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      04-05-2009, 12:57 PM   #10
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Drives: '09 Cpe Silverstone FR 6MT
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Colorado

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2009 M3  [4.20]
Excellent bullet points V1.47fan.

I think the very strongest point is the one about finding the 10-10ths point. Many people far undershoot it while others are constantly exceeding it and losing .1-seconds in half a dozen places, when the winner is often determined by .01-seconds.

For noobies it's extremely helpful to ride with experienced drivers.

I like the idea of "controlled chaos". I find that my very best runs seems like I'm constantly correcting and adjusting, but people outside the car will say, "that looked smooth". When I hear that, I know I was fast.

The big problem is that the difference between driving at 10-10ths and exceeding that is very small. Seat time, of course helps. Going to your club's school will help because you get lots more laps than at an official event, typically. I remember times where I changed my braking point by just a few feet and totally washed out a corner that I'd been nailing. The old thought of, "if that was good, then a little more will be better" isn't always true.