The Track

Our sec­ond home

Motor (Australia) - - PCOTY 2018 -

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.

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