LOR Trackguide Nuerburgring Kesselchen
First Corner (Right-left hander)
- Entrance speed: approximately 160-165 mph [258-266 kph]
- Speed through the corner: approximately 120-125 mph [193-202 kph]
- Arrival time at the corner: 4 minutes 21.69 seconds
- Time to negotiate the corner: 4.66 seconds
- Exit time of the corner: 4 minutes 26.35 seconds
This right-left corner has two right hand bends before it which can easily be taken flat. You should be shifting up to top gear by the time you reach the apex of the first bend. Then after you pass the second bend line up on the left side of the track for the actual corner.
Just before you get to the tree on the right brake moderately and shift down tofourth gear. Also at this point begin to bring the car over towards the middle of the track slightly. This turn is not very sharp and can be taken with hardly any movement of the steering wheel. A moment after passing the tree ease off the brakes. This will help to point the car towards the apex, which you should hit just past the mid-point of the turn.
Right at the apex of the right hander there is a significant bump in the track. You want to make sure you are back on the power by this point. You don't want to be at full power, but about 50% of maximum to keep the car balanced as you go over the bump. After the bump bring the car over towards the left for the next apex. Like the first part of the turn, you want to hit the apex just past the mid-point of this turn. You should have kept the power on at 50% as you came into this apex.
Then once there get back to full power, gradually letting the car drift out to the right. You should get right to the edge of the track about half way down the following straight.
Second Corner (Left hander)
- Entrance speed: approximately 135-140 mph [218-226 kph]
- Speed through the corner: approximately 100 mph [161 kph]
- Arrival time at the corner: 4 minutes 27.73 seconds
- Time to negotiate the corner: 3.47 seconds
- Exit time of the corner: 4 minutes 31.20 seconds
This fast left hander is all about the entrance. If you turn in too late you'll never be able to make it through quickly. So make sure you don't wait too long to turn in. You'll be under full acceleration in fourth gear as you approach this turn.
The car should be right against the right side of the track after leaving the previous turn. So continue in a straight line until the racing groove lightens. Use this point as both your braking and turn-in point.
At this point brake relatively hard and shift down to third gear. Turn the car in slightly and aim to hit the apex mid-way through the turn. You should be off the brakes as you hit the apex, and on the power enough to steady the car. The exit of the turn is a double left hander so you can't drift too far out to the right just yet. Maintain a steady throttle and aim for the middle of the track as you leave the apex. Once at the following left hand bend get back to full power and start to move out more to the right. You should be reaching the edge of the track just after the dip that follows this bend. Be careful that you don't get sideways over this bump as putting a wheel off the track here will most definitely spin you. Once successfully past the bump keep your foot down as you head towards the next turn.
Third Corner (Up-hill, right hander)
- Entrance speed: approximately 135 mph [218 kph]
- Speed through the corner: approximately 90 mph [145 kph]
- Arrival time at the corner: 4 minutes 34.51 seconds
- Time to negotiate the corner: 3.90 seconds
- Exit time of the corner: 4 minutes 38.41 seconds
This right hander can be difficult on entry because you can't see the apex until you are right on top of it. So experience is required to know exactly where you need to be pointing when you crest the hill. Another thing to remember is that at the top of the hill the track actually has a slight negative camber that will try to pull you away from the apex. If you are braking too hard you'll lock the left front up and slide wide and into the fence.
You'll be in third gear under full acceleration as you come towards this turn. Don't bother shifting up to fourth, just stretch third as far as you need to. As you begin to climb the hill start to move the car towards the middle of the track. After the racing groove darkens, wait a moment and then brake moderately. A beat before reaching the end of the fence on the left ease off the brakes, then turn into the corner. Just after turning in get off the brakes completely. This will ensure that you don't get caught out by the negative camber. The slightly amount of trailbraking generated as you eased off the brakes will help to balance the car on this camber as well.
You don't want to turn in too quickly at the beginning, rather aim for a late apex. You should be able to see the apex a moment or so after turning in. Just before reaching it, start getting back on the power a little more. You can get your right front wheel onto the grass slightly as you pass the apex. Then try to get back to full power. The car will reach the grass on the left very soon as you exit the turn. Make sure that you don't get any wheels off the track here. If you do back off the power a little and get back onto the track before resuming full acceleration.
Fourth Corner (Right hander)
- Entrance speed: approximately 120-125 mph [193-202 kph]
- Speed through the corner: approximately 55 mph [89 kph]
- Arrival time at the corner: 4 minutes 41.23 seconds
- Time to negotiate the corner: 8.15 seconds
- Exit time of the corner: 4 minutes 49.38 seconds
This right hander is another turn with a tricky entrance. There is a slight left hand bend that then dips downhill as you come into this turn. If you are braking too hard at this point there is a big risk of locking a wheel or sliding the car out to the left. Either case will see you going very wide and possibly into the bushes. So starting to brake just before the left hand bend and then backing off is the way to go.
You'll be in third gear on the left side of the track as you approach this turn. Continue under full acceleration on the left side of the track. Wait until you are right on top of the left hand bend before starting to brake. You'll turn in just after reaching the white line on the left. Then brake hard and downshift to second gear. As soon as you are in second gear, get almost all the way off the brakes and add a little power. Use this to steady the car as you transition to the downhill entrance of the right hander. Once you are right at the crest of the hill, add some more braking and get off the power. You'll be near the middle of the track at this point. Don't get too far to the right or you'll be making the turn much sharper than it needs to be.
As you near the end of the fencing on the left start to ease off the brakes and turn into the corner. Use trailbraking to help get the car turned in quickly. You should reach the inside of the turn fairly soon. Once there, keep the car into the corner as much as you can, while maintaining a steady throttle. The car may understeer a little mid-way through the turn. If it does, just back off a little bit more and get back to the inside. As you leave the end of the corner let the car move out to the left side of the track fairly quickly. As you do so, begin to add more power, getting back to full acceleration by the time you reach the left side of the track.