Villacoublay, FRA

Category Fictional Tracks
Type Super Speedway
Configuration Egg-Oval
Length 2.933 Miles
Characteristics Clockwise (right) turns
Turns 1-2 banked 20
Turns 3-4 flat
Max Field 42
Track Record (GS) Cup - Pat Reece 56.998 (185.249 mph)
GNS - Joe Nemechek 58.647
NR2K3 Track Author(s) Pat Reece


Going Bass Ackwards

Driving a clockwise course is a little disconcerting after all the standard-direction tracks. I haven't tried to setup a car for this one yet but I imagine it would take some discipline to think backwards for that too. This is one of only two super speedways that I have tried (the other being Seneca) that make right-hand turns. I think what messes with me on this one is the wall on the driver side--it almost gives you a feeling of being on a road course. This track is a bit tricky for a super speedway anyway. Much tougher than Seneca. Once you're on the track and up to speed at Seneca it's almost hard to spin if you try. Verlandring has some spots that will swap ends quickly if you're not concentrating on taking care of business.

Why and when did it happen that all tracks went in a counter-clockwise direction? Seems like right hand turns would be a natural thing. What do we do when we know the left-hand turn lane will be jammed up? We go up an extra block and make three right turns. We generally exit right. The clock moves to the right. Race fans lean to the right when they're watching a race. Checking 'the net' I found the following explanation: "In the case of American horse racing the reason has less to do with physics and much more to do with politics. In 1780, the first circular US race track was established by William Whitley near his home in Lincoln County, Kentucky. A staunch supporter of the Revolution, Whitley insisted that horses race counterclockwise, as opposed to clockwise as was the custom at the time in England. While some race tracks were slow to adapt (Belmont racetrack in NY actually ran clockwise until 1921), now all racetracks in the US follow Whitney's patriotic tradition." I should have known that politics may have been involved. That and someone wanted to be different than everyone else.

Dratsad Tdar

Your spin talk is like a broken record already. Reminds me of those NBC announcers at Texas last week--before every commercial that one guy was saying "When we come back we'll see how it all plays out". I mean every time. Like it meant anything. What else could it be? When we come back we won't see how it all plays out? Look, it's gonna play out and we're gonna be privy to that juicy information. Do ya hafta keep reminding us that we're going away for one more commercial?

Track Notes:

Speedwise, the top AI qualifying time went to Jeff Gordon at 184.63 mph. A trusted name at NR Rank has turned a 186.58 mph lap. Me? Not so fast but only a few laps. Another one of those "when I get time" racetracks. I tried racing the AI from the rear of the field but without a setup I could not stay close enough to evaluate the draft potential. The default setup here is really no setup--the tires will squeal all the way through the turns. Two minutes with springs and tires added 2 mph to my lap speeds. There's a lot more to be done here.