Oulton Park International

Oulton Park Circuit
Little Budworth,
Cheshire CW6 9BW
Tel: 01829 760301
Fax: 01829 760378

Circuit Length: 2.2 miles


Situated next to Little Budworth and is best accessed from the A54 or the A49. From the north take junction 19 off the M6 and follow the A556 through Northwich towards Chester, from the south leave the M6 at junction 18 and follow the A54. Regular train services to Crewe and Chester operate on the mainline from London Euston.
Circuit Guide:

Old Hall
As the pit lane exits after Old Hall, it’s actually the last corner you will come to on a trackday but it is the first turn if you’re starting a race. There are a couple of bumps in the braking zone and due to the Armco on the inside you can’t see the exit from the approach, but don’t get suckered into turning too early. The apex is obvious as you begin the turn and you should let the car run on the exit. Don’t be tempted to extend the width of the track past the kerb as the grass is heavily rutted.

The approach to Cascades is difficult as you are crossing the track from left to right while going over a crest on The Avenue. Don’t brake until you are over it but as you are now on a steep downhill slope it is easy to lock a wheel here. As you turn through the left you are working against the camber so the car will tend to oversteer as you apply the power. This is a very difficult corner, but it’s crucial for your lap time as a long straight follows.

Technically this is a much simpler corner than Cascades but it takes real bottle as it’s very fast. Some cars will be at full speed on the approach and will require little more than a confidence lift before turning in. Trackday drivers tend to have a decent brake here though and in reality it doesn’t have a massive impact on lap times as you are braking for Shell Oils almost immediately afterwards. For that reason you don’t need to use the full width of the track on the exit.

Shell Oils
This hairpin is faster than it might appear due to it being heavily cambered. Once you have turned in you should ride it around the inside, making the most of the banking. It’s a constant radius so once settled you keep the steering and throttle inputs constant. Run out to the edge of the track on the exit, but be careful here as grip levels fall as the camber levels out.

The first of two chicanes in this section of track has an approach complicated slightly by a curved braking area. It’s an awkward chicane that has some quite jagged kerbs. The exit is very important in terms of lap time as the straight that follows begins with an uphill section.

Heading downhill now, Knickerbrook requires firm braking as it’s tight and slow on entry. Once through the left-hand middle part there’s a pause before the track goes right and as this is the most cruicial section you should ensure you are on well over to the left. A dab of the brakes is likely to be required to get some weight over the front wheels before turning. This last part requires patience as the tightness makes it difficult to apply power and as there is a long run from here to Druids, aim to squeeze the throttle in one smooth movement.

This corner is perhaps Oulton’s signature bend, being fast, technically difficult and despite a decent gravel trap has seen its fair share of big shunts. Again the approach is fast and therefore braking is firm but not so hard as to induce a heavy weight balance shift to the nose, you want the car as level as possible as you turn in. Ignore the first false apex and pick up the second. Once here start re-applying the throttle but be careful of the large bump right on the exit, particularly in the wet as this is a common cause of spins. Also note that adding to the danger are the overhanging trees which can mean that this section of track is still wet when the rest has dried out.

The completion of the track is a third gear corner that requires heavy braking over the undulations. Once you reach the apex you begin to drop downhill, which again can make throttle application difficult. Once through here you rush up over Deer Leap and begin another lap of this glorious parkland track.

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