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In light of the nearing championship, I’ve decided to present to you a complete guide of tips and trick on the custom tracks we’ll be racing on.
Even though this guide is sure to aid you in getting into first place, I still advise you to practise, because a few of these track are very difficult to even the experienced driver. That being said, I shall now provide you with all you need to know.
– Cornering is the most important aspect of racing. As ironic as it may seem, that makes braking and not putting the pedal to the metal the most vital techniques of racing. Do most of your breaking before turning into the corner. I say most, because braking on entering helps reduce understeer. That is called ‘trail braking’ and it’s reserved for the more experienced drivers, as it pushes your car to the limit grip wise. Keep some power when cornering, not too much and not too little, doing so will increase grip. When turning out of the corner, increase speed to get more grip. Don’t put the pedal to the metal too early, as it might spin your car out of control.
– Hairpins are quite common on the tracks we’ll be racing on. In Madrid they’re the only opportunities to really get ahead. Those familiar with racing lines (if you are not, I strongly suggest you look it up!) may make the common mistake of following the line like in any other corner. Hairpins are slightly different. Position yourself on the outside of the corner and turn in, halfway through you should be roughly in the middle of the road and when turning out on the inside of the corner. So it’s Out-Middle-In.
– Oversteer, the back coming out, is a problem common to cars like the Comet, but it can be easily avoided by:
- Not entering a corner too fast.
- Not accelerating into the corner, too early or too aggressively.
- Not braking into the corner (trail brakers beware!) or mid corner.
- Not lifting off the throttle mid-corner.
Should you still get oversteer, counter turning is the answer. Quickly turn into the opposite direction of the corner and keep the nose of the car pointed to where you want to go. When pointing the nose, look at where you want to go, as our minds make us drive to what we aim for. So for God’s sake don’t look at that tree!
There are plenty of other useful techniques, but the three I have listed above are the most important ones to our competition. Practise them.
Okay let’s get one thing clear. Yes I am aware that the track looks like a deformed penis. Now stop giggling and pay attention.
The track isn’t too challenging. There are a couple of tight corners, but mind the second and third corner. They’re very tight and rather blind.
Because of the amount of tight corners and the long straight, I suggest a grippy car, like the Feltzer, Jester or Coquette.
Circuito de Madrid
Couple of things here. The first corner is close to the start, only one car can enter at a time, so respect the racer in front of you, no one benefits from a smouldering heap of cars. The first corner is a hairpin turn. Apply the technique I’ve listed above, it can shave off that extra half a second you need to win.
The fourth corner (taking you into the tunnel) is very tight, so it’s important to place yourself on the outer side of the road. Just before the corner there’s a turning lane, use it.
Between the fifth and sixth corner you’re going uphill. Keep that in mind when deciding your entry speed for the sixth corner.
Any car will do.
Okayama Intl. Circuit
The dreaded Okayama Circuit. A paragraph in a blog post isn’t nearly enough to cover every tip on this baby. The first corner is a double blind, you can’t see where it’s going and the sunlight at the end of the tunnel blinds your vision. The road goes down a bit before the corner, so brake early, it’ll prevent you from losing the grip you’ll need. Don’t underestimate how tight it is. If you think you haven’t practised it enough, it’s better to go too slow than too fast.
At around the midpoint there’s an alleyway. Mind the staircase on the right and brake hard at the top of the hill. Take the corner at the top slowly.
The next corner can be taken full throttle IF the racing line is applied correctly. The next corners can be taken almost full throttle, if not full.
I suggest a grippy car, like the Feltzer, Jester or Coquette.
Hong Kong City Circuit
This is the easiest track. The racing line is integrated between the third and fourth corner, so the first and second checkpoints are on the right side of the road and the third one on the left side. It’s not really a tip, but keep that in mind to prevent an unsuspected surprise.
Don’t take the corner too widely when exiting the second ‘loop’ as there might be some oncoming cars.
I suggest a car with a high top speed, like the 9F Cabrio, Carbonizzare or Jester.
Mount Panorama Circuit
The city part is easy. It’s the hills where it gets challenging. Don’t go too fast on the corner that takes you into the hills.
Brake a bit before reaching the corner at the top. Because you’ve approached it going uphill, the car is almost flying, so you’re prone to get understeer. Don’t take that corner too fast.
The same goes for the downhill corners, only this time you’re prone to get oversteer. The last downhill corner is very steep. I’ve seen plenty of drivers, including myself, falling to their deaths. There’s a long line of barriers before the corner. Use that as an indicator to start braking.
I suggest a car with a high top speed, like the 9F Cabrio, Carbonizzare or Jester. But I suggest less experienced drivers to pick a heavy car like the Jester or Alpha to help stay on the road.
The final sprint home. There are two challenging bits. First is getting out of the car park. The fastest way to do so is by driving in a figure of eight.
The second is the highway turn. It didn’t seem challenging to me, but I’ve seen plenty of drivers take the corner too fast. I suggest a car with a high top speed, like the 9F Cabrio, Carbonizzare or Jester.
When picking a car it’s important to decide whether acceleration, top speed, or handling is more important on the track you’ll be racing on, so take a look at the map before you make your choice.
Don’t pick a car you’ve never or hardly ever driven. Stats don’t tell you much about how the car handles.
Cars I advise against using are the: Sultan, Fusilade and Rapid GT. The latter’s stat are great, but it somehow has both an under- and oversteer problem, making it very unpredictable.
Those are my top tips. I didn’t cover every tree or bump to watch out for, but it should be enough to get you up to speed. Good luck and I’ll see you at the finish line.