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Nimrod Shay - Training Plan No. 8

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Goal

Improve hotlapping times and explore race craft techniques.

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Conclusion

Great improvements throughout the last couple of training sessions.

Occasionally, you reapply the brakes which is not optimal as it can force the car to understeer.

Time to move away from Zandvoort and the Mercedes.

Assigned Task

As a light break from the GT3. Drive any car of your choice at any Kunos track. Let's see if the skills you have been improving on carry over to other car classes.

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1st key mistake: 

Braking too early

Why it matters

This is your third time with braking too early. One to keep an eye on especially if you have been practicing a track for a long time.

How much of a problem it is for you

Approximately 45% of your braking errors are linked to braking too early.

See an example in your own sessions

If you examine segment 5, you'll see that your braking was a little too early and you help 100% braking perhaps a little long as well.  Your fantastic throttle though helped you through this segment.

Learn to improve

Lap 4 was a better entry and braking point.  Practice using your peripheral vision and spatial awareness to gauge the exact braking point that you'd like to hit.   If this is still failing, maybe look for a different object, marker for your braking point.

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2nd key mistake:

Releasing throttle too early

Why it matters

When you release or hover on the throttle at 30-40% instead try to maintain a smooth sustained increase in pressure. It is an indicator that you can take the segment faster.

How much of a problem it is for you

35% of your errors on the throttle were due to releasing too early.

See an example in your own sessions

When you examine segment 8 you'll see that you slow down your acceleration around 30-40% this is also true on segment 3.

Learn to improve

Be careful with this mistake as it is one of those habit forming mistakes that if you don't consciously try to avoid it will become hard and harder to sort out.  Try getting on the gas just a tiny bit later and pushing for a continual increase in pressure, up to 100% (corner permitting!).

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3rd key mistake: 

Too harsh braking

Why it matters

Similar to too much braking and both affect the weight balance on the car. By stomping the pedal, the weight is shifted forward and control is trickier. When you are able to on certain corners apply less brake will maintain your speed better.

How much of a problem it is for you

A bit more than 8% of your mistakes are related to this.

See an example in your own sessions

Again on segment 8, again your braking was at 100% compared to 70% for the reference lap.

Learn to improve

If you are driving with potentiometer pedals, it will be harder to gain consistency, as you'll feel limited resistance on the brake pedal.  You'll have to gauge how far you've applied the pedal instead of relying on feedback from a hydraulic or load-cell pedal.  It is possible but you'll need to be more conscious of this motion.



Your predicted potential lap time improvement

0.4s - 0.6s

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