I think the pax lap I gave you was only my 8th lap or so (most of the previous ones being slippy ones) - so I was easing up too much at Kesselchen, but in later laps the car was still accelerating very gamely in 5th gear there.
Somebody who knew what they were doing in my car could hit 140mph on that section I'm sure
For the approach to Schwedenkreuz I remember being well into 5th gear and for my later laps I would guess that would translate to about 140mph too - and thats allowing a big safety margin under braking.
I'm can't remember exactly the speed in fochsrohe (wasn't looking at speedo!) but I certainly was in 5th for a good few seconds steeply downhill so it was fast - certainly over 130mph.
Change up to 5th gear is at 120mph I think, and acceleration is very strong down the 11% decline in the max powerzone.
More is possible for the brave for sure, I always had allowed very conservative braking distances which were also helped by the big uphill before adenaur forst.
As it turned out I was right to be conservative my new but bedded-in brake pads were totally worn after 15 laps..
Am pretty sure I got > 250kph from Galgenkopf, wasn't trying to max it just do a high speed brake test.
No skill was required for that
To be honest I was actually being quite conservative since it was my first real session with the car since it had a lot of work done on it. I hadn't an opportunity to experiment with settings for the brand new dampers for dry track use beforehand - so it was a case of feeling my way around both the car and the track.
Snow, hailstone, rain, and Sun just added to the mix!
I didn't think the Ring was the best place to find out for the first time how well the car got out of shape - and drove accordingly.
I'm now running with 120% stiffer dampers at the rear than I used there which livens things up considerably!
Originally Posted by guezen
I think the fastest sections are:
-downhill between "flugplatz" and "schwedenkreuz"
-downhill through fuchsrohre
At both sections the speedo reeds somewhere around 210-220 km/h.
But really, you don't want to be watching the speedo at that speed through those sections.
Kesselchen is longer but to steep. Even my GTA struggles to reach 200 before "mutkurve".
Yesterday I never took the home straight at full speed untill the end. Was trying to cool everything before entering the parking area. I guess you could reach speeds of around 220 if your exit from galgenkopf is perfect.
And keep in mind, the speedo is at least 10% off at those speeds?
@TB: you reached 240 I think? On my pax-lap with you last april.
But speed isn't the best thing about a lap on the ring. It's the amazing height difference and challange of learning this long track and getting (most) corners right. But it takes time, and I'm still as green as grass.
Great fun !!!