Barber Motorsport Park track guide

Barber Motorsport Park trackwalk

The Barber Motorsports Park is an 880 acre, multi-purpose racing facility located on the eastern fringes of Birmingham, Alabama. Although The Barber Motorsports Park only opened its doors in 2003, it has quickly become the premier road racing circuit in the world. Barber Motorsport Park is not only beautiful with its immaculate landscaping, wonderful amenities, and the most extensive motorcycle collection in the world, but the track itself is amazing.  The 2.38 mile, 16-turn circuit is very intensive and full of elevation changes. Be prepared for a busy roller coaster ride with a lot of blind turns, off-camber sections and relatively short straights that will keep you focused.

Turn 1

Past the start/finish line in 4th gear, you approach turn 1 on the right side of the road, a fast left hand down hill turn. Brake hard initially, and then just past the crest of the downhill begin to release pressure as you turn in. Trail the brake into the corner and roll back onto the power. The car will stick  well as you reach the bottom of the hill and start tracking out. Stay towards the right of the center and begin going uphill to turn 2. 

Turn 2

The approach of the right hand turn 2 is uphill and you will need to stay towards the right placing your left side tires on the seam in the pavement. On entry, brake and down shift to 3rd gear, trail off the brake into the corner and transition over to the throttle, but do not accelerate. Just maintain a balance and be patient waiting for the apex curb to appear. Once at the curb, you can accelerate. 

Turn 3

Squeeze the power to full throttle. The track-out point is slightly off camber so anticipate that, maintain your steering angle and accelerate up the hill. 

Turn 4

As you go up hill begin to slightly open the steering a few degrees in order to crest the hill in a somewhat straighter line. You will feel the car get very light at the apex of turn 4, let it settle, track out straddling the seam on the left, then upshift to 4th gear. 

Turn 5

You’ll begin to come across the track from the left to the right and enter the braking zone for turn 5, Charlotte’s Web. You will begin to brake on level ground, but it will quickly drop and gravity will come into play. Downshift to 3rd gear. The turn-in is late. Trail the brake into the turn and then begin to squeeze back on the power at the apex while opening steering up simultaneously. 

Turn 6

Turn 6 has a slight left hand kink in the road and then flattens out. Once past the kink, upshift to 4th gear. On the straight gradually move to the left and get ready for the braking zone for turn 7. 

Turns 7, 8, and 9

Begin braking, turn in and trail the brake all the way down into the Corkscrew of turns 7, 8, and 9. Increase brake pressure as you go downhill into turn 9, down shift to 3rd gear, look to the right and through the turn, feel the compression as you reach the bottom at the apex and then accelerate. The radius will open up as speed increases. Slowly release steering input to reach the track out point. 

Turn 10, 11

Maintain some steering input and you will slowly come across the track from the left to the right. The esses are fast and technical. A slight amount of braking is required prior to the entry. After turning in, squeeze on the power to stabilize the car past the apex of turn 10, then turn right and begin to accelerate once the car is pointed in the right direction. Track all the way out to the left, upshift to 4th gear and then start back to the right. 

Turn 12

For the next series of turns, 12, 13 and 14, the Alabama Rollercoaster, you begin braking on level ground as you turn-in for 12.  Trail the brake through the corner and  down shift to 3rd. You should be in the middle of the road before entering 13. 

Turn 13

Now transition off the brake, turn right and as you feel the compression from the hill, squeeze on the power and gradually release steering in order to crest the hill as straight as possible. 

Turn 14

Down the hill to turn 14, lift off the power transitioning weight to the front of the car,  turn right, drive over the flat apex curbing, and then hold steady speed and steering up the  long right hand turn into 15. 

Turn 15

Braking for turn 15, again to the right, will begin while you are still turning, so make a smooth transition off the throttle to the brake. The car should be placed about a car width from the edge of the left side of the road at the turn-in point. The turn-in is late on this compromise corner. Look into the corner and trail the brake in. Squeeze on the power but do not track out over the seam in order to be positioned properly for turn 16. 

Turn 16

A very important left hand turn that leads onto the front straight. If you gave-up turn 15 correctly you will be on the right side, now lift off the gas at the turn-in point to transfer the weight to the nose of the car and turn left. The road will fall off so you will have to apply the power carefully, don’t jump on the power too early. Most likely you will not get to full throttle until you reach the apex. Carry as much speed off the turn as possible and anticipate the track going off-camber at the exit. Now stay to the right, up shift to 4th gear and cross the start/finish line. 


Announcing Sim Formula Europe 2021

With 2021 closer than we dare believe, a returning favourite is set to take centre stage in the world of competitive rFactor 2 esport competition this January  – announcing Sim Formula Europe 2021 / The InterClassics Virtual Dutch GP!

Moving from an on-site final to a virtual race from home competition for the new year, Sim Formula Europe 2021 is set to be bigger, better and more competitive than ever before – with an incredible prize pool of 10,000 EU cash and some exceptional sim racing hardware on offer to our best placed drivers, the total prize pool for this season is an amazing 13,500 EU! 

Developed to provide compact and intense racing, Sim Formula Europe 2021 and rFactor 2 will partner up once again to bring you this amazing competition, with the Champions Day races taking place in conjunction with InterClassics Maastricht, wrapped up with the theme of Dutch Grand Prix Classics at the sensational Zandvoort Grand Prix Circuit.

Sim Formula Europe | ICYMI – Finals Day 2020: Click HERE.

Before we let you know how to get involved in the competition yourself, we spoke to Sim Formula Europe 2020 winner Risto Kappet about his experiences at the MECC Maastricht Arena last January, and what it means to race in competitions at this level.


Hotlap Qualification and Races

Sim Formula Europe will be running a hotlap competition beginning on 09:00 CET Thursday 3rd December until 23:59 CET Sunday 13th December. Drivers will need to set a lap within the top 60 times using the 1993 McLaren MP4/8 at the modern Zandvoort Grand Prix Circuit in order to qualify for the Sim Formula Europe qualification races, with the Quarter-Finals set to be held on Wednesday 16th December, and the qualification finals on December 19th. The qualification races will consist of three standalone 20-minute events in the Tatuus FT-60 at the challenging Virginia International Raceway Circuit, (Reiza Pack DLC) with the top 10 drivers from each split progressing to the series Quarter-Final race, to be held on Saturday 19th December at the Botniaring track.  The top nine race finishes within the quarter-finals race will qualify for promotion to the Finals Day main event on January 17th, alongside reigning Sim Formula Europe champion, Risto Kappet.

Drivers over the age of 18 years old are eligible to participate in the competition, and registered drivers should be willing to broadcast their webcam image during the live event on January 17th.

Hotlap Qualifications | Registration Open: CLICK HERE

The Finals Day

Nine qualified drivers and reigning champion Risto Kappet will take part in a live broadcasted ‘Finals Day’ event on January 17th, 2021. The drivers will be pitched against each other across separate races, with points awarded for finishing positions determining the overall series champion. Stay tuned to the Sim Formula Europe and rFactor 2 social channels for exact format details closer to the big event.

The Finals Day event will be broadcast live on the Studio 397 YouTube and social channels, with studio presentation taking place on site at the historic InterClassics Dutch GP setting at MECC Maastricht.

The Prizes

1st Place | 4,000 EU and SimTag hydraulic 2 pedal system (Racer edition)

2nd Place | 2,000 EU and Sim-Lab P1-X sim racing cockpit Black and Speed1 Seat

3rd Place | 1,500 EU and Heusinkveld sim pedals Sprint (3 pedal set)

4th Place | 750 EU

5th Place | 500 EU

6th Place | 250 EU

7th Place | 250 EU

8th Place | 250 EU

9th Place | 250 EU

10th Place | 250 EU

Total Prize Pool Value | 13,500 EU

As an additional bonus, of those drivers who qualify for the series via our Sim Formula Europe 2021 hotlap competition, one lucky winner will be selected at random on December 19th to win a Cooler Master package of hardware, including a gaming headset, keyboard, mouse and mousepad.

Things are set to look a little different this year due to the current world health pandemic, however we are delighted to continue our wonderful partnership with the InterClassics event at the MECC Arena in Maastricht, and to grow and expand our series to reward drivers with even bigger prizes, better competition and another chance to be crowned Sim Formula Europe champion!