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Tim van Ryzewik - Training Plan No. 5

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Goal

Training for Sebring

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Conclusion

Great to see nearly 30 laps of practice. A lot of these laps are invalid though. Take care to stay on track, study your braking points and only then start increasing your speed. One quick lap won't win races. Consistency will get you up the positions.

Assigned Task

If setup is allowed, then maximum wing will help as there are many long turns. Also raise the car a little as it is a very bumpy track. Depending on how many tires out are allowed, use the flat kerbs a lot!! Even though you achieve good mid corner speed, it isn't the quickest approach as you are jeopardising your exit. As a rough guide, look to late apex on the majority of corners, not early apex. Finally get on that brake quickly and aggressively, there is 0.2s to find in this skill alone.

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1st key mistake: 

Too late to full throttle

Why it matters

Full throttle is where the speed is. As long as you have control, the general aim is to get to full throttle as quickly as possible.

How much of a problem it is for you

With 14% of your mistakes arising from 'late to full throttle', it is now important to study this area.

See an example in your own sessions

Look at segment 5.  The end of your throttle phrase, especially when entering a long straight really needs to quicker.

Learn to improve

Take a moment to watch one of our videos that emphasises the need to get to full throttle quickly.  Think smooth but fast, on / off the throttle will nearly always be slower than quick and smooth.

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2nd key mistake:

Pressing the brake pedal to slow

Why it matters

So long as you can control any potential lock up, it is better to get on the brake quickly and aggressively. Smoothness and finesse can be saved for the trail braking phase and applying the throttle.

How much of a problem it is for you

11% of your errors are linked to slow speed of braking.

See an example in your own sessions

Examine your graph on segment 7, is actually the opposite of a clean, trail braked braking scenario.  The line should be aggressive braking to 100% (not easing in at the end) then trail braking to the apex.  The descent of the braking graph is where you should see the easing.

Learn to improve

This video from iRacing explains very well the techniques that can be applied to braking.

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3rd key mistake: 

Too early apex

Why it matters

If you hit the apex too early, due to either turning in too early or too aggressively, you'll force a steeper exit curve. This will kill your time.

How much of a problem it is for you

Also roughly 11% of your errors are a result of taking the apex too early.

See an example in your own sessions

Examine your graph on segment 10, even though there isn't a base map for Sebring it is clear to tell that the early turn forces this steeper exit as mentioned.

Learn to improve

If there is no consistency in hitting your apexes then you'll always be adjusting your corner strategy.  Great in race conditions, but for hotlapping and qualifying, nailing it each time is important.



Your predicted potential lap time improvement

0.9s - 1.5s

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