SHENNINGTON ‘BITE-SIZE’ TRACK GUIDE by Niki Richardson
is yet ANOTHER track that I raced back in the early 90’s, winning a Super One
round there back in 93 and then winning a club meeting in one of my final
races…from 28th on the grid!
Now on paper
it looks very simple but actually, it’s not so easy because EVERY corner is key
and it’s so easy to make a mistake and carry too much speed into one of these
start at the Start/Finish and we should be right over to the right hand side of
the circuit, straddling the white line as we approach the left handed Turn 1
(Park Bend). Now the key to this corner is to exit over to the left hand-side
because the right handed Turn 2 (Café) arrives immediately which means the apex
for Turn 1 is extremely late. In good conditions, Turn 1 should be completely
flat out but also note, be careful about taking too much inside kerb as it can
easily mess up your braking point for Turn 2. Overtakes are possible here which
I’ll explain at the end of the lap.
Turn 2 is
your first key corner and boy it can be a frustrating corner! Firstly it’s so
easy to brake a fraction too late and overshoot as you try and shave a few
tenths off under brakes and then also it’s so easy to brake too early and
therefore turn in too early and lump the nasty inside kerb! Again, this is a key
corner because you’re flat out from here all the way through Turn 3 (Pits Bend)
to the braking zone of Turn 4 (Stratford) so just keep it simple, let the kart
run nice and wide on the exit, carrying all that moment on the exit. Turn 2 is an
overtaking opportunity but it’s very easy for this move to go wrong if you make
a late move due to the braking zone being so close to the corner so make sure
you’re in striking distance if you do decide to go for an overtake here!
previously mentioned, Turn 3 is easy flat out so just take a nice smooth line
though and keep the steering to a minimum, exiting right over to the right
hand-side of the circuit.
So we should
drift back over to the left hand-side of the circuit as we approach the braking
zone of Turn 4 which is a sharp right handed hairpin. Under brakes, you should
be aggressive as you dare but again it’s all too easy to out-brake yourself so
don’t attack it too much as again, it’s all about that important exit! Just
like Turn 2, there is a nasty inside kerb so get near it but do not touch it
before letting the kart run nice and wide on the exit, running the outside
kerb. Please remember not to get on the gas too early as it’s easy to run too
wide and get beached on the outside kerb which can cause some serious damage to
the underside of the kart.
Turn 4 is
your next overtaking opportunity on the track.
we’ve exited Turn 4 you’ll head down a medium sized straight towards Turns 5, 6
and 7 the right, left, right chicane. The key part of the Chicane is Turn 6
which means flicking the kart in for Turn 5, scrubbing off a little speed as
you keep the kart over to the right before jumping on the brakes for Turn 6.
Again, just keep it simple here, turn in take a little bit of inside kerb
before nailing the exit which means not running too wide on the exit because
the flat out Turn 7 quickly arrives so exit about a kart width away from the white
line on the right before turning in for Turn 7, running some inside kerb and
letting the kart run wide on the exit. Again, like Turns 2 and 4, there is a
huge run to the next braking zone at Turn 9 (Wilkins).
coming towards the end of the lap as you travel down a long straight
approaching the flat out right handed Turn 8 (Hangar Corner). All you need to
do for Turn 8 is swing the kart from the left over to the right and get close
to but not touching the huge inside kerbs before letting the kart drift over to
the left as you prepare for the right handed Turn 9. Now you have a good
reference point here for braking and that is the marshal’s post which is
situated on the inside of the corner. Again this is a key corner so don’t
charge into here too quickly and overt-shoot or run wide on the exit, just
brake so that you can hook up that apex which is situated mid-corner and so
that you can exit without sweeping too wide. I mention about sweeping wide
because on the exit there’s a rather annoying left handed kink which leads you
back to the Start/Finish line so if you end up running too wide you’ll
needlessly have to steer around this kink which will affect your momentum on
the exit. Remember you’re on the gas for as long as 12 seconds as you exit Turn
9 and that means your next braking point is at Turn 2 so the run here is oh so
important! Again, Turn 9 is another key overtaking spot.
mentioned, Turn 10 is a slight left handed kink but as a handy little tip, keep
it fairly tight to the left and you’ll take the shortest route to the
Start/Finish line to complete your lap and this could also allow you to make an
overtake as you head towards Turn 1.
Turn 2 (Café)
Turn 4 (Stratford Corner)
Turn 6 (The Chicane)
Turn 9 (Wilkins)
Address Shenington Kart Circuit, Shenington Airfield, , OX15 6NZ
From the North: M40, junction 12 (Gaydon). Turn left off onto the slip road, the B4451 towards Gaydon (and Kineton) for half a mile then turn left onto the main B4100 past the Esso Garage. Continue past the CAD Army Depot and take the next right (unclassified). Meet the B4086, turning left at the T junction and continue up the hill through the village of Edgehill and then meet the A422 main Banbury to Stratford road, turning right. After only 300m, turn left (almost straight on) to the unclassified road, signposted Tysoe and Epwell. Continue on this road some 2 miles until crossroads. Turn left. Circuit entrance is 600 yards on the left by the agricultural centre. From the South: M40, junction 11 (Banbury). Follow the signs for Stratford-upon-Avon, A422, also signposted Wroxton and Drayton. You will pass over several roundabouts before turning left at traffic lights onto the A422. Continue along this road for a total of about 8 miles, ignoring the first left turn, signposted to Shenington (this does not go to the circuit), passing the New Inn on your right in about five miles. In a further mile, pass Upton House (a National Trust House) on your left. In 400 yards after Upton House, turn left where the A422 curves round to the right, signposted to Tysoe and Epwell. Continue on this road until crossroads. Turn left. Circuit is 600 yards on the left by the agricultural centre.