Wicked corner: Turn 5 at Thunderhill
Turn 5 at Thunderhill – alternately referred to as the Eagle’s Nest and the Cyclone – looks and sounds like a hoot. Because a lot of times cars will come out of there looking like this:
Of course, we also imagine this corner doesn’t go so well for plenty of other less fortunate drivers.
More on the corner:
Turn 5, a.k.a. the Cyclone, is where you learn to trust your corner workers. It is reminiscent of the Corkscrew at Laguna Seca, but is faster and blinder. The Cyclone consists of a sharp left-hand turn at the top of a ridge followed by a right-hand off-camber sweeper. Brake in a straight line coming up the hill, downshift to second, and turn in early, perhaps sooner than feels right. Begin to straighten and sqeeze the throttle as you crest. If you have aimed correctly, you will be against the burm on drivers right on the way down. This is a good place to grab third. Modulate the throttle through the right-hand sweeper, drift out, but bring the car back to driver’s right to set up for the left hand turn 6 (source).