Anglesey

Situated on the West side of the Isle of Anglesey this circuit is in the depths of Wales. It is very easy to find but watch out for the speed ramps on the approach road, and heavily pot holed dirt track. There are a few covered garages but it's mainly open parking, and with views out over the Irish sea off School Corner don't get caught out sight-seeing.

There are plenty of small B&Bs and hotels within the local vicinity with good beer and home cooked food. There are no major hotels nearby and we wouldn't recommend Bangor, although it does have a cheap travel lodge for those who crave a chain hotel.

Being so remote there are loads of places to visit whilst travelling to this circuit. South Stack lighthouse is just North, and you would have passed the place with the longest name in the UK as you drove onto the island. Snowdon and the Pen-y-Pass are only 15 miles South of Bangor and well worth a detour.

As for the circuit, following its extensive redevelopment in the winter of 2006/2007, the much improved circuit now has various layouts. 'Coastal' and 'International' are the layouts usually used for track days. The circuit lacks in facilities with the burger van the only place on site to eat or drink. There are no garages so when the weather is bad, you are going to get wet.

Starting with The Coastal Circuit, turn 1 is a very fast approach and care must be taken on both the entry and exit as the run off to the inside of the circuit is limited. The corner itself can be taken quickly but you must remember to use all the road on the exit, bringing the car back to the left of the road for the Bookatrack hairpin. The banking of the hairpin makes this a very tricky corner, but thanks to the camber, it is possible to carry more speed into the apex and use the camber to carry more speed through the exit. Church is the next corner and is the most difficult of the lap. The corner is very wide and is a constant turn which leads you to believe it is flat - it is NOT! Care should be taken on the exit to avoid running onto the grass. The next section leads up to the Rocket complex and is nothing more than a flat out kink before the steep uphill climb to Rocket. The following complex is very tight and patience is required to get the most from this section. Braking for Peal is critical as the circuit begins to fall away from the turning in point, on to an early apex, that leads into the fast downhill approach to the corkscrew. Braking here is critical as the run off is relatively small and the Corkscrew is very tight, but very rewarding when driven correctly. The final left hander that completes the lap is very straightforward, but care must be taken so as not to pick up the power too early and cause the car to understeer wide on the exit.

Much of the International circuit is the same, but instead of going through the Corkscrew there is a very quick left hand corner called Seamans that is slightly off camber. This leads on to the Tom Pryce Straight. On approach to the hairpin there is a seam in the tarmac that runs across the track; use this to judge your braking point. The run down to the final left hander completes the International lap. Picking a braking point is very tricky as it is very easy to overdrive the last corner of the lap. The corner has a very fast open approach but then tightens mid corner, so be careful not to be caught out.

Words kindly provided by Jamie Stanley.

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