Team Director,...
The British GT Championship moves to Knockhill next week so, straight after the Oulton Park season-opener, CR Scuderia headed off to the Scottish track to test in preparation for this race meeting.
2005 British GT Champion and CRS Team Director, Andrew Kirkaldy, went along to the test to share his local knowledge with the CRS British GT drivers and completed a few laps himself in the GT3 Ferrari 430.
Here is Andrew's lap of Knockhill 2008:
"As we come over the start/finish line to begin a flying lap of Knockhill we are going at about 150mph in fourth gear, before braking down to third for Duffus Dip, which is a right/left combination. Since I raced in British GTs here in 2005 this corner has been widened which makes it quite a bit quicker.
We head into the right at about 85mph in third gear, using the inside kerb and all of the road on the left, then you have to muscle the car through the left part as quickly as you possibly can. This is an area where a lot of time can be made up on a qualifying lap.
We're heading into what used to be called 'McIntyres' now, braking down to 65mph in second gear for the apex. You have to try to avoid the inside kerb before grabbing a bit of the exit kerb to take as much speed as possible into the next part of the lap.
We start to build speed again now, accelerating out into Butcher's Drop, up to over 100mph before braking slightly for the chicane. This is probably the hardest part of the circuit to get right. You want to carry as much speed as possible without messing up the exit which sounds obvious but it's particularly tricky here. You have to use some kerb but if you use too much you 'll take off!
Once you're through the chicane its foot to the floor in the run up to Clark which is a right-hander. It's a blind corner and you have to make sure you hit the apex right at the sweet spot before using plenty of exit kerb.
We get up to fifth gear and about 135mph in the run up to the hairpin, braking as late as possible all the way down to second gear. The real beauty of the GT3 cars is that you can leave your braking incredibly late. The hairpin is very slow and has a bump right on the apex but you have to concentrate here as a good exit is vital to prepare you for the long drag up the hill to cross the line for another lap."