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Old 04-27-2010, 09:32 AM   #51
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yeah, the balance is what i'm trying to find (when to hug and when to take a wider line) looking ahead was my main focus this weekend and i think i improved a bunch on it. when the instructor took a drive with me and when he drove he yelled where he was looking and where i should be looking and that helped so much.
sometimes when i looked ahead i still didn't "plan ahead" lol. i'll work on that next time too.

edit: i showed up a lil late (too much late night gambling...) so i only got to walk it twice. luckily it was the same course we drove the day before just in reverse. some cones were a little tweaked.
by my 4th run out of 10 i felt i had a pretty good handle for the course.
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Old 04-27-2010, 12:46 PM   #52
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I'm seeing a lot of "crossing the hands".

Try "shuffling" the steering wheel instead:
I could try to explain it, but I'll bet I can find a link that'll do it all for me...
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Old 04-27-2010, 07:35 PM   #53
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And shuffling the wheel is something you can practice every time you drive so that it becomes second nature.
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will do, from now on.

question,
sweepers! i can't judge how much speed i need/don't need for them. i've heard you should not be braking while turning them you should be accelerating through them.. true?
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In a steady sweeper, find max speed without plowing and spinning and hold it, and accelerate out as you unwind the wheel.
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In a steady sweeper, find max speed without plowing and spinning and hold it, and accelerate out as you unwind the wheel.
Even if you have a little 'push' on entry, generally a 'lift' will bring the car back on line--steady throttle to apex and accelerate out. Smooth inputs are the key to not upsetting the balance of the car...including smooth on the throttle.

In general, NooBs tend to go too fast on the slow bits and too slow on the fast bits (because the overcook the slow bits and ruin exit speed). Getting off a corner is almost always more important than gettin in one. Getting off the corner that leads to the longest acceleration zone (straight) is (usually) the most important corner on the course.
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they sure are fun.. ha.

wondering, what class is the 04 zx3 2.3 in? stock.
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and the 05 zx3 2.0?
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glad to see your having fun, this year has been my firs season of autox, ive missed the past 3 or 4 but on the 16th im going again!!!

i would definatly invest in a dedicated race set of wheels... i picked up some used 15x8 rims with the azeniz 615's on them off of a guy on here for $230... just wait for a good deal on wheels and tires for about $300....

the smaller overall rotational diameter really helped with the gearing, i got more out of low 2nd gear rpms coming out of turns.... over my 17x7 with 215/45/17 tires...

they don't even have to be great, just something else to tear up over your dd tires...

i did alot of riding with experienced drivers and had them ride with me, the best way to learn...

don't be afraid to hit the cones either, and on your last run i try to push it harder than the previous ones, you'll either pull the win or spin out... either way, its a great way to find what your car will actually do...

and i also like working the track first and driving second... really helps to learn the course and see where others mess up!!
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