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Bob Felice - Training Plan No. 5

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Goal

Practice left foot braking

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Conclusion

Great improvements with left foot braking. This will take time and consistency will come later. The laps times are looking good

Assigned Task

Continue with your left foot braking and concentrate on a smooth corner turn-in. The only aggressive steering wheel flick can now be avoided.

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1st key mistake: 

Not using enough space on entry

Why it matters

Using the whole wide of the track allows you to produce a smoother corner turn-in.

How much of a problem it is for you

Over a quarter of all mistakes are reflected in not using the full width of the track on corner entry.

See an example in your own sessions

A perfect example can be seen through Rainey curve, examine the raceline of the reference lap which affords the driver a smoother, gentler curve thus allowing for faster acceleration.

Learn to improve

The majority of Laguna Seca corners have forgiving kerbs.  Practice using them, getting the feel of them, how they react with the steering wheel.  Also, test how aggressive you can be braking on them.  Every 5-10cm of track width helps!

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2nd key mistake:

Not using enough space on the exit

Why it matters

Getting on the speed earlier requires as much width to maximise the lineal acceleration compared with the struggle of lateral pressures of the corner.

How much of a problem it is for you

Better use of the corner exit. However there is still room for improvement as over 10% of mistakes can be found when exiting the corner.

See an example in your own sessions

Not all the kerb needs to be used in Segment 8 but even staying a little further to the left will allow you to be straighter and therefore give the chance to put your foot down sooner.

Learn to improve

Very similar to the previous mistake.  Practice using the full width of the track and don't be afraid to use the kerb as well.  If a kerb is unforgiving you'll very quickly learn not to do the same thing again!

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3rd key mistake: 

Unnecessary braking

Why it matters

Even a small amount of unnecessary braking will destroy your lap times.

How much of a problem it is for you

Although these mistakes happen no so often. There are still present, at around 10% and therefore important mistakes to avoid.

See an example in your own sessions

The reference lap is able to achieve no braking at all in Segment 3. With the reference lap  was only 6kph faster into the segment but on exit was over 10kph faster.  Eventhough it sounds small this difference (due to the braking) cost approximately 1 second.

Learn to improve

If you find that you often rest your left foot on the brake, double check that it is never engaging the brakes.  Also, in this case blips can be attributed to not having the confidence to use the whole wide of the track thus feeling that the brake needs to be used.



Your predicted potential lap time improvement

0.4 - 0.8secs

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