Dee's Newbie Tips, Part 2
Hey Noobs! This week's installment has to do with shaving off time off your laps. Like my previous post, I will re-iterate that time is not shaved off by sheer motor power or speed, but rather smoothness in your driving. Once your driving throttle and steering are smooth (you're not jerking the wheel), you can now focus on your line.
To find the right line on a track, a LOT of practice and track time are required. But the more track time (any track) you log, you beging to develop your line vision. Today, I posted a few consistent 10.9's and even a 10.6 on our current track layout by simply working on hitting the proper line on only one part of the track. Remember noobs, tracks have a lot of lines, so baby steps are the key. Pick the most challenging spot of the track (everyone has a different spot) and being to focus that day's practice only on that part.
So in the figure above, I've decided to tackle my weakest part of the track, the lower left chicane coming toward the finish line. The red line showed my previous line, in which my best time on this course was an 11.1. I decided to take it slower and hit the 1st right turn slow but punch it through from high to low (yellow line). This simple line change took .2 seconds off my lap time, and allowed me to finally break into the 10s! (10.9). This was not only a lucky draw, as I was able to reproduce this time several times.
This, noobs, is just another example of why speed is not everything. Find your line, and see those tenths shave off.
Until next time, with the next Newbie tip, practice a lot, practice practice practice!