McLaren 720 S EVO GT3 Brands Hatch HYMO Hot Lap Analysis
Let’s take a look at this hot lap of Brands Hatch in the McLaren 720S EVO GT3 driven by HYMO.
From the blind, sweeping Paddock Hill Bend, to the tight Stirlings left-hander, Brands Hatch requires a very specific setup to This sweeping, technical track can prove challenging to set up your car for. Fortunately, HYMO have you covered and you can get the very same setup used in this hot lap video HERE.
Brands Hatch is a staple of British motorsport. Having hosted the Formula One British Grand Prix 12 times between 1964 and 1986, the circuit no longer holds the applicable grade to host the pinnacle of motorsport and instead is raced on by a plethora of club-level and professional series. Between junior formula series, GT championships and the British Touring Cars, the races here are always exciting, demanding good car control, track knowledge and bravery from the drivers.
When analysing this HYMO lap against a community lap in the Track Titan platform, we can see that at the infamous Paddock Hill Bend, the community driver loses 0.246s compared to the HYMO driver who holds the Track Titan Official Lap time. In looking at the data, the majority of the time loss can be put down to a common mistake with Paddock Hill Bend; the approach.
From the data, we can see the community driver (in orange) brakes too early; most likely due to being on too shallow a line. When they are at full brake pressure, the HYMO driver hasn’t even begun braking. In doing so, the community driver reaches minimum speed too quickly, and rushes to get on the throttle again.
From the throttle graph, we can see they had to briefly pause mid-corner in order to make it without going into the gravel trap.
Overall, the community driver loses a heap of time on the approach and another bit on the drive out of the corner too.
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Hot Laps Top Tips
If you intend to do some hot laps, you must first establish a baseline of your pace. Get into a groove where you can keep a comfortable, but still competitive pace. You should know your braking points, turning points and racing line. The baseline is there so when you make a mistake, you can then drop back to your baseline to regroup, and begin pushing again.
Additionally, if you manage an unexpectedly large time-gain somewhere, the baseline allows you to get around parts of the track safely if you just want to keep it out of the barriers for the remainder of the lap.
Finally, hot lapping is an entirely mental activity. Your brain must be solely focused on the next corner, where you want to turn and where you should be accelerating. At some point, you will make more frequent mistakes, get frustrated and go even slower because you are overdriving. If this does happen, it’s probably worth packing it in for the time being. One of the most important parts of hot lapping is knowing when to stop; there’s only so much mental concentration you can do before your brain has had enough.
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