Our second home
SINCE MOTOR’s relocation to Melbourne in late-2013, Winton has been our go-to track for testing. Undoubtedly, location plays a big part in this but it’s also an extremely good place to test road cars – Ford, Holden and HSV are regular visitors.
The recent resurface also changed the profile of a couple of corners shaving a couple of per cent off lap times but thankfully the track’s character – its bumps, kerbs and cambers – has largely remained intact.
It’s a fiendishly tricky place to get right, often requiring a driver to sacrifice speed in one corner (turns one, five and eight, for instance) in order to gain speed in the next.
There’s also a great combination of straights and squiggles to ensure it doesn’t necessarily favour one type of car and it’s relatively lowspeed, good for controlling engine and brake temperatures, as well as limiting the damage our meagre skills can manage.