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Jonathan Newman - Training Plan No. 1

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Goal

Generally improve

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Conclusion

As you already know trail braking is your achilles heel at the moment. Even before getting your new pedals, it might be worth adding a little piece of rubber behind the G29 brake pedal. This will set the ball in motion for your muscle memory. Anything to developer the sense of pressure (as long as you can keep the pedals or chair from moving until your rig is sorted!!)

Assigned Task

Drive 2 sessions of min 8 laps. Lap times are less important here. Concentrate on the feeling of trail braking the corners.

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1st key mistake: 

Not trail braking

Why it matters

Trail braking is all about using the brakes to your advantage beyond the main braking phase. Rather than just coming on and off the brakes, you trail off the brakes gently as you start to turn in.

This enables you to brake later but more importantly, it keeps more of the car's weight on the front wheels which gives them more grip.

How much of a problem it is for you

This mistake happens a lot; in fact approximately 50% of your mistakes can be attributed to braking mistakes.

See an example in your own sessions

A good example can be found in segment 1. You use the brake pedal like a switch, when ideally you would smoothly manipulate the pressure to produce a curve at the end of the braking phase.

Learn to improve

Luckily, we have our very own guide just around this topic. Check it out here.

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2nd key mistake:

Too much braking

Why it matters

An easy mistake to compare against the reference lap in the braking section. With practice you'll be able to adjust the amount of braking you've applied.

How much of a problem it is for you

With 17% of all of your mistakes being this one, there is will work to be done here.

See an example in your own sessions

Segment 1 shows a big difference between the reference lap and your braking.  Pressure is good but you are on the brakes too long and too hard.

Learn to improve

On the braking tab, study the graph to see where you've failed to achieve a similar curve to the reference lap.  Small alterations will help you formulate a better corner stategy.  Balance corner entry, apex and exit speeds to achieve optimal results.

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3rd key mistake: 

Turning in too early

Why it matters

he mistake of turning in too early is directly linked to not trail braking. When this skill is mastered then the available racing line will change significantly.

How much of a problem it is for you

Over 19% of your errors are linked to turning in too early. More importantly, as mentioned, the racing line is affected by not trail braking.

See an example in your own sessions

Check out how you lose a tenth in one corner in segment 7

Learn to improve

For your Trail braking practice, try to mimic the braking curve in the chart of the reference lap by slowly easing off the brake during the corner.  The characteristic plateau shape means the motion was more on/off instead of trailing.



Your predicted potential lap time improvement

0.2s - 0.4s

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