Originally Posted by MrBlack
For those wanting to break the "plato" they have found in there driving here are a couple of things I have seen work wonders for many to improve.
#1 Get a lap counter that gives emmediate feedback. This will tell you lap after lap if your going faster or slower. Sure you think you have the ideal line but the fact that your getting beat says otherwise. This will also help you smooth out your lines and become more concistant. if you cannot get a lap counter get a buddy to stand near you with a stopwatch and read out your laps to you as you try new lines and link up new transistion between apex's.
#2 Race at more then one track or or at least change the layout up from week to week running the same layout only teaches you to run that track and it becomes more of a rythim thing and once you get to a race and other cars are throwing off your rythim your done son. I personnally run a track weekly and notice when we went from having the same layout every week to changing it up everyone became better drivers almost over night.
#3 Race against drivers that are faster then you. Just following a faster driver will teach you instantly where you are loosing time.
I agree with this post and many others as well.
I would have to say that driving skill will bring you the majority of speed. I've witnissed top national drivers take an overstearing RTR onto the track and run a lap faster than most others with their A cars.
However, IMO the following break down of items are what separates the top drivers from everyone else:
* Throttle control (probably the most under appreciated and practiced for improvement)
* Steering control (does no good if you can't be patient with the trigger)
* Being able to adapt your driving style, lap after lap
, to the current track conditions, car performance and traffic
* Understanding setup, or having a pit 'crew' that understands setup and does it for you (not hating here at all)
* Maximum voltage, torque and RPM
* The total car packages quality of parts and durability
* Regular, detailed and meticulous maintenance