posted March 19, 2005 07:24 PM
I would never set up a car to automatically break loose in the turns simply by turning the wheel by itself. What happens if you DON'T want it to break loose? Like avoid a wreck?
A short track like yours, if you don't have it on already, and the rules allow you to use it, then quick steer is an option for you. It takes less work to turn the car with one. Takes getting used to! I run a 1.5, but may get a 2 to 1 soon. I run a 4/10 and I could use it.
As sc 1 racing posted, your driving style is really everything. If you have to drive the car hard into the corners, and then rack it left hard and tap the gas to pitch it, then okay. What you should be more concerned with is lap times. Drive it different ways, with different set-ups, and have a partner time you. Whichever way gives you the faster times, then it is obvious what you should run. The exception to this is if it is just too much for you to handle and have fun with (like having to yank the wheel TOO hard TOO fast, ect.)
I hope your track has practice days/times. Get out there and try different things. Record them so you will have future references. Try running low, then the middle and on top. There usually is a big difference in how the car reacts/drives depending on where on the track you are running. Remember when you make a set-up change to try all lines on the track, not just one or two. You might be surprised. A set-up that stinks down low may make you FLY on the top (good to know if everyone is running low on that night!).
Personally, I drive my car very hard into the corners, a quick snap of the wheel to the left and a tap (at least) on the throttle to get it sideways and concentrate on powering through the next turn and into the straights. I never touch the brakes, unless there is a wreck, caution, or the race is over.
Someone posted here awhile back that "I never lost a race. Time just ran out before I got to the front". I love that. Race on.
Oh one more thing. Not everyone does this, and I kind of hate to give out a driving secret of mine (not that NO ONE has ever done this or still doesn't). Just before I get to the entry of a turn I look all the way through that turn and the next, and into the coming straight. Then I glance for a split second on the turn I am just getting into, get the car sideways, and then look ALL the way through the next turn and concentrate on the straight coming up. I am one heck of a lot smoother and faster doing this. Where you are looking to is where you will go. No big secret really, but I know of so many drivers who just don't do this and they are real squirrles in the corners, and have more wrecks than most other drivers. They don't see trouble up ahead.
if it ain't fun, then don't run