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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 05-22-2013, 09:16 AM Thread Starter
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Novice Looking for Input

It's been two weekends now and I'm finally starting to push my car to the edge. Who knew it would take 8 runs to find it?

Here is the video from my last lap at "Bring the Competition: Co-Drivers Are Cool" where I spun out:

Anyhow, I'm as green as they come and welcome any and all input. I'll be attending the SpeedTrain School that's coming up, so that should help a lot.


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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 05-22-2013, 11:50 AM
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Yep. No offense, but you are a greenhorn! Read this

and keep on keeping on.

Proper hand and body position is a great place to start. Understanding apexes and how to set up for them and what type of apex to hit is the next thing to think about. And of course, there's the look ahead thing.
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Slower hands(slower input) and never let your steering go.
Massage your car into turns and look 2-3+ corners ahead.
Bury your feet as you unwind, and brake mostly in the straights and release brake as you tighten the steering. Imagine there's a string tied to your brake/throttle and the steering wheel.
and seat time seat time seat time.

Different sport, and maybe irrelevant, but fun to watch nevertheless..
Take a look at 6:45 mark.

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8 runs to find it? I'm at 1 year and still finding it at a 16th of a second at a time. Drive learn, drive learn more, drive learn even more. Repeat process.

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Tebok, it's good to see another Elise out and about in its natural habitat
There is a thread dedicated to track videos. It is a good resource for gaining knowledge about what it takes to become a better driver.

There are some very good drivers that have posted their videos and have added comments. You can always post your video, then shoot out some PM's looking for input. Though most of the videos are from road courses, the fundamentals apply as stated above with steering/throttle inputs.

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I didn't think it was that bad for a total novice. Don't let these guys get you down, its a good start. Yes, you need to work on everything. But pick a novice school first (either EVO or your local SCCA novice school) and learn the very basics first. It may even feel like you are slower, but you can improve and will have the common building blocks as a foundation you can grow on into the future. Keep it up and keep smiling.

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Come find me at the next event. Ill ride with you

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Not bad at all for a rookie, welcome to throttle lift over steer. The sooner you can embrace it the faster you will be. With a little lift you can get the car moving you just need to make sure to get back on the gas to keep the rear planted. And if it starts to go all the way don't forget to get both feet down on the clutch and brake.

Any chances for finding another driver for SSP for the match tour? I can probably fill my other seat but we will still need one more driver/car to make a full class for Hoosiers.
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It would be nice to have a full class. There were a handful of vettes from our local Corvette club that came out to play for a few events.... but I think we scared them all away...

Otherwise, I think our best chance would be to convince Wayne to join us from SS since he is signed up to go as it is.

I was really hoping that either SSP SSM or STU had a class. Oh well, either way we get bourbon slushies!
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Looked pretty good to me, good hand shuffling for the most part. You need to spin to find and get used to the limits of the car, just part of the fun. The star specs are good for street tire class. If there is anything I can help with, just let me know.

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Spin it or win it
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