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Anglesey - International Circuit

Aberffraw, Isle of Anglesey, Wales
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*PLEASE NOTE* The racing lines and simulations shown here are based on a simplified analysis that does not incorporate 3D effects such as camber and elevation, track irregularities, or surface conditions. It assumes perfect grip and perfect pilot control. Always temper your approach to a racetrack with common sense and an awareness of your skill level. Be safe out there!
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Lap Times Explained

Each column represents a vehicle driven on different racing lines. For example, the first row of the first column is the time for the Miata driven on its own line. The second row represents the Miata driven on the Porsche's racing line, and so on. It is expected that when a vehicle is driven on its own line (large font) the lap time will be the quickest. Otherwise, Al has not done his job very well.

Line Miata GT3 RS Moto F1 beta
Miata 1'42.22 +1.07 +1.96 +0.25
GT3 RS +1.53 1'29.15 +0.52 +0.56
Moto +2.52 +0.60 1'30.11 +1.63
F1 +0.72 +1.00 +2.20 1'01.28

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The Racing Line at Anglesey - International Circuit

Anglesey Circuit, located on the Isle of Anglesey in Wales, is a short track that nonetheless delivers some high speeds on the two popular layouts for trackday and race events. The International Circuit, shown here, includes the Tom Pryce straight, in memoriam of the Welsch F1 driver who lost his life in a collision with a fire marshall in 1977.

Anglesey is a relatively short track, with the International Circuit measuring in at barely over 2 miles. This means that the sections that appear long and straight on the track map are eaten up quickly. The fast section encompassing Turns 3-5 provides more of an opportunity for pilots of low-power vehicles to take a breather.

By far the most common mistake on this track is to enter the turns too wide. Perhaps the short layout makes it seem beneficial to take wider lines toward the apex, but the optimized lines show otherwise.

The Turn 1 apex is at mid-corner or earlier for all vehicles due to the large radius. Approaching the second corner, the Miata is the only vehicle that gets all the way to the left before entering Turn 2, which it takes as a wide single apex. Bikes and faster cars may benefit from a slight double apex here, as well as in Turn 10, which is another hairpin. Approaching 2, the GT3 RS and Motorcycle should only be slightly left of mid-track.

Turn 3 has another early apex, and all vehicles should come back to the inside border at Turns 4 and 5 for quickest lap times, although you may prefer to stay wide at 4 to make it easier to set up the braking zone for Turn 6. With race tires, Miata drivers may be able to take Turns 3-5 at full throttle, but the other vehicles will brake for Turn 3 at the minimum. Anything less than race tires will require lifting or braking by the Porsche in Turn 5 as well.

The Turn 6 is a sharp, uphill lefthander that should lead directly into Turn 7, without pointing the vehicle back to the left of mid-track. Many drivers err here by swinging back too far to the left in preparation for Turn 7, which should be entered on the inside very early.

Turn 8 shows the most variation for the different vehicles, with the Miata exiting early and wide, the Motorcycle staying close to the inside until fairly late, and the Porsche somewhere in between. Entering 9, again only the Miata sets up all the way to the outside. At Turn 10, drivers searching for the late apex will invariably enter too wide. Instead, brake late and keep it tight, even for the Miata, and you\'ll get through the corner much quicker. Turn 11 has a late apex, but notice that all vehicles hug the inside all the way through the corner.

The short straight between Turns 11 and 1 provides little respite from lap to lap. Anglesey is short and quick, and rewards tight lines rather than big entries. Keep this in mind to make the experience of Anglesey as rewarding as possible.

Rage Buggy Chases GT3 RS

Founder's Notes

Firstly, be careful to note that the chase vehicle in this video is a buggy powered by a motorcycle engine. Pretty impressive. I include this video as a bit of a counterexample, however. The drivers of both vehicles are take entries that are too wide. There's a lot of time to be made up by tightening the lines around the corners.

Caterham Seven 620R

Founder's Notes

This little cars are FAST - but a little too likely to oversteer it would seem. The line through Turns 6 and 7 is pretty good..Turn 2, not so much.

James Haydon on BMW S1000RR HP4

Founder's Notes

Ex-racer in British Superbike, World Superbike, and GP James Haydon takes us for a fast one. I think in general the lines could be tighter around the corners, but the worst offender is Turn 9. Also, the line steers back to the left too much between 6 and 7.