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Dean Desloges - Training Plan No. 1

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Goal

Explore all aspects of driving, theory through to race.

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Conclusion

Nicely done for your first session. Plenty of areas to work on. To understand then better through the wheel we are going to slow the car down.

Assigned Task

Drive 4 sessions of 5 laps each at Brands Hatch - GP in the Mazda MX5-Cup. Concentrate on your braking point and racing line. Review after each session.

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1st key mistake: 

Braking too early

Why it matters

It goes without saying that braking later reduces your lap time (assuming you make the corner). Even corners where the reference lap approaches the braking phase at a higher speed, you sometimes brake earlier. Focus on keeping your steering wheel straight to be able to brake as late as possible.

How much of a problem it is for you

With approximately 13% of all of your mistakes being this one, it is still a relatively common mistake and easily fixed with more practice and lap consistency.

See an example in your own sessions

A good example can be found in segment 4 at Brooklands.  You are braking much earlier, test the limits of the car by adjusting your braking point.  Remember though it is a balance between braking distance and speed retention.

Learn to improve

As you practice the laps and start to learn your braking points.  Compare regularly against the reference lap to see if you can afford to start braking a little later without sacrificing exit speeds.  Remember it is all about retaining your pace through the corner and understanding where compromises can be taken to get the speed on when you hit the fast sections.

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2nd key mistake:

Gear too high

Why it matters

If you are in too high a gear then the car simply doesn't use enough of its available power to achieve the quickest lap times.

How much of a problem it is for you

Over 15% of your errors are linked to being in too high a gear.

See an example in your own sessions

Segment 2 also a good example of being in too high a gear.  Plan your corner strategy to take into account. Braking point, optimal gear, speed retention and exit speed.

Learn to improve

Refer back to the reference lap to get tips on gear changes and also learn and watch for the upper limits of the revs with the HUD.  The track guides for Silverstone will help undestand how far you can push your car.

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3rd 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

A bit more than 10% of your mistakes are related to this .

See an example in your own sessions

Check out how you are positioned on and through Stowe in segment 6.  Your corner radius is steeper (ie. more lateral grip is needed) than the reference lap thus time is being lost.

Learn to improve

A general video on racing lines is useful but this time we'll focus on this video to give you more confidence in which curbs to tackle and which ones to avoid.  Remember the kerbs are often there to help you exploit the full width of the track.  Remember, entry-apex-exit strategy.



Your predicted potential lap time improvement

1.4s - 1.8s

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