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Oulton Park - International Circuit

Little Budworth, Cheshire, England
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MX-5 Miata
911 GT3 RS 4.0
Yamaha FZ1
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2.69 MI
4.33 KM
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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 2'00.42 +0.69 +1.56 +0.13
GT3 RS +1.62 1'43.28 +0.69 +1.27
Moto +2.90 +0.76 1'43.98 +2.79
F1 +1.43 +1.54 +2.59 1'08.57

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The Racing Line at Oulton Park - International Circuit

An English track with a storied history, Oulton Park offers a challenging layout with multiple configurations. Getting right into thing with Turn 1, aka Old Hall Corner, the non-circular shape of the curve results in a very late apex that is easy to spot. Dentons follows, which is really just a set up for Cascades, which is a long, downhill left-hander that requires staying on the inside throughout most of the turn, especially for motorcycles.

Island bend can be taken very fast, and four-wheeled vehicles should hit the apex and exit wide, and let their speed carry them close to the right side of the track before turning in for Shell Oils Corner. Many drivers stick the inside at this turn, but it should be a double apex for most vehicles, with the Miata running slightly wide of the second apex.

The next interesting section is Britons, where most cars should exit Turn 8 in such a way that they end up all the way to the left burm before apexing 9. Motorcycles and the F1 car stay closer to mid-track, taking Turns 8-9 more like a regular chicane.

Hislops and Knickerbrook present another right-left-right section, and since Turn 12 leads out onto a straight, make sure that your exit from Turn 11 allows you to get back to the left burm before turning in to Knickerbrook (except for the F1 car). After the winding uphill section is Druid\'s Corner, a double apex for all vehicles, entered from slightly left of mid-track.

The last tricky corner is Lodge, which exits over the top of a hill, meaning a reduction in force on the pavement as the power is applied. Al has the apex a bit earlier than is practical due to the elevation change, so take however late of an apex allows you to put the most power down while using the full track on the exit.

Roadsport Lap Record Run

Founder's Notes

There are three areas where the optimized line might help this driver save time. First, in Turn 5, take the first apex a bit faster, then stay out away from the inside burm the rest of the turn, although coming in closer at the second apex. Second, Turn 8 can be taken a bit quicker, letting the momentum carry the car all the way to the left before entering Turn 9. Finally, the exit from Turn 11 was much too wide, causing a poor setup for Turn 12. Nitpicking it may be, but there it is. Nice lap!

Golf GTI Lap Record

Founder's Notes

This lap pretty much follows Al's line perfectly everywhere except for Turns 4 and 5, where in Turn 4 the driver may be able to carry a little more speed, and also enter Turn 5 a bit quicker, as in the previous video. Great run.

Formula Ford Lap Record

Founder's Notes

Another nice run, this time a little faster. I'll make the same point about Turn 5, that the drive could enter faster and take a double-ish apex.

Porsche Carrera Cup Car Race Laps

Founder's Notes

I love these Cup Car videos...the driving is typically excellent, and the cars are just burly. This clip proves no exception, as Ben Clucas lays down some quality laps. His lines are very close to the GT3 RS optimal line. I notice that Ben apexes later at Lodge Corner, but I think this is correct approach, since the optimization doesn't account for the hill crest that occurs on the exit from that corner. In Turns 4 and 5, I do think the line could be improved, specifically by carrying more speed through 4 and running wider on the exit, then coming back left not quite to mid-track before turning in and actually hitting the first apex of Turn 5. In the video Ben usually stays wide of that first apex.

Onboard with Josh Brooks

Founder's Notes

This is some of the most thrilling onboard footage I've seen so far. Great example of how to take the track at suicidal speed.

Medium Speed Laps on CBR1000RR

Founder's Notes

This rider is obviously not pushing too hard, but the lines are still pretty good, despite not really utilizing the full track. The only major correction I see would be to take a double apex at Shell Oils Corner.