Address: 2790 County Route 16, Watkins Glen, NY 14891
Phone #: (607) 535-2486
dB Restrictions: None
Turn 1: Righthander
Try to brake at the 300 board. There is good camber at the apex here so carry a bit more speed in than you think. Long straightaway follows so exit is really key so try to get the car rotated early so you can get back to full gas and straight wheel sooner. Stay off inside curbs but can use the big exit one.
Turn 2: Righthander & The “Esses”
Slight smooth lift back on the gas on entry to get the front to come in and then as soon as it does get back to full gas. Exit a bit further to the right than you think to make turn 3 straighter.
Turn 3 & 4: The “Esses”
Late apex here. Should be flat on the gas all the way through. Like the exit of turn 2, don’t use all the exit space. Save some to make turn 4 straighter. Keep the speed flowing through this section. Once the car is settled, you should be flat out through 4.
The Bus Stop
Try to brake close to the 500 board then quickly off the brakes again so the car can be balanced as you drive all wheels straight over the 1st curb to go as straight as possible. Carry some speed in here but get the car turned in the middle early so you can get back to full gas. Try the 3rd curb here. Sometimes it’s murder in an open wheel car but it can feel ok and not upset a sportscar. Use 4th curb too.
Turn 5: Outer Loop Into The “Boot”
Roll speed in here and allow engine braking to slow you down in the mid. Initially the entry should feel slightly too fast, then as engine braking brings the front coming back into the turn, and as the track stops falling away, start squeezing that gas pedal down. Use all the track on the exit if you have to.
Turn 6: Lefthander Into The “Chute”
The track starts going downhill here on entry so make sure you’re not trail braking here or you’ll have an oversteer moment right when you don’t want to. The track gradient also comes back in your favor in the 2nd half of the turn so the key here is to carry in slightly more speed than you think, with brakes released early, and wait for the track to change in the middle of the turn and you will find that extra front grip to allow you to quickly get back to full throttle.
Turn 7: Righthander The “Toe”
This entry is uphill so you can carry a lot more speed than you think since uphill gradient changes always give more front grip. So roll the car in faster than you think, let it rotate in the middle quickly, and quickly back to full gas as the exit straightaway is still uphill so you don’t want to miss the exit on this turn either and carry a speed deficit all the way to the next turn.
Turn 8: Righthander The “Heel”
Brake just before the 200 board initially hard then trail brake as the track falls away and you prepare the car to turn in. Stay off the inside curb and use all the track on exit.
Turn 9: Lefthander
The track crests on entry so you want to make sure you’re off the brakes early. Roll in more speed than you think because you need patience to wait for the 2nd apex. If you wait for the 2nd apex, your exit will be so much faster since you’ll get to full throttle and straight wheel sooner.
Turn 10: Lefthander
Brake just before 200 board, good camber here to roll in faster than you think. A lot of people over brake for this turn and it kills the car. Use all the exit curb to carry speed on exit.
Turn 11: Righthander
A good exit here is the key to passing down the straight. An easy mistake to make is getting to the apex too soon and clambering over the nasty curb on the inside. Stay off that. Allow the car to apex just a tad later in the turn. Resist the urge to pick up a too early throttle unless you can hold it down from there in out. Run out all over the exit curb, up to the wall, for the fastest exit.
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