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Michael Kaminski - Training Plan No. 2

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Goal

Get up to speed for league races in the future.

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Conclusion

Great effort in enforcing a consistency to your laps. Especially as your lap times were generally good as well. Moving into the assignment is where you feel your comfort zone tested.

Assigned Task

A lot of the mistakes focus around your braking skills. These need to be mastered, or at least always checked to see if easy gains can be had by comparing to the reference laps. That said, your next assignment is to get yourself comfortable using the kerbs. This skill will give you that extra width on track to push for faster laps times. Start this weeks training (on your track of choice) and see how the kerbs affect the handling of the car. Push / spin / crash out by at least study how to increase the width of the track by using the kerbs. One extra tip, if you are really struggling with consistency on the kerbs, try raising your car height a little so that you are smacking into the kerb and throwing the car around too much.

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1st key mistake: 

Unnecessary braking

Why it matters

Self explanatory, when you are performing unnecessary braking
you'll struggling to achieve your potential lap times.

How much of a problem it is for you

13% of your errors are due to unnecessary braking.

See an example in your own sessions

Segment 2, highlights that a couple of times you 'blip' on the brakes just a tad too much.  Not costing you a great deal of time but it is very important that this doesn't become a habit.  It is the mid section of the chicane where you feel the need to apply 20% braking pressure.

Learn to improve

It looks like a little practice or recap of chicane skills would be useful.  Not because you are particularly slow in the chicane, more importantly looking through the various laps, more consistency is needed.


Here is a tutorial for chicane technique that can be useful to understand.

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2nd key mistake:

Braking too early

Why it matters

This mistake was highlighted in your first training plan. We are talking fine margins but always look to brake a little later, without compromising the cars balance and exit speed.

How much of a problem it is for you

7% of your mistakes are about braking too early.

See an example in your own sessions

Segment 6 is a good example of braking too early.

Learn to improve

It would be a better strategy to brake later but quickly to 100% on this segment than to brake earlier and only to 80%.  There are potential tenths to be saved with this approach.

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3rd key mistake: 

Too much braking

Why it matters

Braking too much is lost tenths on track. The balance between slowing enough for a corner and retaining optimal grip requires practice and experience, often a corner can be taken faster than expected.

How much of a problem it is for you

8% of your mistakes are directly linked to too muck braking.

See an example in your own sessions

If you review segment 8, you'll see that you are braking a little earlier and also finish your braking phase a little later than the reference lap.

Learn to improve

When you have a segment that has a long straight after it.  It is important to do everything you can to maintain your speed throughout the corner.  Even the slightest of dabs on the brakes will ruin the current segment as well as the straight segment afterwards.    Check back often to see if there is even the slightest difference between the reference lap corner speed and that of your own.    In this segment the reference lap was already starting his acceleration as you were finishing your trail brake.



Your predicted potential lap time improvement

0.4s - 0.9s

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