Each time you get in the car, give it your maximum effort! If you are not giving it 100% effort you are neither learning or being honest with yourself.
This doesn’t always mean ‘drive the wheels off it’, though thats often the case, it might mean: get it to the end of the stint/race with not enough fuel/tyres/brakes, so drive conservatively but give it your max so you don’t lose time/places.
Always adapt to the requirements but also always give it your maximum effort and concentration.
The corner entry phase is one of the hardest skills to master when driving on track. The transition from braking to turning, how quickly and when you release the brake relative to the steering rotation, is what separates a good lap from a great lap.
Some cars are easier than others to master in this area, Porsche 911’s being notoriously tricky to hit the sweet-spot, but if you focus on improving this skill everytime you go on track you will quickly reap the rewards.
We are all striving for the perfect lap or the perfect race but mistakes happen.
Don’t dwell on a mistake, put it behind you and concentrate on the next corner. You can’t change whats already happened and you can’t make up the time loss all in the next bend. Focus on getting the next corner right, then the next. Live in the ‘now’ not the past.
Ideally you should always aim to do each input a maximum of once per corner:
If you have to do any of those things more than once you have made a mistake somewhere: turned too early; turned in too fast or; got on the gas too early.
Go back to basics and simplify the corner and the laptime will improve.
Today we have a short article from Autosport giving an overview of the benefit of a driver coach:
Benefit of a Track Coach
Only focus on the next corner. Don’t get caught up in how many laps in your stint or the mistake you made on the last corner.
Keep your focus on what you can do something about: the next corner. Once you’ve done that focus on the next corner, then the next one.
All of a sudden you will have improved your pace, finished your stint or corrected your mistake.
Any opportunity you get to jump in with another driver on track, take it. You can always learn something from it, even if its that your styles are so different what you are experiencing is not relevant to the way you drive, you’ve learned there is another way to do it.