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narada
14-07-11, 12:11 PM
Some of you may have noticed the Neova Cup leaderboard posted around the internets lately – a lap time chart comparing different cars and their drivers who are all on the same Advan AD08 tyre. Since I drive on these tyres, my lap time is naturally up there and some of you might have wondered – “why is Narada so slow?”

Well, without sounding like I am writing this column to post up excuses as to why my lap times are so far away from what I usually say my car can achieve, the lap times are slow because my tyres were bald. After 18 months and over 14 Trackdays on my trusty Neovas, they had decided they had enough, and a 1:14.7 was the best I could achieve.

http://www.jdmstyletuning.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/Bald-Tyre.jpg
I do not recommend driving with tyres this far gone...

But let me also tell you this, they were some of the best laps I have driven for a long time. This video below, taken by Hoon Media, was just a sample of what driving the car was like on the day.

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Getting yourself a PB can be very rewarding, but I feel that sometimes there is too much emphasis put on this these days. There is a common dialogue at Trackdays of late that constantly revolves around getting a PB, wanting a PB or hoping for a PB. And for some, the very sight of wet or even dusty surfaces ends up in gloomy faces all around.

I totally get it too. When we first started Circuit Club, the average lap time was 1.18 and we were all just happy to be driving above the speed limit freely. But these days, if you aren’t pulling sub 10s it’s almost like you shouldn’t bother showing up. The sophistication of the average track driver has increased so much that it’s become very competitive out there.

But as it was almost an obligation for me to set an official lap time for the Neova Cup, I was almost brought back to my roots knowing that there was no way in getting a PB with my now bald tyres. I was focused on setting the best lap time possible, yes, but I wasn’t going to be disappointed in not achieving a PB.

Those laps were some of the hardest in my life. Without grip from the tyres, I had to be extra smooth with my inputs. I was constantly balancing the rear grip with my steering inputs and although there was still pretty decent traction, getting a good throttle position through the corner was still a sensitive affair.

I ended up doing three or four laps in a row where I just felt like I was getting faster and faster – my concentration was through the roof and car was on a knife-edge of grip.

It was me and my car working in harmony, which I think is the real purpose of driving at a Trackday. Getting your skill level to match the level of the car. Being on the limit of your car’s capabilities lap after lap. In other words, having fun while driving.

P.S. If you also like to watch drivers on the limit, especially three time F1 world champions, make sure you come along to our advanced screening of Senna. I will repeat, it is the best racing documentary I have ever seen, and even if you have seen a downloaded copy, nothing compares to watching it on the big screen. Buy tickets here - http://www.circuitclub.com.au/page/senna-charity-screening.

daevilone
14-07-11, 01:29 PM
I'll agree here. Nothing comes close to the satisfaction of getting close to a PB or just driving really well with worn tyres.

Justin Fox
14-07-11, 02:06 PM
Thanks for the happy laps Nads, car was slippery as for sure!!!

MotorCulture
14-07-11, 02:34 PM
http://www.jdmstyletuning.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/Bald-Tyre.jpg
I do not recommend driving with tyres this far gone...



good read .

and OMG at those tyres!

RB_LOVE
14-07-11, 06:23 PM
Good read but I came in here thinking this was related to "cruising" - joys of driving slowly.

Perhaps a slight name modification "joys of slow track driving" ;)

And someone should do a write up on the joys to be had driving slowly - wether on the streets or country roads etc.

Kazzae
14-07-11, 10:52 PM
Not sure if tiers are semi slicks...


Or worn out

J
15-07-11, 07:35 PM
I ended up doing three or four laps in a row where I just felt like I was getting faster and faster my concentration was through the roof and car was on a knife-edge of grip.


I love that feeling.

When I get really focused in the kart, and I can feel im getting faster, and faster, smother, lines are changing and becoming more fluid.

and then you realise the guys had the pit board out for two laps :oops:

black200
16-07-11, 11:17 AM
nice write up. food for thought