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Matthew Kay - Training Plan No. 1

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Goal

Develop consistency and hone racing skills

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Conclusion

A good initial analysis. Quite a few techniques to work on but lots of good skill as well. Really get to learn the race tracks, multiple laps and regular checking of the analysis will only help speed up your learning.

Assigned Task

Basic footwork is the area that needs to be addressed first. When doing your next practice sessions don't underestimate how much time can be taken off your lap times by following the phrase below.

"First hard and aggressive on the brakes then smoothly and quickly on your throttle for the exit."

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1st key mistake: 

On the brakes 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 way less pressure.

How much of a problem it is for you

With approximately 22% of all of your mistakes being this one, and over 37% of all your mistakes are braking related. Your initial training will concentrate on your braking technique.

See an example in your own sessions

An example can be found in segment 3. You'll see that you remain on the brakes significantly longer than the reference lap.

Learn to improve

Trail braking is good but make sure to not let it reduce your speed too much by doing it right.

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2nd key mistake:

Too late to full throttle

Why it matters

Full throttle is where the speed is. As long as you have control, the general aim is to get to full throttle as quickly as possible.

How much of a problem it is for you

With 20% of your mistakes arising from 'late to full throttle'.

See an example in your own sessions

Segment 1 is a good example of how you apply your throttle.  The timing is good (just after the apex) it is possible to be more aggressive with the pedal and push the car harder.

Learn to improve

Take a moment to watch one of our videos that emphasises the need to get to full throttle quickly.  Think smooth but fast, on / off the throttle will nearly always be slower than quick and smooth.

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3rd key mistake: 

Pressing the brake pedal to slow

Why it matters

So long as you can control any potential lock up, it is better to get on the brake quickly and aggressively. Smoothness and finesse can be saved for the trail braking phase and applying the throttle.

How much of a problem it is for you

11% of your errors are linked to slow speed of braking.

See an example in your own sessions

Examine your graph on segment 11, the angle of the graph is significantly less steep than the reference lap.

Learn to improve

This video from iRacing explains very well the techniques that can be applied to braking.



Your predicted potential lap time improvement

0.5s - 0.9s

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