Many racing drivers know going into a spin very well, it's easy to do - but how do you stop it? This video takes a short look at why you might spin, and how you can stop when you feel the back end stepping out.
As always, you can find the video's full script below in case you would like to read about certain details.
Tutorial | How Do You Stop a Spin? (full script)
If there's one thing every racing driver knows well, it's spinning. Especially as a novice, you might struggle with spinning into or out of corners. In this video we're going to go into why you spin and then show you how to stop a spin once you're going into one.
The two main places where you might spin are when braking into the corner or when accelerating out of it. Either way, you spin just because you exceed the boundaries of the friction circle. So first let's take a look at spinning under braking. When braking into the corner the weight of the car shifts to the front. This means that the grip at the rear is significantly reduced. As a result of this the driver doesn't have the grip to support the turning forces or the power from the rear wheels.
When the weight of the car is shifted so far to the front this means that the rear just loses grip and then spins around. On the other hand, you might spin on a corner's exit. It's merely a problem with rear-wheel drive cars because you're simply asking too much of the rear tyres by turning and accelerating aggressively.
Of course, the best way to stop a spin is to not spin in the first place but jokes aside we all oversteer occasionally, and you can still save yourself from spinning and ruin the lap completely. Let's look at what you can do to save the car depending on the reason behind the oversteer.
The first thing you need to be able to identify is which of the two reasons a car might spin. The first reason a car might be spinning is that the car has a light rear. As we said, braking deep into a corner can lighten the rear of the car, lowering its grip limits a whole lot.
So, the tip here is to come off the brakes a little bit to get some of that grip back into the rear. You might miss the apex, but it'll be way better than going into a full spin and losing even more time. A pro tip here is to actually apply even a little bit of throttle this is going to bring the work back to the rears allowing you more grip to turn around the corner rather than waiting patiently for the grip to return.
However, there's another reason you might spin. You might be oversteering because you're braking traction. In this case the best thing to do is to ease off the throttle to regain the loss traction. However, it's important to remember to come off the throttle gently rather than suddenly and completely as this is going to lower your speed drastically.
It'll rapidly throw the car's weight to the front and therefore cause you to oversteer more as the rears lose grip. No matter what causes you to oversteer in the first place you'll also need to counter-steer. This means that you steer in the opposite direction. Ideally the car's front tires should always point to where you actually want the car.
In any case, all of these solutions are going to lose your time but, in that situation, where a spin is going to happen unless you take action you just have to compromise and get the best out of the situation possible.
So to conclude this, spinning is simply caused by exceeding the available grip limits of the car it makes the rear want to overtake the front. To avoid a spin, you just have to identify why you're spinning. Are you braking too heavily and turning? Or are you getting on the power too early? In these cases, you can then identify whether you need to ease off the brakes or come off the throttle and make sure to counter-steer quickly in both cases to stay on the straight and narrow.