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Ritchie Timpe - Training Plan No. 2

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Goal

Understand the mechanics that help to get lap times down

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Conclusion

Your times came down very well over the relatively small number of laps completed. The talent is there just grinding out more laps at the same track is needed before any race.

Assigned Task

Smoothness of braking and accelerating needs to be controlled. Try on your next training sessions to focus on controlling any hesitation. Through braking a little earlier and trusting the width of the track.

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1st key mistake: 

Inconsistent throttle application

Why it matters

A consistent increased application of the throttle is critical to hitting those fastest corner deltas. Releasing or easing off the throttle are common traits until you master a corner.

How much of a problem it is for you

Over a quarter of your mistakes are related to this so it's worth paying a lot of attention to.

See an example in your own sessions

In segment 8, even though it might seem minor, this hesitation with the throttle is costing you a tenth.  Smooth and constant is the preferred motion.

Learn to improve

Throttle management is complex and takes a lot of practice, this video highlights many aspects of corner exit and encourages smooth throttle control as an absolute necessity.

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2nd key mistake:

Braking too late

Why it matters

Similar to last week but you are improving.

The desire to brake late is often strong. However, there is much more time to be gained on corner exit especially when it leads onto a long fast section.

How much of a problem it is for you

30% of your mistakes are braking errors. 10% of these are braking too late.

See an example in your own sessions

Look at segment 2, Your late braking, coupled with the need to stay on the brakes longer (top of the graph) loses you a tenth.  Sometimes you nail it but the tendency is to brake a little late and too long.

Learn to improve

Practice and consistency are your friends here.  As long as your approach speed is very similar to other laps then the braking point won't need to be adjusted.  Thus a consistent corner time can be achieved.  If however your previous corner was good or bad you'll need to adjust accordingly.  A hard skill to master.

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3rd key mistake: 

On the brake for too long

Why it matters

You often reduce your corner speed more than you have to by staying on the brakes for too long. If this is to affect the car's balance, please apply less pressure.

How much of a problem it is for you

A bit more than 10% of your mistakes are related to this.

See an example in your own sessions

You lose less than a tenth in segment 4 but look at what the focus zone highlights.  The late braking forces you to remain longer on the brakes (orange line to the right of the blue line, almost the whole time you are coming off the brakes.

Learn to improve

You are trail braking well but it will feel easier and help gain a little time if you brake just a little earlier.  That tiny dab on the brakes at the end was the biggest mistake on this corner.



Your predicted potential lap time improvement

0.2s - 0.5s

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