Performance & Race Driving Tip
Speed Secret: You have to drive over the limit at times before you can consistently drive at the limit.
When I talk to drivers about driving the limit, I’m talking about the limit they want to drive. For pro racers, the limit is the absolute limit – 10/10ths. For some track day drivers and club racers – those who don’t want to risk everything to drive at 10/10ths – I’m talking about consistently driving at their limit. If they’ve chosen (perhaps not consciously, even) to drive at 8/10ths, for example, that’s their version of 10/10ths. And I’d like to see them drive at that limit all the time, and not at 6/10ths, then 9/10ths, then 7/10ths, then 11/10ths, then 8/10ths….
In other words, when I talk about driving the limit, I mean driving your limit all the time. And to do that, you do have to drive just over the limit every now and then. Of course, the trick is to not drive WAY over the limit. The only way to do that is to develop the sensitivity so you can step just over the limit – let’s say, a half point over – and still bring it back to your limit. If you deliberately focus on and practice sensing that limit, you’ll be able to hone in on your limit more consistently.
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Thanks for the tip. I agree, I am a novice and have been to one HPDE. I was thinking the way to improve and become faster and less afraid of loosing control is finding my limit or the point before loosing control. The problem is that this may result in loosing control. What is the best venue for doing this? Thank you
Really, the best way is to spend time training on a skid pad (or on a loose surface, like at a rally driving school, where you drive on dirt/gravel).