- TURN ONE DIP.
Blink and you’ll miss it. The famous dip at the turn one Apex. Want to see a full fat Touring Car stretch tyres to the limit? Get down to turn one during Qualifying and watch the cars at full tilt as they get the right front up in the air (and their rears trying to pop off the rim!) Or hop along to the Clervaux assembly and catch them from behind as they scrabble to regain grip heading to turn two.
2. SUNNY OUT – ESPECIALLY IF ITS WET.
Yes, yes. Everybody likes to pitch their position up on the Hawthorn banking to get a good view from the start line to the chicane, but why plonk your rear there all day when you can pop around Sunny Out? Especially if it’s wet. Watching the field stream out of the Esses and hammer their brakes after Barcroft is magnificent, seeing them out of Sunny top notch is excellent, but if the forecast rain lands for a race on Sunday, and the usual puddle forms at the Sunny Out Apex, you’ll see crossed arms and sideways action galore.
3. GET ON THE INFIELD
Okay it can get a bit packed, and you’re hemmed in for each session. Ignore that. It’s impressive enough seeing cars exiting the chicane or flying into Tower, but head to the back and watch the midfield battles being barged exiting the hairpin. There will be contentious ‘Touring Car’ moves that will lead to a few disagreements, but there is always some of the peachiest dives too. And it’s one of the best unabated views of the start if you get there early for race one.
4. CAMERA ANGLES.
Taking your camera? Even if it’s a phone, you can grab snaps as memorable as what those with a 1DX MKIII and an 800mm lens shoot! Get down early to the chicane where the FIA metal catch fencing ends and get some clean head on shots of the cars as they turn in at full chat. Sunny (mentioned above,) has low fence from the middle of the two corners to Sunny Out. Excellent place to get those shots of cars putting tyres beyond the kerbs and kicking up dust (or mud if its wet.) Moody portrait shots of drivers? With 29 cars entered the garages are full, so a number of drivers will spend a good 10 minutes before practice and qualifying in assembly at turn one – great for those classic ‘helmet on’ shots, and Parc Ferme after each race where the drivers usually have a few discussions among themselves.
5. MAX COATES IN THE ‘OTHER’ MINIS.
Are we biased because Max is a columnist for Motor Racing UK Magazine? Hell yes we are, but we have to say there isn’t a harder working driver in the TOCA package than the Graves JCW Mini UK driver. Not only is he racing in British Endurance alongside the Mini series, he’s also running his own Britcar team. You’ll also see him working his socks off helping the drivers for Graves in the secondary Quaife Mini Challenge Trophy through the year, and at his home circuit this weekend he’ll be joining that grid, so keep an eye on the local legend to see what he can pull off.