The only time I move my right hand off the wheel is for shifting. Otherwise it stays right on the wheel in the 3 position. I've yet to find a track where it is not possible to keep both hands on the wheel in 9 and 3 positions. Both Hallett and MSR Cresson have turns where my arms ALMOST cross, but they never get to the point where I knocking my arms against each other. (See video.) On the street if I have to move my hands from that position to take a turn (that is sharper than any track turn) I would leave my left hand at 9 and possibly move my right hand above my left hand temporarily. Obviously there does exist a theoretical point where this becomes too difficult to do (when you left hand is so far around the wheel that it begins to get upside down), but in practice that happens so little and your car would be traveling at such a slow speed that it really isn't worth talking about.
Remember, the main thing we are concerned about is developing a brain pattern for when the car is moving, especially when it is moving quickly and things have started to get out of control (or they already are out of control). If my left hand is ALWAYS at 9 in these situations, then I ALWAYS know how much I have to turn the wheel to get things back under control. If I shuffle steer with both hands (and I do realize that there are certain cars with wheels so big that you basically don't have any choice in this) then I can pretty easily get my hands in a position where I'm not sure how much the wheel will have to turn to get things straightened out.
This video is from quite a while back when I was still learning, but you can see (about 20 seconds in I hit turn 2) that I try to keep my hands in the 'right' position on the wheel even though I'm taking a very sharp turn on the track.
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Last edited by RichS; 08-25-2009 at 03:11 PM.