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Our Lady of Blessed Acceleration, don't fail me now.
Just like NASCAR, people watch it for the crashes.
Throw a little oil into the mix and look what happens...
(Glad to see the guys at the end do the right thing and get out to flag people down)
This will keep the car sliding in a straight line, instead of it arcing towards the barrier.
Again, this will only work if your car doesnt have ABS.
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What he should have done is keep the back tires spinning while counter steering and gently easing off the throttle while inputting equal amounts of reduction in counter steer to ease the car back straight.
When oversteering, look where you want to go, slowly come off the pedals, and make a steering input that keeps the front tires pointed straight down the road. Feedback through the wheel will also let you know if you need more or less steering. Once the yaw rate isn't getting worse (you've caught the slide), momentarily pause your inputs, then as the car recovers from the slide, get your steering input out.
Skip Barber guys call it CPR for your car. Gotta warn you though, you should learn it on a skid pad, not on the track for the first time. You'll get it wrong for awhile until you practice it enough.
Adam is right though about leaving the gas in, but that's for people who have the amount of car control required to get out of that situation. When you're learning, the best thing to remember is "if in doubt, both feet out." Later, when your car control improves, you can change it to "if in doubt, flat out."
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I think ESP prevented this from becoming a much worse situation (full spin)...
Any crash you can walk (run) away from is a good one!
Those curbs are big when you're in a little car!
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Short of someone taking you out or losing grip due to bad track conditions I don't know how the hell anyone goes off the track...
I must just be a big *****, but I don't think I have ever put my car in the position to shunt the armco.
It must be the potential wrath of my wife that keeps me on the track.
1 Don't drive outside your skill level or the limits of your car.
2 Don't make your first visit on a Saturday afternoon in July.
3 Stay right. Stay right. Stay right.
4 Don't get in the way of faster cars - that means every other car out there.
5 Stay right.
6 Don't drive like a dick
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It's always shocked me how quick people are to bring cars they have a lot of money into onto a really tough track and just put the gas down. It seems they have no awareness of vehicle dynamics or control......I mean except for the liquid spills, just about every crash would have been preventable of they had some idea how to drive a car. Even then, many of the cars that slide on liquids could have been saved if they hadn't hit the spill too fast and off the correct line...
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It is a puzzle how people get home after casing their DDs out there. I mean it's not like Nurburg is really close to anything. IIRC, Frankfurt is like 2 hours away!
Take a taxi to Ahrweiler and then hop on a train... Or catch a ride home with a friend.It is a puzzle how people get home after casing their DDs out there. I mean it's not like Nurburg is really close to anything. IIRC, Frankfurt is like 2 hours away!