Monday, 2 May 2016

Race Track Doodle 1

Bank holiday today so no college. In my spare time I did a couple of race track designs. The first three turns in this were influenced by Sochi formula one circuit in that there is a fast kink right and then a relatively tight right into a long sweeping left. The short circuit option sweeps right to a long straight part of the way round turn three. After the long sweeping left it's up the hill to a long right turn. There is a concave slope in the land from high to low, the start/finish straight being higher than the back straight/sweep. Turn four on to the straight on the left hand side of the circuit is the highest point with turn seven, eight and nine (hairpin, back straight/sweep) the joint lowest points. Before that you have to negotiate a tight right into a long left similar to the classic turn eight in Istanbul Park. Exiting turn nine at the bottom of the circuit (top right hand side of the picture) there are a series of turns that gradually get faster up the concave incline to the main straight. Turn fourteen is the fastest and the long sweeper (fifteen) on to the main straight is slightly slower. About halfway around the final turn is the pit lane entry. Actually, now that I think about it, the final turn reminds me a bit of the parabolica at Estoril where Villeneuve famously got by Schumacher around the outside in '96.
I have a name for one turn already. I reckon cars would try to get a slipstream and attempt to out-break into the hairpin at nine because they'll want to be ahead going into the next series of turns before the start/finish straight because it would be too difficult to overtake and being behind a car would mean a loss of aerodynamic grip due to lack of downforce from disturbed air. So I reckon spectators would see a lot of action approaching turn nine. That is why I named it "Action" corner (or "Action" hairpin if you like).
You can also make out grandstand areas in red and an earth bank for spectators next to the left and right sweepers before the straight. The squares in the paddock area behind the pits are meant to be buildings for the race teams and officials.

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