Ty Croes (Anglesey) Sprint Circuit
These pages have moved to http://www.nwsprints.co.uk where there are no annoying adverts, pop-ups or spyware and it responds quicker too! The Anglesey Racing Circuit, formerly Ty Croes, is an
absolute must for sprinters in the North West. It is fast, safe and technically very
demanding with three difficult complexes of bends. You also get two laps. If
you have a choice of gearing, then choose your highest ratios, e.g. those used at Aintree.
See also the official website
and Lancs &
Cheshire CC who have a site specifcally for Ty Croes. Finally, have a look at fluke motorsport for another description and more videos.
|I've only been to Ty Croes three times and managed to come off more
times than I care to think about without recording a quick time. So be warned, the
following is only something to think about if you have never seen the place
before. You must walk the course first and make up your own mind as
there are no convoy runs.
|You start up the pit lane. As it is downhill you ought to be almost
flat in third by the time you reach school corner, the first part of which is a 45%
right-hander. From earlier visits I had thought you only need to lift rather than brake on the first lap,
but last time out I lost it a couple of times on turn in, so to avoid
embarrassment work up to this one gradually in practice and try a
good shove on the brakes so start with. Stay wide to get a good line into the
second part of the bend.
||Either way you certainly want to carry a lot of speed into it as the road
goes quite steeply uphill on the exit. The car feels light and skittish on the
second apex as there is a slight brow there. If you've done it right you have
drifted to the middle of the left-hand "kerb" (just a muddy patch
now) ready to turn into Abbotts except that you
should now be going too fast to get round Abbotts, so braking is required.
With a 1600 engine and 4.55 diff I could keep in third but with a "cammier"
1350 engine and 4.2 diff I now I change down to second. If you want
some insight into going too fast round Abbots have a look at Steven Miles video!
|Abbotts has a blind brow and really does leap out at you. If you do
overdo it, the rough stuff on the outfield will slow you down quite effectively but the
advice is to let go of the steering wheel to avoid broken fingers and/or wrists. You
do want to keep the momentum going as you will still be going uphill ready for the Radar complex.
||Radar is really unnerving. This is a 90% lefthander over a brow.
It's totally blind when you are sat low down. You need to turn in before you can see
the bend so that you can exit on the left hand side of the track ready for the following
right-hander. It's quite fast - definitely 3rd gear.
|Since this right-hander leads onto the top straight the exit speed is
probably more important than anything else about that complex. I
change down to second to avoid it bogging down on the exit. The exit kerb makes it feel almost like an "ess".
|The top straight curves here and there, making
it more interesting than Aintree, and it is flat in 4th.
||Unfortunately it leads into a hairpin with a deceptively tight exit.
I seem to need to slow to walking pace (1st) to get round this.
|I've spun here (harmlessly) a couple of times. In the picture on the right I've
obviously missed the apex by about a car's width and am just about to bog down in second
on the exit which I think drops away a bit.
||You can get up into third for Douglas, which is a left hand kink, but you
want to keep over to the left on the exit to get a good run at Mountview.
|Mountview is a right/left "ess". If you kept on the left
after Douglas, I think you now want a late apex for the first (right-hand) part of the
ess. The second (left-hand) part of the ess presents no problems and you should be
able to get into fourth pretty soon.
|Obviously a good exit speed pays dividends all
the way down that straight, which is downhill.
The only differences for the second lap are pretty obvious. First, you need some
hard braking and a downchange into the first bend. I try to use distance to the end
of the rumble strip past the end of the pits to judge braking distance. Second, if
you are on slicks, your tyres should have warmed up by now and most bends can be
taken a bit quicker than on the first lap. Finally, Douglas can be taken much faster
as you reach the finish before you have to worry about Mountview - but do watch out for
the timing equipment on the offside. By taking Douglas too fast you should
have a terrible line into Mountview and by the end of the weekend there are a
lot of marbles on the outside. Spinning after the finish is quite
possible, but not really fair on the following driver who may get a red flag
unless you can get out of the way in time.
See also info on the BMRC site.
These are approximate directions:
A55 to Bangor. A5 onto island. Turn left on the A4080 towards Rhosneigr. Go past
Rhosneigr, then turn right at crossroads - signed "Trac". If you get to
Aberffraw, then you have missed the turning.
- The first sequence of bends.
- I can take the family on holiday at the same time.
- No convoy run - so watch the red mist and slugs on the track during first practice!
- The hairpin.
The following are intended just to give an idea of what to aim for. They are not
definitive records - they are simply taken from a few fine weekends between 1999
and 2002. However, most of the times should be representative as one was a national round
with the Leaders contenders being present. N.B. Some of the classes have changed
over that period, e.g. single seater capacities.
|Standard saloon & sports to 1400
||Rover Mini Cooper
|Standard saloon & sports 1400-2000
||Honda Integra Type R
|Standard saloon & sports over 2000
|Road mod saloon & sports to 1400
||Austin Cooper S
|Road mod saloon & sports 1400-2000
|Road mod saloon & sports over 2000
||Mitsubishi Lancer Evo5
|Road mod kit to 1700
|Road mod kit over 1700
||Westfield Sei Wide
|Mod prod to 1400
||Rover Mini Cooper
|Mod prod 1400-2000
||VW Golf Mk1
|Mod prod over 2000
|Mod kit to 1800
||Westfield Se Kawasaki
|Mod kit over 1800
|Sports libre to 1700
||OMS SC2 Turbo
|Sports libre over 1700
|Racing to 600
||Jedi Honda CBR
|Formula Ford pre '95
||Force TTS PT