Leave the M4 at junction 35 and pick up the A473 heading AWAY from Bridgend. At the first roundabout (which has a large Sony store situated on it) turn right (3rd exit). You will go back under the M4 and then it’s a straight road until you come to the A48. Cross over the road (quick left then an immediate right) onto the B4268 and just follow the road until you pass Ford Gills Garage on your Right. The circuit entrance is shortly after this, again on your right. If in doubt, go to the circuit Web Page and print off their map.
Llandow is a great track that is quite tricky to learn but once you get to know it, I think its one of the best tracks on the C100 calendar. It has some quite technical parts but also some quick corners that come together to make an excellent track.
As you come out of the last corner you are on the left side of the track, over the start finish line the track kinks slightly to the left. You have to stick to the left side of the track so as to get the best line into the first corner, ‘the hook’
This complex is a right-left-right-left section which is important to get a good exit from for the following straight. As you approach the hook you are foot to the floor, you then flick into the first right hander still flat out with the back end a bit loose. As soon as you apex this right hander you have to straighten the kart and get on the brakes as hard as possible for the longer 180 degree left hander. Once you have slowed the kart down enough for this left hander you can get back onto full power and pick your line out of the complex. The ideal line is to stick to the left apex as long as possible before flicking right left onto the next straight. The final right hander of this complex has a big, hard curb on its apex, after many laps of testing and racing I still don’t believe there is any need to use this, especially in endurance racing!
As you leave the hook you stay on the right side of the track as you head towards the double left hander that takes you onto the new part of the track.
Double left – Turn 4
This corner is very tricky to get right, but if you do you can make up lots of ground. You have a small dab on the brakes as you turn into the first part and after the first apex you can get back on full throttle, the kart will drift wide but there is a lot more grip than you think. It’s an easy overtaking opportunity into this corner, but another follows directly afterwards so be careful.
The ‘Sausage’ corner
This corner was named the sausage by C100 because of the enormous curb on the exit. As you leave the previous double left hander you are heading towards the trickiest corner on the track. If you get a good enough exit from the previous corner you may not be able to get all the way over to the left side of the track for this right hander. This doesn’t matter though; you can enter this corner from the middle of the track. You need to turn in really late, usually with loads of understeer. When the front end finally grips and you have slowed down enough, that’s the time to turn in. Keep it smooth on the exit and stay off the exit curb; it will spin you straight off, if you’re lucky! Overtaking is very easy into this corner and is almost impossible to stop someone overtaking you, it’s the standard block pass. The only way to come out on top is to cut back onto the next straight.
You now head towards Chandlers corner. A fast, right hander.
You are going pretty fast as you approach this corner on the left hand side of the track. A small dab on the brakes and it’s a pretty quick 90 degree right hander. You can run right over the flat curb on exit.
You are now going towards the esses, another right-left-right section that leads onto the longest straight so is very important.
The first part of this is just like the first corner – the hook. You turn in from the left side of the track, flat out flicking the back in. Then straighten the kart up and get on the brakes. You can take a little curb on the left hander and also the next right curb is okay to use but not essential. The most important thing is to get a good run onto the back straight. The esses is another overtaking chance but with such a quick turn in it’s a tricky one.
After the esses you head down the back straight, towards the hairpin called raymonds. There is a right-left-right flat out kink half way down the straight but I think this is being removed for 2007.
This is a standard right hand hairpin that is very slippery in the wet! In the dry you take the normal hairpin line, brake as late as you can and apex just after centre. You can run a little wide on the way out. This is a very good overtaking chance
From here you are back over the start finish line.