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Old 10-09-2007, 10:29 AM   #15
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Originally Posted by DonatasSVT View Post
Hey, thanks for the answers :) I will try higher pressures this or next sunday when I race. Will let you know how it felt.
The last slalom I did was so slow, I even used handbrake in a lot of corners. 2nd gear would be nowhere neeeded as the speed going out of the corners was very low. I hope this weekend we get a little faster track, so I could use your advice about second gear ;)
There is an old saying "Slower is Faster".

While you may not "feel" like you are going faster, you are in 2nd gear. It enables your cornering transitions to be smoother.

That and downshifting costs you about 1/2 a second. If you leave the car in 1st, then you quickly run out of revs that you need for the longer stretches. As a result, you have to slow down to keep from hitting the rev limiter.

Then there is the issue of overpowering the tires in 1st gear coming out of the corner. If your tires are spinning, then you are losing time.
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