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Dean Desloges - Training Plan No. 5

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Goal

Explore all aspects of driving, theory through to race.

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Conclusion

Great to see your lap times dropping quickly at the beginning of your week's training. Understanding Laguna Seca and seeing where you are braking are key to faster laps.

Assigned Task

Your feedback mentioned that you need to do more laps than just 3-5 laps to get a good feeling of a track. This is a fair point but we have to nail in the fundamentals first. Read the comments from the mistakes and take on this combination again. We'll work a pyramid this time. First session 3 laps, review and remember your braking points, second session 5 laps, review your braking points. Third session 8 laps and get on the brakes quicker and power out of those corners. After that, repeat that cycle as many times as you like.

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1st key mistake: 

Braking too early

Why it matters

Absolutely the most important mistake to concentrate on. Braking a little late or early isn't disastrous but that combined with another braking error really affects your lap times.

How much of a problem it is for you

Over 30% of your mistakes are linked to braking with approximately 13% concerning braking too early.

See an example in your own sessions

If you look at segment 4 you'll see that your braking point is much earlier than the reference lap.  This coupled with the fact that you are a little gently on hitting the brake, results in nearly a second lost on this one corner

Learn to improve

As mentioned before, you need to ensure that you aren't braking too early as that important speed that you've gained on the straights is lost too quickly. Confidence with late braking and hitting a good racing line will allow you to adjust your braking accordingly.

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2nd key mistake:

Not using enough space on the entry

Why it matters

Second time for this mistake. Controlling your corner strategy and how successful it is, is crucial to segment time.

How much of a problem it is for you

12% of your mistakes are linked to your racing line on corner entry

See an example in your own sessions

Your racing line on segment 7, especially as it is essentially a quick double corner, requires plenty of consideration.  As soon as you 'tightened' the first part of the corner by being in the middle of the track.  The car has to fight harder to make the turn , which also affects the second part of the turn and the car is becoming more unbalanced.  An unbalanced car can't get the grip needed to drop the lap times.

Learn to improve

Sometimes it doesn't feel necessary to use the whole width of the track.  Nine times out of ten this just isn't true and the width of the track is your friend.  It needs to be used because other drivers will be using it and using it to their advantage.  You make your life harder by struggling to control the car.

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3rd key mistake: 

On the brake for too long

Why it matters

When you start braking earlier and finishing braking later, there is a mistake to be looked at. Even though you didn't brake as hard, it still costed you time.

How much of a problem it is for you

Around 10% of your mistakes focused on braking for too long.

See an example in your own sessions

The classic corkscrew is a true test of guts and aggression.  You lose 1.5 seconds on this segment due to two major faults, braking too early and getting on the throttle too slowly.

Learn to improve

Check out the reference lap compared to your own graph and you'll notice something interesting.  Even though you don't brake as heavy as the reference lap which one might think could save you time.  It actually is still a problem, in this case you are still braking whilst the reference lap is already accelerating out of the corner.



Your predicted potential lap time improvement

0.7s - 1.3s

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