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A trackwalk around the Salzburgring


04 July 2024 | Member stories

At our track day on 30 April 2024, we had the opportunity for the first time to offer a "loud" test day with a volume limit of 105 dB at the Salzburgring. As a special highlight, the two-hour engine shutdown was bridged with an exclusive track walk around the 4,255-metre-long traditional racetrack.
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    Dirk Weidner

On 30 April 2024, for the first time, we had the opportunity to offer a 'noisy' (105 dB) test day at the Salzburgring.

Because we had to observe two hours of engine silence on that day, our on-site chief instructor, Wolfgang Schmidt, was able to organise a safety vehicle on the track and so we were able to approach the track with interested participants and take a closer look at all the special features of the circuit. A track walk offers the opportunity to explore the circuit up close and to understand the intricacies of the individual corners and straights.

The next Salzburgring track day on 9 September 2024 will once again be a high-volume test day for vehicles up to 105 dB. We will try to offer a track walk on this date as well. .

 

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In order to ensure that the track walk is not just a luxurious stroll, but that you can also learn something about the special features of the track up close, you must pay attention to the following aspects:

  • Track surface: pay special attention to the condition of the asphalt and any bumps.
  • . Pay attention to tyre marks at the entrance to the track.
  • Attend to the tyre marks at the entrance to the curve, which will give you an idea of the ideal braking and turning points
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  • Mark the width of the track at various points to recognise overtaking opportunities
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  • Be aware of safety-relevant points, such as the location of marshals, run-off areas and opportunities to park a damaged vehicle in an emergency
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The most important sections of the Salzburgring in detail

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    • Bridgestone Chicanes
      The slowest and narrowest section of the track. Keep the car straight under braking and try to brake as late and accurately as possible.
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. Nockstein Bend
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      Slightly inclined and rather wide 180° curve, often underestimated. The rule is 'slow in - fast out'. Get your car into position early enough to get back on the accelerator as soon as possible. This will give you plenty of momentum for the next straight.
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The back straight
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    In reality, the long back straight is a maze of curves. If you follow the ideal line perfectly, the steering angle is minimal and you can ride the straight at full speed.
  • The Paddock Turn
    The Paddock Turn is a bold curve. At the end of the long straight, you have to turn - the racing line leads from the extreme left to the extreme right and then left again.
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  • Pure S
    If you want to be fast in the left-right-left chicane, you have to behave like a skier: Always think ahead. If you are too fast in the first corner, you will lose momentum at the exit. Therefore, brake sharply at the first corner, use the kerbs intelligently and accelerate on the start/finish straight in one go.
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