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Bob Felice - Training Plan No. 4

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Goal

Generally improve

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Conclusion

A great final week in the GT, consistency over the sessions remains high as you drive below your median lap best time. The same errors are occurring as per the previous week. Moving to the MX5 Cup will slow things down a little to concentrate on improvement.

Assigned Task

Drive the Mazda MX5-Cup and practice at Laguna Seca. Each session should be a minimum of 5 laps.

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1st key mistake: 

Not trail braking consistently

Why it matters

Trail braking is a technique used in racing, where the driver brakes as late as possible into a turn, to get the car to rotate around the turn more quickly. This is done by maintaining some pressure on the brake pedal even after the car has started to turn, which causes the car to slow down more gradually. This allows the driver to keep more speed through the turn, and also helps the car to stay more stable.

How much of a problem it is for you

This mistake requires constant attention until your muscle memory does this naturally. Over 20% of your mistakes were related to trail braking.

See an example in your own sessions

An example can be found in segment 2. Even though the reference lap isn't perfect, there is a distinct difference between on/off and fading the brakes out.

Learn to improve

Even though it'll feel unnatural, attempt to create this fading off of the brakes on the corner entry.  Depending on your sim rig setup, you might find you can just gently lift your foot's ball and toe area.  Otherwise you might find that, to practice, a more exaggerated rising of the foot is necessary.  Persist with this until you start to develop a muscle memory for the trail braking technique.

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2nd key mistake:

Too much steering angle

Why it matters

The steering angle is still too excessive and will be affecting tire contact, thus speed.

How much of a problem it is for you

Approximately 15% of your driving mistakes this week have an excessive 180° steering turn. However, this is a rapid motion and might be related to game setup.

See an example in your own sessions

On the exit of the turn, in Segment 3, there is the 180° inversion, very brief but it is there.

Learn to improve

There is a chance that stability control might be turned on, definitely worth checking in Content Manager.  The '3 dots' next to Tyre blankets when clicked show the assists that are being used.  If all is fine in setup, then look to avoid these sudden exaggerated turns.

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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 slight drop in this mistake, currently at 13% of your mistakes. This can be a big factor in losing time on your laps.

See an example in your own sessions

Check out this delay between brake and throttle in Segment 9.  Flip between the brake and throttle windows to see the difference between the reference lap and your orange line.

Learn to improve

We talked last week about right foot braking, therefore assuming you already were, or, are now using left foot braking, please be conscious of this gap phase and try to minimise it.

Your predicted potential lap time improvement

0.4 - 0.9sec

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