Turn by turn guide to the Motorsport Ranch track
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== Turn 1 == Wagonwheel In the counter-clockwise direction, turn 1 is uphill but it's also a decreasing radius double apex corner so beware that you need to apex it late so you don't run through the rumble strip and into the grass the exit.
A different point of view: Actually, if you drive the fast line, its not a decreasing radius turn. (104 ft driving-line radius) This is place that the DE's teach poorly. If you track out to the right at the bottom of the hill, like they tell you, it turns into much slower corner, because you upset the car by steering right and then back left for apex. Keep the wheel clocked and just accelerate up the hill. Its a long continuous radius, with a single steering input, from entry to exit that gets the fastest times through this corner.
Fast divers point the car slightly left of the apex cone and with power on let momentum drift the car past the apex. But don't even think about lifting here. Also, there is the risk of rollover, if you cross over the apex curbing.
The racing line is to start the turn from the middle of the track, and late brake into the corner, to cut off the car in front of you. This is a faster entry, but the exit is slower. This is the defensive line not the fast line.
A different point of view: A very high or a very low HP car will want to use 4 to get to the right side of the track for 5, as described above. But, cars in the 250-400HP range should to use the whole track on exit. A car width off the left edge is fine for your entry into 5. Accelerate out all the way to the left side rumble strip and keep your foot in flat it until you get to the braking zone of turn 5. Accelerating all the way through 4 will make up some time that you will loose to the high HP cars going uphill in turn 5.
How you take this turn really depends on your car. Its very uphill so low HP cars need to maintain speed should take the longest flattest line. High HP cars can use that same wide line to accelerate briskly up the hill. But cars in the mid-range (250-400HP) are suited for taking the shorter line.
The shortest line: This is a 109 ft radius corner if you take the shortest line. Don't try to track out from turn 4 to the right edge for a normal entry. This is a slow uphill turn. Mid track or even a car width off the left edge is fine for entry to this corner. Times are lower in this section by going "flat" up the hill hugging the left edge. Keep the wheel clocked. Don't steer out to the exit, let momentum move the car right. Then at track out up-shift for turn 6.
DEs teach that 10-12 feet off of the apex is a good line. At the most, 3 or 4 feet of the apex works at speed. A session driving the track clockwise, makes it clear that hitting the apex is really fastest in this corner.
A different point of view: Yes it feels faster, because you have a straight exit. But this turn is actually slightly tighter than turn 6. (371 ft drive line radius) You should be holding the wheel clocked still from turn 6 and as soon as you can look through the corner make a small input. With 300hp or more you should be at the maximum possible speed coming out of 6 and can only accelerate in 7 after you reset the steering input, just a tiny bit, for the apex of 7. Its important to look to the exit and adjust your steering early. If you are late, then you have to slow down a bit or risk a spin.
Different point of view: Fastest way is not taught at an DE. Continue braking as you dive straight line from the left edge toward the right side curbing (aiming 12 feet from the start of the curbing). Trail brake as you tighten your steering going up the hill. Sharp final steering input as soon as you seen the right curbing disappear. Accelerate for about 6 feet as you turn the wheel left toward the next turn.