How to plan practice session to win races
Car racing is as much a part of automobile history as the motorized engine itself. Ever since the first perambulators running off cobbled together, engines running on steam and crude diesel first started to roll their way out of garages, so to have enthusiasts wondered which of their cars would be the fastest. Of course, the only logical conclusion of those trains of thoughts, much like with footraces and horses and a myriad of other tests of speeds, car racing entered the public realm and imagination.
Car racing today comes in many forms and variations, from sport to spectacle. Some races are made to highlight the performance of specific formula blended fuels and precision engine parts. Still, other races may be chosen like a test of endurance for certain cars, while still, other races are employed as types of ad campaigns promoting an event or location.
One such type of car racing involves the use of only stock cars and parts and pushing these types of machines to their limits. And naturally, there are actually the public drag racing venues where the amateur and the hobbyist can pit their machine against those of others in friendly matches in a safe environment. A set of rules has to be established to determine who exactly the winner of these types of activities is as with any type of competitive sport.
The fundamental rule in car racing is that the winner is the car that proves itself the fastest. Objectives normally run from being the first one to complete a series of laps or to cross the finish line of a scenic track. The real key to all this, as with all races, is that to be the first and to be the fastest.
Race-craft and speed are not the same, race-craft is about passing, seeing the opportunities, backing off when needed, being brave when needed, strategic positioning of your car that benefits you and not the opposition. Some drivers are very fast but just cant race well with others around them, they do not have good race-craft and others are the opposite. To be a top driver you must have both race-craft and speed.
Racing is all about going fast and maintaining speed around the track, however this also needs to be achieved in qualifying. Being fast and having good race-craft is not enough if you at the back of the grid. You must be able to produce at least one magic flying lap that results in a good grid position. Working your way up the grid is tough and will not allow you to show your true potential.
Another area I want to address is be able to adapt your driving technique to the cars ability and set up, if the car is not performing as normal due to set up or a failure you will must be able to adapt you driving to suit, or give up! We all know giving up is not an option. Having and continuously building your ability to adapt your driving to suit that car is key to becoming a real race driver.
Physical Ability and Skills
Feeling and being in control of the car at it's limits is an essential skill you need, this skill when used correctly will enable you to drive at speed, this skill is in some ways is more critical than making sure you are always on the best racing line.
If you have met many F1 drivers or professional top-level drivers you will notice that a majority of them are pretty slight in stature. If you are 6 foot 6" or weigh well over 18 stone, your option as a professional driver is limited. However you can still have plenty of fun and be reasonably competitive in amateur race series.
The ability to be able to control and be aware of your speed coming in and out of corners at the maximum speed your race-car can deliver is such an incredible skill. The top drivers can achieve the same speed at corners time and time again, not varying by 1 mile per hour slower or faster.
But what else does a race really need to be fair and clear? Regulations about what type of car is always welcome. In most of these activities excluding friendly racetracks open to all comers, a similar build of car is wanted. Stock car races pop into your head, as competitors can just use a select variety of parts in their automobiles. In the cases of circular tracks, a rule of thumb is to stagger the starting positions of the cars so that no one can take advantage of the curvature of the track.
This type of sport is interesting, however, safely is required.