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Nimrod Shay - Training Plan No. 3

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Goal

Improve hotlapping times and explore race craft techniques.

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Conclusion

10 out of 10 for your consistency. Very nicely done, especially as it is over a good number of laps. If it slips once or twice, don't fret and try to get back in the groove and grind out a few more laps.

Assigned Task

Maintaining this consistency is tricky when we look to increase our speed by practising more trail braking. So... staying with the GT3 class, practise at Nurburgring (GP). After each session, check the analysis and keep a mental note of how often you do and don't trail brake a particular corner.

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1st key mistake: 

Not trail braking

Why it matters

This will probably appear as one of your three main mistakes over the coming weeks. An important skill to learn and hard to master and main consistency.

How much of a problem it is for you

Nearly 40% of all your mistakes are based on trail braking.

See an example in your own sessions

A perfect example can be seen through segment 2. This is repeated in the majority of your laps.

Learn to improve

This video is another take on how to use your brakes to actually drive faster.  Trail braking will only start to 'click' when you feel how the car is reacting to your braking.  Subtle pressure changes on the brake pedal will be felt as the car develops its rotation.

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2nd key mistake:

Slightly missing apex

Why it matters

Optimal times require optimal lines. Even slightly missing the apex can lose you a tenth of a second.

How much of a problem it is for you

With 17% of your mistakes coming from missing apexes. Concentrate on this relatively simple skill.

See an example in your own sessions

At Campsa your line is good but there is slight room for improvement.  Apologies for the reference lap, which wasn't the fastest.  Now improved!  It is subtle, but as mentioned before even a little gap to the apex can be costly.

Learn to improve

Full spatial awareness of the width of the car is very tricky with just a 2D device such as a monitor.  However with practice you'll subconsciously take on visual and haptic cues that will improve your lines.  For example, a slight brush with the outside of the tire on the kerb, or aligning your turn in point with a marker point and the pressure of the force feedback of the wheel.

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3rd key mistake: 

On / Off brakes inconsistently

Why it matters

Each corner requires a plan, to maximise the potential gains and
exit speed. Coming on and off the brakes, can be related to
indecision or very minor errors.

How much of a problem it is for you

10% of your errors are related to this mistake. Depending on the
corner this can greatly affect your lap times.

See an example in your own sessions

Segment 6 has the tell tail down up down of the brake pedal.  It is small but not insignificant.

Learn to improve

Before entering the corner, have the picture in your head of a goal of that corner.  If you often can't put that picture into reality, look at reducing your speed a little until you can achieve the necessary smoothness.



Your predicted potential lap time improvement

0.2s - 0.5s

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