At Racer's Edge we run our school on the 2.5 mile "Big Willow", which is the longest and fastest of the cicuit configurations at the historic Willow Springs Raceway in Rosamond, CA.
This is the fastest track at the complex, featuring challenging curves and elevation changes as well as a long main straightaway.
Willow Springs International Raceway has been operating continuously since 1953 and was named an official California point of historical interest in 1996.
Whilst our classes don't require prior knowledge of the circuit layout, it is beneficial to take some time before driving the course to learn about each of the corners to ensure that you can make the most of your time in the cars with our instructors.
As well as corner by corner descriptions and videos, enthusiasts can now also benefit from racing Willow Springs at home using popular motorsport simulations on today's gaming consoles.
The circuit provides all the amenities you'll need to make the most of your day including shaded garaging spaces, a restaurant, and bathroom and changing facilities. There's ample parking and spectators are welcome.Check out the official Willow Springs website for more details.
Key to a smooth fast lap is an understanding of each corner, and how to handle a sequence of corners to get the fastest possible line through them. In our driver briefing and classroom session, we cover the optimum line for each of the nine turns that make up Big Willow as well as gear selections and sight lines used to keep the car on line.
A 90 degree left hand turn after the straightaway, taken at speed in 4th gear.
A long, sweeping double apex, plenty of grip and taken in 4th.
Starting to head uphill, brake late and drop to 3rd to set up for turn four.
Cresting the hill and taking a late apex, stay in 3rd and power on to five.
A fast left hander, stay in 3rd and shift to 4th on the exit, then build speed into the remainder of lap.
The start of the fastest section on the track - accelerate hard into seven and eight.
A slight kink in the track, keep accelerating!
A very high speed right turn, no braking required!
Challenging fast turn with a dip hiding the late apex, get a good line here to carry the most speed into the straightaway and another lap.
Jack Olsen has been chasing faster and faster lap times at Willow Springs in his Porsche 911 for over a decade. This is his corner by corner guide to the racing line on the Big Willow circuit that we teach on.
Road & Track published an article and accompanying video that shows Jack's dedication to getting the best time possible out of his car, check it out on their site.
If you want to familiarize yourself with the circuit at home, it's available to race in the following video games.
(PC, Xbox One, Playstation 4)
Ready to test yourself at Willow Springs? Get in touch and let's make it happen!