I've seen Team Mugen drive and like Rob said, they are ballistic. They were the primary catalyst for changing my driving style. Most of the guys at my local track have been running Nito for serveral years. How is a new guy going to compete with that? I had a chance to talk with Ishitani and he said they never get completely off the throttle (i.e. park it) - but like everyone has been saying, their throttle control is very smooth
. My friend said that I'm still pretty jerky, which I'm going to work on before the next race. I think I'm pretty close to setting up the car to be on throttle all the time, but the backend needs to be loose, so the car can drift more and I can correct things on the fly. You can't do that when your car is planted to the track like glue!
First race was a write-off. Second and third race I placed 3rd in the D main. This past race I qualified 7th in the B Main (A-C). I was really happy to move up a main, but knew that that I wouldn't place. To drive fast, the car has to be setup correctly, you have to find the fast racing line, you have to be smooth on the throttle and keep mistakes to a minimum. A guy I was talking to said that in the B Mains, you can make 2 maybe 3 mistakes and still have a chance at placing in the top 3.
My goal for this year, is to consistently finish in the top 3 of the B Main. That won't be easy to do. I still have a lot to learn - but I am extremely motivated to accomplish my goal. After telling my buddy that I'm too slow to be running in the B Mains, he said, "What do you expect? You're still new." I gave him this look and he said, "Okay, you should be winning the A Mains."