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Old 06-10-2010, 06:38 PM   #1
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Looking for some driving advice, The track i race at is pretty large and i drive the shi_ out of my buggy and it handles great but i just don't understand how the top drivers that win every week look like they go slower through the coners. I just don't understand, i drive my buggy as hard as i can and i'm not a lot slower than them but how can they have faster lap times than me?????
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you know of the story about the tortoise and the hare don't you?

slow and steady wins the race!!!

unless you are really good, more power usually equals more wheel spin, for me anyway. I take the corners slow (albeit not very well), when i come down a straight too fast or corner too fast i either end up on my lid or my buggy gets out of square. This is something i need to work on. The right tires make a huge difference as well.

one wreck can be worse then a pit stop in loss time. Think about that for a minute.
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Are they:
-cutting smoother tighter lines?
-landing jumps early or smoother?
-running consistant lap times?
-making less pit stops?
-using a fuel gun?

Are you:
-drifting through turns?
-wasting time spinning tires?
-needing a marsal more than once per race?
-taking the wrong line?
-going too big on jumps?
-inconsistant lap times, 2 sec fast on one lap, 4 sec slow on next.
-crashing in pit lane
-useing an obsolete fuel bottle
-useing bubba the pit guy?

Often you can look at the time sheets and see some weird times from your competitors. Ie: 27 sec fast lap,28,29, 27,28, 29, 30,28,32,31,27,28,29,30,30,36 (pit) 29,27,28,32,27,33,29,29,30,31, 31,30,28,28,30,30 etc. etc.

If you run 29 second laps, every lap, youll be competitive. You sometimes can drive slower than everyone, but as long as you do that decent time every lap you come out ahead.
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+1 on not wrecking. I try to drive as fast as I can without wrecking. Slow is much faster than waiting for a corner marshal to flip my car back over. If there's a jump I'm having issues with I roll it. Or sometimes I just blast wide open over it all but slow and safe is always faster.
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Are they:
-cutting smoother tighter lines?
-landing jumps early or smoother?
-running consistant lap times?
-making less pit stops?
-using a fuel gun?

Are you:
-drifting through turns?
-wasting time spinning tires?
-needing a marsal more than once per race?
-taking the wrong line?
-going too big on jumps?
-inconsistant lap times, 2 sec fast on one lap, 4 sec slow on next.
-crashing in pit lane
-useing an obsolete fuel bottle
-useing bubba the pit guy?
thats a very good list. I think i will make a copy
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Looking for some driving advice, The track i race at is pretty large and i drive the shi_ out of my buggy and it handles great but i just don't understand how the top drivers that win every week look like they go slower through the coners. I just don't understand, i drive my buggy as hard as i can and i'm not a lot slower than them but how can they have faster lap times than me?????
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Thanks guys, these are all good point's to consider, i have pretty consistent lap times with not much crashing. I think maybe it is a tire spin issue, which i have ordered some new tires (calibers m2) hopefully this will help lots of people at my track run these that run up front. Got my fingers crossed!!!
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Make sure you are driving a tight line. Be smooth, remember slow down and go faster. And most of all drive the track dont race the other drivers.
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like stated above drive the track not the other cars it took me forever to get my son to do that and his last to races he has tqed both and won one by a lap over second even tho it dosent seem like ur going as fast as the other guys in the heats if u keep it consitant u will do better than having 4 fast laps and 4 lapes 4 seconds slower than ur others and theres nothing like practice.
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