How to set quick lap times at Mondello Park – an Onboard with Colm Blackburn

John Ross Delahunt

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Colm Blackburn – Mondello Park National Circuit Tutorial

Colm BlackburnFormula VeeE Fox Engineers 2017 championship winner demonstrates how to drive at Mondello Park’s National Circuit. If you want to improve your lap times and find out where you may be going wrong, check out the video tutorial below. Everything you need to know about how to set a fast lap time in both race pace and qualifying mode is provided here!

Colm Blackburn racing at Mondello Park – Photo Credit: James Foley

Tutorial:

Mondello Park National Circuit Tutorial with Colm Blackburn from John Ross Delahunt on Vimeo.

Mondello Park – National Circuit Layout – Photo Credit: mondellopark.ie

Straight:

Carrying full throttle, stay to the right hand side of the track. At the end of the green-white barrier, start to merge across to the left hand side of the track. Begin braking at the ‘100′ meter marker board. Be fully on the left by 75 meters and downshift to 3rd at the ‘50’ meter marker board.

Qualifying Mode: Begin braking at 75 meters, turn in later

Mobil 1:

Begin turn in at the tarmacked area on the left hand side of the track. Aim for a mid-late apex and power-on. Come back out to the middle-right of the track. Merge across fully to the right and be fully on the right by the end of the light-grey piece of tarmac.

Qualifying Mode: Power-on earlier.

Turn 2:

From the light-grey piece of tarmac, begin turn in for turn 2. Full throttle. Hit a mid-apex and avoid having to use the curbing on the inside of the turn. Carry full throttle speed back out to the right hand side of the track.

Turn 2 – Calor Straight:

Carrying full throttle, upshift to 4th at the middle of the rumble strips on the right. Start to gradually merge to the left at the end of the rumble strips. Be fully on the left by the ‘100’ meter marker board.

Calor:

Ease off throttle and begin turn in just before the ‘50’ meter marker. Hit a mid-late apex on the right hand side and begin braking. Come back out to the left-middle of the track, downshift to 3rd with heavy braking. Begin turn in 1 car length before the darker section of tarmac ends. Power-on. Hit a late apex and carry speed back over to the left hand side of the track.

Qualifying Mode: Power-on from turn in and apply braking thereafter.

Calor – Bridgestone Straight:

Gradually merge to the right hand side of the track from the end of the rumble strips on the left. Upshift to 4th. Be fully on the right by middle-late of the straight. Ease off throttle 1 car length before the tarmac section on the right hand side of the track. Begin braking at the start of the tarmac section on the right. Merge to the middle of the track.

Bridgestone:

Apply even more braking and downshift at the ‘50’ meter marker. Stay to the middle of the track and power-on from 1 car length before the rumble strips start on the left of the track. Hit a mid-apex.  Carry full throttle out to the middle of the track and begin turn in for early-apex.

Qualifying Mode: Turn in much later and hit a mid-late apex, be on the power earlier from turn in.

Irish Ferries and straight:

Hit an early-apex and upshift to 4th, carry full throttle all the way back out to the left. Be fully on the left by the end of the rumble strips. Begin braking at the ‘100’ meter marker board. Downshift to 3rd just before the ‘50’ marker board.

Southside Motor Factors:

Begin turn in at the start of the lighter grey section of tarmac on the left hand side of the track, there is a triangular crack in the tarmac – use this as a reference point. Hit a mid-late apex and power-on.

Qualifying Mode: Power-on earlier

Southside Motor Factors – Straight:

Carry full throttle speed out to the left hand side of the track, use all of the track to carry the speed through here. At the end of the rumble strips start gradually merging back to the right of the track. Upshift to 4th. Be fully on the right of the track around the start of the green-white barrier.

Check out this video for an explanation on everything above:

Video credit: Driver61 (YouTube Channel) 

For more great onboard footage check out Colm’s YouTube channel, where you can watch various races throughout the 2017 season.

More quick onboard footage at Mondello Park can be found on Sean Doyle’s YouTube channel

For more Motorsport pictures, you can view them via Cregor Elliott’s Facebook page and James Foley’s Facebook page

If you have any further tips and tricks, or would like to comment please do so below!

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John Ross Delahunt

  • Jeremy Chassang

    Really interesting article man, amazing tuto, I want to try the Formula Vee now aha