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Pitt Race - North Circuit

Pittsburgh International Race Complex

Wampum, Pennsylvania, USA
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911 GT3 RS 4.0
Yamaha FZ1
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1.53 MI
2.46 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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Richard Vesel Sr.   2014-08-28   Thrill seeking driver
Signed up for six laps in two different "supercars" on October 9:
Nissan GTR, and a McLaren MP4.

Can I print out a line map?
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RickyV   2014-08-29   Founder of Race Optimal
@Richard Vesel Sr.
Sounds fun! Will you be driving? Click the "Download Map" button to download the map images.
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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 1'06.90 +1.02 +0.91 +0.74
GT3 RS +0.61 58.07 -0.14 +0.29
Moto +1.69 +1.07 1'00.09 +1.31
F1 +0.46 +1.24 +1.09 38.82

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The Racing Line at Pitt Race - North Circuit

Pitt Race, aka the Pittsburgh International Race Complex, formerly (and perhaps better) known as BeaveRun, is home to the North Track as well as a dedicated kart course called Wilson Circuit. It was fairly difficult to find videos which were decent quality and good demonstrations of the racing line, so if you know of one please suggest it in the additional resources section below.

The racing line at Pitt Race is pretty straightforward, but even so, the calculated line has two big differences from what you see in most of the onboard footage. First, at Turn 3, most pilots hit the apex, then straighten the steering and drive the vehicle toward the outside before Turning in at 4. Al, on the other hand, has each vehicle running slightly wide of that apex, using a lot of both throttle and turning force all the way until you start braking for Turn 4. This should allow for more speed through this section.

The other difference appears in Turn 10. Most footage shows drivers taking a combination of the two line types, staying pretty far out from the second apex like the Miata, but driving all the way to the outside on corner exit. The optimized line suggests that higher powered vehicles should stay tight and treat the corner like a true double apex, using the full width of the track on the exit.

Laps in 240sx

Founder's Notes

Medium pace vid to help learn the course. No significant notes other than the same comment at Turn 3.

Porsche GT3

Founder's Notes

Some pretty good laps with data acquisition.

Cale Jones Fast Laps on GSX-R 600

Founder's Notes

Cale is an amateur racer from Newark, Ohio. This video is from a race, but I dropped you in near the halfway mark. The traffic has cleared out, and we get to see some clean laps. The only noteworthy difference between the line here and the optimized line is that Cale hits the apex of Turn 3, whereas Al has each vehicle missing that apex. This probably allows for more speed at three, with the benefit of pushing the vehicle all the way to the outside before turning in for 4.

WERA Superstock on a Ducati 848

Founder's Notes

Here's one more motorcycle video to round things off. This is also from a race, and the pilot puts down some pretty solid laps.