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10. THE ESSES, BARBAGALLO
The run up the hill at Barbagallo Raceway funnels the pack into one racing line and drivers aggressively attack the kerbs. High tyre degradation and marbles off line add to the challenge of this series of corners.
9. DOOHAN CORNER, PHILLIP ISLAND
The fast right-hander first corner at Phillip Island is amongst the most popular with drivers. They hit top gear and 290km/h at the end of Gardner Straight and go down one
gear and carry approximately 210km/k through Doohan Corner, with Bass Strait providing a stunning backdrop.
8. BACK CHICANE, SURFERS PARADISE
Drivers attack the spectacular Surfers Paradise back chicane at approximately 120km/h, with a clean run through this section critical to a good lap time. There’s a big risk versus reward factor in how drivers approach the corners, given the threat of overuse of kerb warnings and hitting the outside concrete wall.
7. HAYSHED, PHILLIP ISLAND
The run from the Turn 4 hairpin away from Bass Strait is critical to a fast lap time at Phillip Island, with the Hayshed a fast sweeper where drivers just touch the brakes and carry high speed on the approach to Lukey Heights.
6. TURN 4, SYMMONS PLAINS
The hairpin at Symmons Plains is the slowest corner on the Supercars schedule, with its banking allowing for different lines. Drivers are increasingly taking a high line and using the concrete lining on the exit to get better traction. The hairpin is not only the main overtaking spot on the circuit but also the biggest determining factor for a quick lap time.
5. DANDENONG ROAD, SANDOWN
The fast left-hand sweeper has been the scene of some of the biggest Supercars accidents, including Todd Hazelwood’s massive hit last season. The turn-in is hard to get right for drivers, who carry approximately 200km/h in fifth gear into the corner.
4. TURNS 10 & 11, PUKEKOHE
The fast and flowing Pukekohe is an old-school circuit where corner speed is high. This is particularly the case for the fast left and right sweeper that leads onto the home straight, where the brave sometimes dive on the inside of their opponents or get on the throttle a little too early and run onto the grass.
3. TURN 8, ADELAIDE
The right-hand sweeper has destroyed a number of cars and the slightest mistake is punished at the concrete wall on corner exit. Drivers enter in sixth at 220km/h and need to hit the apex cleanly for a smooth exit.
2. REID, SULMAN, MCPHILLAMY PARK, MOUNT PANORAMA
The run up Mount Panorama is arguably the most iconic stretch of track in Australia. The series of undulating left-handers leading to Skyline is a rollercoaster ride, where time can be gained or lost depending on how hard they are prepared to push.
1. THE CHASE, MOUNT PANORAMA
The most daunting corner in Supercars was, ironically, installed on safety grounds in 1987. The Chase broke up Conrod Straight, with the right-hand kink adding another iconic corner to the legendary circuit. Drivers are on the brink of 300km/h when they use the extra seal on the left of the road to swing to the right in top gear after just a slight dab of the brakes.
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