Bending the rules

Luff y’s tips for nailing turns seven to nine


TURNS seven, eight and nine all flow on to each other. Get one wrong, and you usually mess up the rest of them. How you take turn seven depends on getting through five and six well.

It’s important to get as straight as you can on the exit of six, so you can brake in a straight line.

You’re generally in second gear for the whole sequence, and carrying the brake on initial turn helps to load the front end of the car. The apex is right about the middle of the corner, and there’s lots of room on the exit so you can get on the throttle early.

The distance between turn seven and turn eight doesn’t allow you to get fully over to the right, so approach eight from track middle, then brake and carry it through to the apex again to help load the nose. Like most of the corners at Winton, you have to be patient before getting back on the throttle.

Start turn nine from the middle of the track, and again carry the brake from initial turn-in.

It’s important to get a straight run off the turn to get better drive, and like turn four you can use the kerb on the exit like a berm. Don’t end up over the top of it, though, as most cars will bottom out on it .

Easy as 7, 8, 9

Exiting six, get the car straight before hitting the brakes, with your eyes on the apex of seven.

Carry, or ‘trail’ the brake all the way to the apex of seven, before accelerating and staying in the centre of the road.

Again, take your braking right into the mid-corner apex point of turn eight, but watch that the rear doesn’t unweight and catch you out.

Like eight, start turn nine from mid-track. Watch the patched tarmac for different grip levels, and aim for a mid-tolate apex while allowing the car to flow left.

There’s a wide exit out of nine, and the kerb on the left side of the track makes a good launch pad – as long as you don’t overdo it. . . . .

Like most of the corners at Winton, you have to be patient before getting back on the throttle corners at Winton,