Summit Point Track Guide by Omer Kinay
I’ll be referring to the turn numbers below:
Before doing an hotlap with soft tires using the setup provided for Nissan Primera at the bottom of this post, you should make sure that the temp of your tires are at the steady state hotlapping conditions. You probably reach this state after pushing the car (without sliding) for about 1-2 laps.
T1: Assuming that you didn’t have any exit speed issues out of T10, hit the brakes right after the marker “150” and apply full pressure while downshifting. The faster line here is hitting the middle of the apex (don’t hug it very early) and not going very wide at the exit. I use the 1st gear to gain some lateral traction at corner entry and try my best not to steer more than necessary (feel the understeer and reduce steering if necessary). You can prevent going wide by being patient with the throttle, I generally don’t let it coast and increase throttle gradually until the end of the inner kerb where it becomes flat out.
T2: If you’re wide, you’re wide. Don’t try to adjust your line by releasing throttle here and don’t be aggressive with the amount of steering. Go flat out and carry a good amount of speed to the upcoming mini-straight.
T3: Braking late here can cause problems so it’s a better practice to play it safe. Blip the brakes right before the first cone on the right and downshift to 4th gear, be patient with the throttle on the entry. Try to hit the inner apex late. As soon as you hit it open up the throttle fully. This would help you to gain some rear grip. Use the kerbs on the exit to eliminate unnecessary steering angle. Note: if you are losing the rear at the corner entry, you are either braking late or steering abruptly at the entry; try to correct either one of these mistakes and never let it slide!
T4: The hardest corner of the track. Put your left tires on the grey kerbs to have a wider entry. Gentle steering and not coasting is key here. Be brave and don’t brake! Give it some throttle (%50-60) for keeping the load at the back of the car while you are steering as smooth as you can. If you feel like the car is about the oversteeer, don’t slow down (you’ll definitely lose it) and give it some more throttle (65-70%), it’ll help you to stabilize the car. Once you have a neutral steering, start braking and downshifting until 1st gear. Touching the inner kerb here is not a big deal but I would prevent that. There’s a very nice track camber at the apex, always try to locate your car right where that camber is to carry a higher corner speed without compromising stability.
T5-T6-T7: This is the combo that I absolutely love. Try to hug the inside at T5 using the 1st gear (at >10% throttle) and don’t go too wide at the exit (keep it on the darker part of the tarmac). Upshift to 2nd gear and try to get a wide entry to T6. At T6, blip the brakes (~30%), downshift to 1st gear again to gain some lateral grip and hit the apex early. T7 is tricky, I know that you want to go flat out but be patient as the car will understeer here while accelerating! Watch your throttle to keep it closer to the right of the darker part of the tarmac and always hit the exit apex of T7 (as shown at t=0:48 of the hotlap video above).
T8: This is flat out but a late apex is crucial to have a wide entry to T9. Keep steering left at the exit until you left tire is at the edge (about to hit the grass) at the exact point where the darker part of the tarmac starts again. Release the throttle for a split-second once your left tire is at the edge of the track as described above.
T9: Very easy to lose time here as you should carry as much speed as you can to the next sector. Ideally, you shouldn’t brake and just releasing the throttle as described at the exit of T8 should be sufficient (use the brakes only if you feel like you somehow carried excessive speed to T9, I thought I did in the hotlap video so I touched the brakes gently). Hug the inside without touching kerbs at the apex. Hug it like your life depends on it as it has a very sweet camber that would plant your car to the track when you are flat out. Use the exit kerbs but don’t let your car touch the sticky grass on your left! Off-track part there is very bumpy!
T10: One objective: don’t.let.it.slide! Brake right at the middle of the pit-entry, the pressure should be just enough so that you can downshift to 4th. Don’t go flat out early but don’t coast either. Hit the apex and then open up the throttle fully! You should use the exit kerbs generously to carry some speed to that long pit straight.
Enjoy your laps at Summit Point!