Some of you who may know me – know I like cars, a lot lol. Well, a great Le Mans driver who has once graced the seats of Audi’s R10 and R15, now plants his hind quarters in Audi’s newest beast – the R18. He also graced the Fortitude forums (Audi enthusiast forums) in the motor sports section today – May 31st 2011 to answer a few questions. Of course as soon as I heard about this I headed to their forum and posed a question any aspiring young driver would like to know.
“I guess I will be the first one to go haha.
Ive always wanted to get behind the wheel of a car and run a few laps and eventually will start running my car in some local autocross. I hope a three part question is ok.
As a new racer, how did you (when you started out, be it pro circuit, or a snot nosed young adult like myself ) adjust to new tracks / conditions / cars you drove? Did you study courses days/weeks/months in advance (if you had that time) and what was your biggest motivator that helped you aspire and build your skills?”
After my post on the 25th of May, I had to wait an agonizing 6 days to see if he even attempts to answer my silly question.
Fast forward to 15 to 20 mins before I post this. I looks, I scroll down through other questions to him… I see his first post…
OMG he quoted my post… Allan McNish picked lowly ole me… to be (yes I verified this next fact) HIS FIRST REPLY ON THE FORUMS!!
At this point in my 10 seconds of internal monologue… I realized oh, hey yeah he answered me.
I had a hard time seeing past my smile after reading his first line – “SuperJario, cool name, sounds fast so you should be fast”
Once I recomposed myself I read the rest of his post… To which any new racer or aspiring racer of any type should learn from:
Adjusting is experience but it is also knowing the limits of your vehicle, find that out in slow corners, not fast to begin with, slow corner mistake =spin, fast corner =shunt. The last area I learn the limit of is braking point, if you brake too late on lap 2 of a test day it is end of test day and you don’t learn much. Read the road, look ahead, look at flags for wind and weather info, use the tools you have around you.
I think about courses and what I want to do and how I am going to do it, run through scenarios in your head, think of areas you can improve, prepare!
Biggest motivator to push on more and harder and farther is the long trip home when you’ve been beaten, it is much nicer travels when you have won.
Go for it.
So in closing, today which started out a bit rocky took (at least for me) a purely amazing turn for the wayyyyy better.
And because, some of you might not know who he is – Here he is next to his new sexy R18 TDi Prototype car.
Allan McNish and the amazing R18