Turn 1 is a fast corner. It fits wonderfully with the long straight and while it requires firm braking it is not something that is going to terrify you; as you are able to carry a lot of speed through here. You need to scrub off some of the speed without sacrificing too much. While Turn 2 is not far off lose too much speed and you will be playing catch up. There is a lot of runoff room but that can be deceiving as at well over 100 mph an off-track excursion will result in that distant tire wall quickly filling your field of vision.
Turn 2 requires more braking and downshifting as you take a bit sharper right turn and begin the climb up the ridge at the eastern end of the track and you exit the lower plateau and rise to the upper plateau. The driver is now back on the gas and on a rather steep uphill climb at the east end of the ridge and moving to the upper plateau. There is not a chance of seeing what is next so it is entirely up to memory to place the car in the correct spot. Obviously, newcomers to The Ridge often misjudge placement as they climb the ridge (sorry, but I really had to use Ridge and ridge in the same sentence!) and that throws off the next two and more likely three corners. Get 2 and 3 then 4 and 5 will be awesome.
Cresting the ridge puts you right in the middle of Turn 3. It is a simple corner complicated by the already mentioned visibility issue. You have to trust your memory and then pray that one of the many fault lines under the surface does not shift. There is no question that the topography of the area is tied closely to the physical structures underneath the ground’s surface. The amazing landscape that has produced this awesome track has that element of earthquake risk that every state and province on the North American west coast has. According to earthquaketrack.com the state of Washington has had 16 earthquakes in the 30 days preceding the writing of this article. Most so small that you would not even notice it. But … be prepared.