The following is a detailed lap of the Eastern Creek circuit to be used as the venue for the third round of the V8 Supercar Championship Series this weekend. EASTERN CREEK -- A LAP WITH MARCOS AMBROSE As you cross the start finish line half...
The following is a detailed lap of the Eastern Creek circuit to be used as the venue for the third round of the V8 Supercar Championship Series this weekend.
EASTERN CREEK -- A LAP WITH MARCOS AMBROSE
As you cross the start finish line half way down the long main straight, you are doing around 270kph, but you are already starting to set yourself up for the fast left hander which is turn one.
The straight actually continues down into the start of the drag strip and as you turn left you actually feel like you are heading down a side road in fourth gear. That is actually a bit of an illusion because the track widens up as you go through the corner.
It is then into the left-hand hairpin which is actually fairly long and wide, but still a first-gear corner. There are two or three different lines through here, depending on how your car is working. There is a rise on the exit, which makes the car quite light and easy to spin the rear wheels.
It is then up to the quick right-hander, building speed as you go. Initially the car is well settled, but by the time the corner is over you are doing around 160kph and the car squirms because of the speed you have carried through it.
You then go down the short back straight and over a rise where the wheels leave the ground and the car becomes very light, this is a bit of fun. It is then into a quick down change to a right and left-hander which you treat as one.
Out the left hander and you are into a technical part of the track with a series of left and right handers before getting to another hairpin -- There are another 10 gear changes before reaching this point. This is tricky because the road drops away. If you carry too much speed you will just not make the inside apex. I think this is where Mick Doohan and Alex Barros came off in a GP a few years ago.
You then shoot up to the last corner where you need to take the late apex to come on to the straight and have a straight line as soon as possible. You need to get on to the power early and drag top gear immediately. The downhill run helps.
If everything goes to plan you should clock a lap around the one minute and 31-second mark.