New Brighton Sprint Course
I've only done New Brighton once before, that was 6 years ago and the layout has changed since then, so you best ask someone else really. In '99 I only managed the convoy run and 50 yards of first practice before one of the diff. planet wheels changed its orbit. However, I guess a few observations may help:
1) It's 1450 metres long and 6-12 metres wide.
2) It is on closed public roads and is probably the only opportunity you will get to go the wrong way around roundabouts legally.
3) The kerbs are high in places and best avoided.
4) The hairpin has gone now, which pleases me, as I understeered onto the kerb there last time.
5) The start is on a reasonable curve, so line up appropriately and hang on tightly off the line.
6) The organisers warned against the "red mist" descending on the approach to the first corner which is straight across a roundabout but going around it the wrong way. You will be doing a fair speed, there is not much opportunity for straighlining it. It also appears to tighten. Just when you would be wanting to drift out the kerb blocks your way.
7) Next is a 90% right, again its the wrong way round the roundabout. Then there is a short run to the next corner which is another roundabout at the sea front. You need to kink left then go round it the correct way to the right.
8) There still is a nasty hump on the finishing straight caused by subsidence. My Mallock bottoms there and Scotty smashed his sump a few years back (despite a kevlar undertray) so ensure you have adequate ground clearance. Which side of the track minimizes the effect of this?
9) How does the course end?
Following instructions courtesy of Wallasey MC:
M6 to the M56 to the M53 - signposted "Birkenhead", exiting M53 at Junction 1, signposted "New Brighton".
From the North and East, via Liverpool City Centre, follow signs to "Wallasey Tunnel" (Toll £1-00), onto the M53, exiting Junction 1, signposted "New Brighton".
N.B. The prom. is closed from 8a.m. so you have to enter via New Brighton itself.
If anyone has the actual class records for the current course I'll gladly put them up here. In the meantime, just to give visitors an idea of where to start from, I've included the results from the 1999, 2000 and 2001 events: