5 Craziest Corners In Motorsport
Adelaide Turn 8
The Adelaide street circuit is very much a modernised street track. With the city being laid out like a grid, the circuit is made up of consecutive 90° left-and-right-hand-turns. All but one that is. In fact, turn 8 breaks up the long back straight and from the map looks like an easy kink. However in reality, the slightest mistake can put you out of a race. Lined with thick, heavy concrete walls, only an inch-perfect line will get you through safely. Most cars can manage with only a small lift while some could even stay flat but the driver would have to be braver than a
Eau Rouge at Spa
Surely if you are interested in Motorsport, you know exactly what this corner is. Or do you? In fact, it’s been proven that many fans have no idea where it is. Eau Rouge is effectively turn 2 at Spa-Francorchamps located in the dip just as the track starts to climb towards Les Combes. Drivers love the challenge as it destabilises the car on turn-in making car control an important skill. Photographers love it when the forces being afflicted on the car are shown through sparks and tire deformation. All-in-all, it’s a dramatic corner loved by the drivers and spectators. But by all means, don’t confuse it with the top of the hill because… That’s Radaillion actually.
Skyline at Bathurst
Speaking of sections of track loved by photographers, nowhere makes for better shots than Skyline at Bathurst. At around 30-minutes into the Bathurst 12-hour race, the sun begins to rise over the Blue Mountains allowing Motorsport photographers to get their art thing on.
Other than the photography element, the section from Skyline to the Dipper is an amazing piece of racetrack. The road falls away from the driver who has to control their powerful beast and keep it from hitting one of the very close walls. Every lap is like a coin-toss as to whether the car will make it down Mount Panorama.
Piscine section at Monaco
Much like Turn-8 at Adelaide, the Swimming Pool Section at Monaco requires extreme nerve and a perfect line to be quick. Formula One drivers now go flat-out missing the walls by mere millimetres at over 200kph in a 50 zone. Nowadays, getting the perfect exit from the final chicane of turn-16 is set up from the braking zone of Tabac, or turn-12. Watching cars fly through turn-13 known as Louis Chiron gives even specatators a rush of adrenaline. I can’t begin to imagine what it must feel like as a driver getting so close to a wall knowing the smallest mistake can push you straight into the wall on the other side of the track.
Porsche Curves at Le Mans
The Circuit De La Sarthe is most famous for having one of the longest straights in the world. However, my favourite part of the track is the Porsche Curves. Downforce, precision and traffic management are all key to making a success of this left-right-left-right sweep. Not only are the corners a challenge but in the middle of the 24-hour race, the LMP1 cars can easily get mixed up in GT traffic reducing them to the speed of a Mustang. Finally, being placed on a portion of normal road, bumps and changes in the camber affect the cars making them very hard to control when already on the limit of grip.
Honourable mention: Macau
Although I can’t choose a specific turn from the Macau street circuit, I thought it deserved a mention as a mad track. Not only can pretty much any car reach its top speed on the lower part of the track, a driver can also be scared sick on the twisty part at the top of the hill. With so many blind corners, I would not be able to push knowing a car could be stopped in front of me with no possibility of missing it. The racers that take part in the GT World Cup there truly are gods to me… They’re not human anyway.