It’s been ages since I’ve posted something on the blog. To be honest, I’d forgotten about |StartingGrid| for a little bit. Life has been busy with… life. However, there has been some light at the end of the tunnel, and I’ve started to be able to get back into racing. This post really isn’t going to be anything special, as just a summary of what’s been going on while I’ve been away.
Practice…Practice…and the occasional race.
Even with all of the running around at work, I’ve been able to make a few times on the track. Mostly, I’ve been spending my free time getting in practice laps during the off-weekends. I’ve been saying for a while now that my result in the races haven’t been what I’ve wanted. It’s a combination of needing more practice with my driving, but also improving how I set the kart up. So whenever I’ve had a free moment, I’ve been at the kart track doing laps.
Pretty much the status quo, I guess.
When a friend of mine brought this to my attention, the first thing that came across my mind was “Man, Japan has everything…” Well, the first thing was “Holy crap, that’s freaking random.” Then, “Japan has everything…” (video after the bump)
Yeah, neither did I.
Superkarts are insanely fast racing machines. Faster than most racing cars that you can get your hands on. This Superkart in this video is faster around Cadwell Kart than an F3 car.
Watch, and enjoy.
Two weeks ago, I drove in a club race at Sumas Motorsports Academy. It was my second race in my X125 Tag/Velox SK1. I qualified ninth, finished the first heat race in sixth, and the final in seventh. I got as high as fifth place in one of the heat races, but at the end of the day, I probably finished where I should have.
The Mclaren F1 GTR is one of my favorite cars, of all time. These videos bring to mind a discussion that I’ve been having with some of my peers about having the right network of people around you, in order to create true success.
Seeing all of the brilliant people involved in developing such a program really drives that point home.
Part 2-4 after the bump.
I pretty much took the weekend off racing to watch the World Touring Car Championship at the Nurburgring. It was the first year that that series was back at the full Nordschleife, and I wasn’t going to miss that.
Although really, I wasn’t going to miss it since the FIA doesn’t care if WTCC is on Youtube. I like how, unlike other motorsports *cough* Formula 1 *cough*, you can easily find links.It’s like someone understands that in 2015, if you like something, that you should put it on the Internet. How novel!
Anyway, I watched it. You should watch it. Here you go.
Videos below after the bump. You can easily find Free Practice videos too, but I just didn’t feel like posting them.
This morning, I received a video about Lachlan Taylor, a young rider who is currently competing in the Shell Asia Talent Cup Test in Malaysia. At 13 years old, he’s already an Australian dirt bike champion. Now he’s moving to road racing, and is racing through the junior series in Asia. I was also fortunate enough to be shared some some background information on about his career, so far.
Now that Chris and I have done a few practice days together, we’ve started incorporating a few more pieces into our day programs. Two weeks ago, we started mounting an onboard video onto the kart. It helps us so we can reflect back on changes more accurately, and start to analyze where we can find more laptime.
This post isn’t going to be long, but the message is still important. -Find yourself a home track.
A home track is a track that you’re comfortable with that you know fairly well, and drive fairly often. Your home track gives you a place to build confidence as a driver. Mentally, you’ll have one location that you know that you’re quick, which allows you to practice mentally developing that confidence programming when you to go to other tracks.
Been a while since I posted last, but wanted to pass along a quick tip I always use when I coach other drivers. It’s so simple, and really an effective way to monitor your personal performance. Simply put, I ask these two questions to my drivers after each and every session:
Ever since I heard that the WTCC was going to return to the Nordschleife in 2015, I couldn’t help but be excited. Having a World Touring Car race on the 13.2 mile track is going to be something to see.
Now seeing that the Green Hell isn’t just a track that you can learn over a race weekend, the WTCC set up a practice day for the teams. Check out Loeb in this video as a teaser for the race later in the year.
^^ I know I’m using pictures from an earlier post, but I wanted to get this series started. ^^
At the start of this year, I made the change from racing in the World Formula class to Tag Sr with the X125. I’ve gone from 15hp at 7,100 rpm to having 30hp at 15,000 rpm. So, I was going to have to start making some changes. It’s been really fun, but by doubling my horsepower, I basically doubled the amount of things that I needed to take care of at the track. Changes in my driving style, massive changes to the setup of the kart, and changing the way that I approach going to the track.
I’ve always had the ambition to race in faster machinery, and be competitive. When I was running a four-stroke, there was just enough stuff going on that I could handle the majority of the work by myself during club races. However, I knew that when I moved to TAG, I was going to need help getting to the next level.
Fortunately then the timing was right, and I reconnected with my friend Chris Novotney.
Well, it’s been a while since I’ve posted anything really. It’s been a while since I’ve written anything for the blog. Honestly, it’s been a while since I’ve written anything really. It’s because I haven’t wanted to, but I have a good reason.
This video about the drift team, Mind-Control, reminds me about why I got into enjoying cars in the first place. The sheer fun of it all. Sometimes we get so caught up in ourselves in motorsport, I feel like people just forget what should all really be about. Going fast and having fun.
For most ‘ADHD-Smartphone-dependent-venti-coffee-drinking- give it to me now’ internet users, you’re probably not going to take the time to watch a 14 minute video in Japanese.
You should though. You really should.
So with all of the negative press surrounding F1 in media-life, my friends and I have been talking about other racing series that we probably should be paying more attention to. Eventually the conversation always comes back to the World Endurance Championship.
Even though it’s harder to ‘relate’ to a team when you have three cars per team and three guys sharing a car, you really cannot doubt that the P1 cars are basically Formula 1 cars with roofs on them.
Check out this test at Monza. You can’t argue this speed.