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Faust's H Street Flailings

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Finally got to drive the rt660s in warm weather! (70s yesterday, sunny later in the day). So much more traction available. More than I could bring myself to use consistently, looks like it might take a few sessions to really get a feel for how much grip they have. There was one sweeper (starting aroung :17 in the video) where I felt them starting to slip.


The higher speeds & increased grip seemed to want more tire pressure, I ended up back at 45 front / 36 rear. I should probably mess around with higher rear pressure next time we have a test.

There was a timing snafu in the first session, so we ended up getting a total of 5 runs. First one was slow, second was faster but with a cone, third was fastest of the day but with two cones, then hit yet another cone on my fourth... fortunately was able to pull off a clean final run, though it was 0.25 behind my 3rd. That put me in 37 out of 127 by PAX. That should improve as I learn to trust the tires.
 


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Looked like a good run. That location seems to offer the opportunity to go to 3rd. From :32-:47 you were near/at redline, so could have gone to 3rd and gotten a few more mph. If its only 1-2 seconds I just hold 2nd, but if its fairly steady state I have had good results going to 3rd. The hard part is when you get to that next tight turn you have to remember your going 5-10mph faster and don't blow that corner (back up your braking zone), which is what I did at Vegas Tour day 2. Even with that snaffu, it was still 0.8xx faster (not solely that section obviously, but it didn't cost me the run).
You also are coasting into some corners (e.g. :48), thats time you could have stayed on the gas, then a dab of the brakes instead of 1-2 seconds of coasting. Overall looks like good improvement!
 


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Looked like a good run. That location seems to offer the opportunity to go to 3rd. From :32-:47 you were near/at redline, so could have gone to 3rd and gotten a few more mph. If its only 1-2 seconds I just hold 2nd, but if its fairly steady state I have had good results going to 3rd. The hard part is when you get to that next tight turn you have to remember your going 5-10mph faster and don't blow that corner (back up your braking zone), which is what I did at Vegas Tour day 2. Even with that snaffu, it was still 0.8xx faster (not solely that section obviously, but it didn't cost me the run).
You also are coasting into some corners (e.g. :48), thats time you could have stayed on the gas, then a dab of the brakes instead of 1-2 seconds of coasting. Overall looks like good improvement!
You're right about the chance to go to 3rd. Our fast FiST driver did just that, and put down a time almost 2 seconds faster. I was too chicken!
 


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Ha, its a tough thing to do and make work well. Definitely try it in practice if you have opportunity. The 2 competitions this year I have tried it, I did save improve my time, but messed up the following corner (going to much faster), so it takes work/planning.
 


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We had an event at Brainerd International yesterday. It was a short, tight course, and I never really figured it out. Many of the corners were slightly off-camber, just enough to further complicate finding the right line. I think I lost a lot of time to greed, especially in the slalom at the end. The other FiST beat me by over 2 seconds. Well, I get to try again in a few weeks.

This was my first event with the rear Bilsteins installed, and I have no idea how they altered the driving dynamics (though the drive there & back was much improved). I should be able to get the fronts installed by the next event.

 


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Its amazing how a change in venue really changes how a course is driven. Yes that was a tight one, but what I saw was you were driving point to point and not looking far enough ahead. You drove hard at something, just to blow past the turn in and mess up the next element. There are 2 types of AX'ers, ones that struggle to be aggressive enough, and ones that are overly aggressive. Your prior events, you were not aggressive enough, and this one you were to aggressive. Now to find balance, but above all, you have to know where you are going, by keeping your eyes up and as many elements as possible ahead of you. I normally am looking out 4 elements, then scan backward down and back up.
 


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We had an event at Brainerd International yesterday. It was a short, tight course, and I never really figured it out. Many of the corners were slightly off-camber, just enough to further complicate finding the right line. I think I lost a lot of time to greed, especially in the slalom at the end. The other FiST beat me by over 2 seconds. Well, I get to try again in a few weeks.

This was my first event with the rear Bilsteins installed, and I have no idea how they altered the driving dynamics (though the drive there & back was much improved). I should be able to get the fronts installed by the next event.

Where are you at here in Mn?....I see you went to BIR.
 


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Its amazing how a change in venue really changes how a course is driven. Yes that was a tight one, but what I saw was you were driving point to point and not looking far enough ahead. You drove hard at something, just to blow past the turn in and mess up the next element. There are 2 types of AX'ers, ones that struggle to be aggressive enough, and ones that are overly aggressive. Your prior events, you were not aggressive enough, and this one you were to aggressive. Now to find balance, but above all, you have to know where you are going, by keeping your eyes up and as many elements as possible ahead of you. I normally am looking out 4 elements, then scan backward down and back up.
That's definitely how it felt!

Your advice matches what I'm hearing from our local fast guys. Now I just need to learn how to do it...
 




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