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Jonathan Newman - Training Plan No. 5

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Goal

Generally improve - focus on Zandvoort

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Conclusion

Good to see that the braking points are improving and you are getting to 100% braking more often. Your throttle application needs to improvement next.

Assigned Task

There are no shortcuts here. To develop quicker throttle application you need to practice, quickly getting to 100% throttle. Don't worry about spinning. If you do restart and try the fast acceleration 2 metres later. Repeat this process and don't worry about spinning the car many times. It'll be the quickest way to improve your lap times. If you want to change your setup a little then this is fine. A suggestion would be +1 on the front wing and -1 on the rear wing to try to lessen an understeer that you might be experiencing. This will in turn help to increase your mid corner speed.

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1st key mistake: 

Not enough throttle

Why it matters

Similar to your last training plan. It is crucial to get to 100% throttle if the segment allows for it.

How much of a problem it is for you

With 22% of your errors coming from your throttle control, there is plenty of room from improvement.

See an example in your own sessions

An example in segment 3, getting to full throttle will quicker can shave 3-4 tenths off your time.

Learn to improve

A steady, quick and smooth pressure is needed as you accelerate out of the corner.  Getting to 100% gas quickly is the key to reducing your lap times. 

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2nd key mistake:

Braking too early

Why it matters

This is about absolutely nailing your braking points.

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

15% of your errors are involved with braking too early

See an example in your own sessions

Examine segment 5, braking  is possible a lot later and also with potentially with less pressure.

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.

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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

12% of your mistakes are due to too much braking.

See an example in your own sessions

Segment 1 shows a difference between the reference lap and your braking.  You stay on 100% braking about double as long as the reference lap.

Learn to improve

Focus on this one segment and try to resist the urge to brake for too long.  Luckily it is at the beginning of the track, therefore a quick reset and you can attempt again.



Your predicted potential lap time improvement

0.4s - 0.8s

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