** I wrote this on Trackhq.com, thought this might help some of you **
if you are a track noobie
, stop reading now. This thread is not for you. This thread is for uber macho drivers. Go back to your hairdresser Miata........and read the other knitting forum for driving techniques.
if you are an advanced driver, then you already better than I am. you can also stop reading....
biggest issue I've seen intermediate drivers is late apexing. Their whole track experience revolves around late apex / exit speed.
They concentrate so much on exit speed, they park the car just before apex, so they can get a perfect drive out of a corner.
intermediate drivers are almost as fast or faster than advanced drivers on exit speed. what they lack is entry speed.
YES, instructors teaches late apex to noobs. I do that myself to my friends when I go on a ride with them. That's because I am sitting in passenger seat, telling you to take late apex (safe) so I can go home and see my kids at end of the day. Secret is out: late apex is for instructors (those with family)...
Stop looking at exit speed - use predictive instead (don't be cheap, Aim Solo is $400 - every time Oli flat spot his 1 tire). exiting at 100MPH (instead of 50MPH) means squat if you have to drive an extra 100 yards to achieve that or if the next straight is 20 feet long. minimum speed don't mean squat if you have to travel a longer distance.
I will give an example of tracks on a hairdresser car. yes, in real cars like a Corvette, you do take a slightly different line (but if you are driving a Corvette, you wouldn't be taking other peoples advice, would you?). but this will give you a general idea.
these are 2 SOCAL tracks, but most tracks are similar in numbers of early vs. late apex turns.
T1 - early apex
T2 - early apex (or early turn in)
T3 - early apex
T6 - early apex
T8 - early apex (in hairdresser car or Trackhq official track car)
T9 - okay, you do late apex here (at least for woosie like me)
Sunrise - early apex
off ramp - turn in early
cotton corner - early apex
Bus Stop - late apexish
Riverside - neutral
Magic Mountain - early apex
Sweeper - early apex
Sunset - slightly early
shortest line: for those who autocross (not real racing as we all know), they would understand this. in autocross, you almost always take the shortest line between cones, think running a taut line between cones. exit speed matters in last corner coming to a long straight, but not much else.
disclaimer: if you start crashing - running out room at corner exit. I am not responsible. stop reading internet FUD.....