Sit with your eyes closed and visualise a lap around a circuit. Do it in real time and visualise every gear shift, turn in, apex and exit. As you start the lap in your head set a stopwatch running and stop it when you finish the lap. Compare the time you took to your real laptime around the circuit.
Being faster, slower or the same time will tell you alot about how your brain is processing the information it receives on a lap. Contact us to book a coaching session to help fine tune your mental discipline.
Racing is a mental game, so much of your performance and potential relies on the right mind set. Its easy to psych yourself out by focussing on the wrong things.
Its important, before your race or qualifying, to not get too wound up. Find something to ground you, to keep you a bit more relaxed. That might be telling jokes with your crew or listening to a particular piece of music, something which allows you to be focused but not over-anxious.
If you are racing on slicks, or some of the latest generation track day tyres, warming your tyres on the way to the grid is essential to give you grip and ‘bite’ on lap 1.
Avoid weaving too much, especially if you are starting with very low tyre pressures, as you can risk rolling the tyre off the rim. Instead heavy acceleration and braking works both the surface of the tyre and starts to build core temperature, and hence pressure, as well.
Whenever a client is struggling with setting a decent lap time or is making lots of small mistakes the first thing I look at is vision. Are they looking in the right place at the right time?
Fixing your vision fixes around 90% of problems on track.
Interesting video from Safe Is Fast with a few drivers explaining their way of getting into, and out of, a corner. You will hear the word ‘rotation’ alot as this is key: getting the car into the corner and using the pitch under braking to move the grip forwards to allow you to rotate the car so you can get cleanly on the power on the exit.
You will also notice some slight variations in emphasis each driver gives to different parts of the corner. This shows the individual style of the driver and where they are strongest so best able to maximise their corner.
Lap times will usually drop off when racing in the dark. This has a few scientific factors such as track and air temperature changes but the biggest drop is usually down to the driver going slower.
Remember, the track isn’t any different in the dark, the corners are still in the same place so make sure you know the track better than the inside of your own pockets so you loose the least amount of time possible.
In rough terms, the speed at which you can apply the brake pedal is related to your spring and damper rate. The stiffer the spring and damper the faster weight transfers so the quicker the front tyres load up and generate more traction allowing you to brake harder. The softer the spring and damper, the slower you need to apply the brake as the weight transfers forward more slowly taking longer to load the front tyres, which generates the traction to allow you to brake hard.
Unless you are driving a ‘downforce’ car, then just hit the pedal as quick and as hard as you can. The downforce is already pushing the tyre into the track generating traction and in anything with GT3 or higher levels of downforce its almost impossible to block the brake at speed as the downforce generates more traction than the brake can overcome.