Sunday is a quiet day at Lime Rock Park. Without any action on the track, Barber Dodge Pro Series driver Sepp Koster describes a lap of the historic and challenging circuit: Coming up the start/finish straight, you're going pretty quick. ...
Sunday is a quiet day at Lime Rock Park. Without any action on the track, Barber Dodge Pro Series driver Sepp Koster describes a lap of the historic and challenging circuit:
Coming up the start/finish straight, you're going pretty quick. We're in sixth gear at about 140 mph at the end. Go down to third gear for the first part of Big Bend. Don't brake too hard, instead brake short and keep the speed flowing into the turn. There's the concrete patch in the middle of the corner, so try to stay to the inside where there's more grip. On the concrete the car slides everywhere. You have to be especially careful that you don't get the rear wheels on the concrete and not the front wheels because then the car steps out. Carry the speed through with a bit of throttle, then get off the power, no brakes, through the second part of Big Bend. Try to get to the inside, which is the most important thing, and get the power down early. The car will understeer quite a bit as the track falls away a little bit.
Next is a very short shoot to the left hander, which is the first part of the Esses. There it is very, very slippery. Take a wide entry into it, though during the race it needs to be tighter to not let anybody get passed you. Come back across all the way through to the left in attempt to maintain speed. You're still in third gear as you set up for the following right hander, slowly accelerating up to it. Check up a bit in the middle of it to try and get rid of some understeer. If you get this right you can keep you're foot down and try to do it flat.
Onto No Name Straight where you grab fourth gear, then fifth at the end, before you quickly go back down to fourth to the Uphill turn. There you brake quickly, then jab the throttle, then back down to second gear for the chicane. There it's a case of trying to slow down the car early. Going uphill there's a lot of load on the front tires, so you'll tend to get the rears stepping out before you even get into the chicane and this is not what you want because you need stability to get through there. Try to flow speed through the corner and exit as neatly as possible because there's no exit curb and there is dirt on the outside so you have to be very careful.
Next comes West Bend, which is now taken flat out, shifting up to fourth to get to help the car turn in a little bit. Again, on the concrete the car moves a lot, so you have to hang on and get to the inside and onto Down Hill.
That turn is going to be flat out by the end of the weekend. Get fifth gear right before the turn, and it is very, very daunting now because it is flat out. You need to try to get as close as you can to the inside because it helps to stabilize the cars through the bumps, then you need all the exit curb you can get.
Now it's back on the front straight accelerating all the way through the gears to complete the lap.
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