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Old 10-25-2004, 09:40 PM   #31
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Originally posted by R/C Anonymous
Consistancy IS key

Got to have the Consistancy lap time
I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work
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Old 10-25-2004, 09:45 PM   #32
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Originally posted by OVA
Got to have the Consistancy lap time
Hehe, yeah.

My last off road race, my car was making the most horrible noises because of a problem with my spur and pinion, and I was loosing a heap of speed, but I didnt crash once and kept a consistant line around the track and still finished second. Only because all the other drivers keept getting themselves tangled up behind me during the race. Ended up 2nd overall for the meeting, for the same reasons because I won 1 race, and placed in all the other races but 1.
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Old 10-25-2004, 09:56 PM   #33
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It is all the little things that count...
Make sure your drivetrain is a free as can be.
Make sure you have no tweak.
Tune your motor.
Find a good gear ratio.
Adjust your setups, but only one thing at a time.
Check your tires for wear in between races, and decide whether to change them or not.
Cycle your batts.
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I push myself with a slow motor till i can finish a heat/main without errors. Then do it over and over again till the motor is limiting my performance.

After that I move up one notch to a faster motor, rinse and repeat.

This prevents me from ever having to resort to a faster motor as a crutch.
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Old 10-25-2004, 10:19 PM   #35
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Brain farts are also a huge problem in racing. The simple fact is....that to stay fully consistant and drive your absolute best, It is absolutely crucial that all your focus and attention is on the task at hand. It doesn't sound like it just to say it.....but concentrating on one thing for 5+ minutes is really hard.

If you're on a great run, but you slowly start to miss your points, don't just let it slide...it will just get worse throughout the rest of the race. If I feel myself getting sloppy, I do a quick head shake, blink a few time, breathe out hard and I'm right back in it.

The biggest thing to aviod is getting flustered. If you're re-doing the place, nothing is going to bring that back. At that point, just save the car, you're obviouesly out of the race, work on salvaging the rest of the run with the car intact.
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For me just as important as practice is balance in the car.

Once I started to have a set up that enabled perfect balance I was able to go to the next step.

You can practice all you want but if the car is not set up right you can only go so far.
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