V8 drivers keen for KL circuit improvements

Todd Kelly heads through the final chicane

Todd Kelly heads through the final chicane

The V8 Supercars drivers who sampled the KL City GP street circuit have nominated several areas for improvement ahead of next year’s planned championship round at the venue.

Run-off space, track width, bumps, kerbs and corner profiles are all potential areas for improvement that have been flagged by the drivers that took part in the five-car demonstration.

As previously reported, event organisers say they will assess tweaks to the venue ahead of next year’s second running of the event.

Todd Kelly described the circuit at the weekend as “the craziest street circuit I’ve ever driven on”.

While confident that it can produce decent racing with the full field, the Nissan Motorsport owner/driver says the run-offs are in need of attention.

“Especially in the wet, one of my first impressions was that the amount of run-off you have isn’t enough,” Kelly told Speedcafe.com.

“A lot of those high-speed braking corners need to be looked at before we come back next year.

“As far as bumps and so on go, it really makes it quite a unique circuit.

“In a perfect world you’d move all the barriers 50 metres away and knock all the bumps out and everyone would be happy.

“But that’s what makes the track what it is. It’s extremely challenging and will produce some awesome racing and spectacular footage.”

Erebus Motorsport’s Will Davison suggests that closer analysis of the corner profiles, including the entry kerb into Turn 2, could help the racing.

Craig Lowndes during the wet Friday practice

Craig Lowndes during the wet Friday practice

“Passing is always going to be hard with a lot of cars out there,” Davison told Speedcafe.com.

“In the train, following very close is tricky because a lot of your apex points are actually barriers, not kerbs.

“If you’re behind you want to stay close, but if you take out an inside wall it’s game over.

“It’s hard to stay close and be aggressive, so they need to look at refining the apex points and widening the track where they can.”

Red Bull’s Craig Lowndes is meanwhile keen for the bumps, kerbs and run-offs to be assessed, but thinks the basic corner profiles can remain unchanged.

“It’s a difficult, technical track to drive around, but that’s what you’ve got to race with,” Lowndes told Speedcafe.com.

“We were following each other really close all weekend and in the last race we were pretty on the money (pace wise), it was pretty intense. We were able to navigate around without hitting anything,

“The profile of the corners is not the drama, it’s more the bumps and the kerbs. At the moment the kerbs aren’t big enough for what we can get away with.”

VIDEO: A look at the circuit in wet conditions with Craig Lowndes

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