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...Rivage was easily the most slippery and tricky corner of the lap, particularly the next coner, Rivage 2, which is in the shadow of quite a cliff! As such it was never really dry,and certainly just off line it was greasy and slippery. It is downhill, and certainly feels slightly off camber. the yellow car was already dropping back behind us, and this lap turned out to be one of my quickest (timed from the video) some 10 seconds quicker than when we had been stuck behind the yellow car. I was pleased to see that the next 3 laps were all within 1 second of each other, which ain't bad! (Not saying they were quick, just consistant!) Again a little surprised at how close I am to the kerb here - it was wet, and that gravel trap on the right seemed very inviting. I think I was trying to distance myself from the yellow car, knowing he was quicker on the straight!

Pouhon was one of my favourite corners, simply because there was a lot of grip there and you could accelerate fully all the way through it, sling-shotting out onto the short straight towards Des Fagnes. F1 cars look awesome through here - I was doing about 90-100mph, they are reaching 180mph!! Les Fanges is a quick right-left, not really a chicane at my speed, but still quite tight. You need to get it right and then you get that satisfying flow through the two corners.

Existing Les Fagnes there is a short blast down to Stavelot, which starts out tight then opens up into one huge flat out corner all the way round to Blanchimont. As the dry line appeared I could be more confident into the start of Stavelot, and drift closer to the kerb. But this is one of those sweeping Spa corners where you really don't want to get it wrong! Nothing to say about then really - it was just flat all the way, although when it was still damp I was lifting slightly through Blanchimont, memories of Burtie's huge crash into the tire wall inthe F1 Jag a few years ago!

Its all tarmac on the right of the corner now, the gravel traps have gone. But a raised kerb seperates the track from the run off, and I would not like to hit that and get unsettled or launched off into the run off area at a funny angle - those tires still seem pretty close!

Back to the Bus Stop again. Again a slow corner that provides great satisfaction and a flowing line if you get it right, and becomes awkward and slow if you get it wrong. The most common mistake was to brake too deep into the start of the first left hand corner. So that was another lap completed. More often than not we would come round La Source and see cars coming out of the pit exit, so the challenge was to get past them before they spoilt another run into Eau Rouge. The Porsche GT3 (or 2) was one of three that were flying round the track - no hope of catching them, but there were plenty of Elise's to pass!! 


 
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