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So true. . .(more) (archive)

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Posted by Jayhox on November 08, 2000 at 13:31:03:

In Reply to: Performance Driving in the Rain... posted by Karl Seeger on November 08, 2000 at 11:29:10:

It was amazing what little movement in the car would induce a slide or wiggle. On a long and fast sweeping turn, if you were in the turn and drifting naturally, then turned the wheel in at all, the rear end would pop out of line. Fortunately, I alsways kept the car under control when this happened. I then concentrated on a perfectly smooth turn on even the slightest sweeps, much less a 90 degree turn. The wet weather really made me concentrate on my lines.

On a few laps, my instructor had me drive the "wet" line. That was a trip! Going past turn-in points and then crossing over the "dry" line to unusual parts of the track really made me think.

Patrick
'99 2.3 Atlanta Blue/beige/beige
"Siiiingin' in thr rain. . ."


I enjoy performance driving in the rain too, after all I live in Seattle!

On the track it is the BEST teacher for being smooth and balanced. If you are not smooth or balanced you will spin resulting in slower times. When it rains here on track days I try to stress to my students to back off just a little and work on smoothness and balance. After a few rain sessions they find that they are a whole lot faster in the dry.

The only draw back is I have to put my top upů

-Karl





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