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Bob Felice - Training Plan No. 3

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Goal

Generally improve

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Conclusion

Great improvements in lap times. A couple of technical anomalies that we should sort out. Then concentrate on consistency of trail braking and steering angle.

Assigned Task

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1st key mistake: 

Technical setup

Why it matters

Calibration of your wheel and pedal set is crucial to be able to perform at the best of your ability. Any errors here before getting on track will hinder your lap times.

How much of a problem it is for you

This mistake is irregular therefore we need to prove it isn't going to affect you throughout your driving progress.

See an example in your own sessions

An example can be found in segment 2. You'll see the throttle inconsistently dips off 100% in your focus zone.

Learn to improve

Here is a video guide that we've found on YouTube that looks at calibration. Also as a quick test you could change your throttle's 'To:' setting to 95% in Content Manager and check if those dips vanish.

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2nd key mistake:

Trail braking & Steering angle

Why it matters

As previously described, both these skills are important to retain good tire contact with the track and thus avoid slippage.

How much of a problem it is for you

There has been a definite improvement as each of these skills now only account for between 11-14% of your mistakes. To reiterate, 'As a rule of thumb, you only need 180 degrees of steering lock in tight hairpins and usually much less then that around a track.'

See an example in your own sessions

For instance, a Trail braking example can be seen in Segment 2 and the Steering angle can be viewed in Segment 4.

Learn to improve

For your Trail braking practice, try to mimic the braking curve in the chart of the reference lap by slowly easing off the brake during the corner.  The characteristic 'v' shape means the motion was more on/off instead of trailing.

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3rd key mistake: 

Gap between throttle/brake input

Why it matters

Time during a corner when neither applying throttle nor brake is often referred to as 'coasting'. This leads to lost time on track.

How much of a problem it is for you

A little more than 14% of your mistakes are related to this so it's worth paying attention to.

See an example in your own sessions

Check out this delay between brake and throttle in segment 6.

Learn to improve

The major reason this gap can exist is due to right foot braking, a video showing the benefits of left foot braking can be seen here.  If you are already left foot braking, please be conscious of this gap phase or coasting and try to minimise it.

Your predicted potential lap time improvement

0.5 - 1sec

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