As one of, if not THE UK’s busiest speed venue, Curborough will be known to many. That doesn’t make it simple though, there are enough foibles to challenge.
Figure of Eight Course
Off the line it’s often a bit slippy, but if tyre warming is still allowed, you can offset this a little. Up through the gears to Flagpole. It’s a quick entry, but stay right until the bend appears in your vision over the crest. A tight line is safe, but not the quickest. Then go through under power, but remember that on the exit of this fast left is a slightly tighter right!
It’s worth building up speed as this is an important section. Stay left and then make a very late move right at the kink to line up a wide entry to The Molehill. I scrabble over the inside kerbs to open up the next kink right and the short squirt to Fradley Hairpin. Understeer will most likely be your main issue here and depending on what car you are in, try to minimise it as much as you can. A tight line often provokes it. So, I brake up to the outside of the mid-corner and then dramatically tighten my line right. This gets me back on line and often teases the back out which helps.
It’s important to get on the power as soon as you can. The Figure of Eight Course now takes a short squirt down the Shenstone Straight before a right-left chicane. Line up for this on the left of the straight and tease your way through The Chicane as you head along Woodside towards Flagpole in the opposite direction to normal!
This now becomes a tightish left-hander, but does open up on the exit. Up the Shenstone Straight the ‘wrong way’ and as it’s slightly up hill, get on the gas as soon as practicable.
Now sitting on the right of the track, turn into The Chicane, this time left-right, and proceed to Fradley Hairpin for the second time. Exit under power and then it’s a dash down Shenstone Straight to the line and finish.