Tim Suddard
Tim Suddard Publisher
6/25/08 9:38 a.m.

This article initially ran back in 2008. We're featuring it today in our new series: From the Vault. Some information or prices could be different. 

Most of the articles which we have featured in GRM's "Race Craft" columns the last few years have been evolutionary in nature. Starting with the more basic driving skills, we progressed quickly to more and more advanced techniques. While this may have worked well for those of you who are seasoned competitors and long-time subscribers, it is not so beneficial to new readers. From time to time, it is important that we revisit basic driving techniques and address the most common basic driving mistakes. This article is not merely for the benefit of new readers, but for any reader who drives in competition or at speed. After all, good advanced driving skills are built upon a solid foundation of good basic driving techniques. Even if you are already a proficient competition driver, I am sure you will learn something of value as we examine the top 10 basic driving mistakes-and how to correct them.

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confuZion3
confuZion3 UltraDork
6/10/09 11:23 p.m.

Nice article! Many of the techniques that you discussed are some that I am focusing more on becoming more proficient at. It always helps to have another perspective on the fundamentals!

miwifri
miwifri New Reader
11/30/09 3:24 p.m.

This is a great article. As a racer and new instructor (one season), I am always looking at how others interpret and describe the fundamentals. Having an intuitive understanding of what is happening in a car isn't always easy to put into words, especially at speed. Thanks, Tim.

Jordan Rimpela
Jordan Rimpela Digital Editor
6/7/19 12:47 p.m.

Trying something new. Let me know what you guys think. 

aw614
aw614 Reader
6/7/19 2:24 p.m.

Lots of good tips, when I was at the FIRM back in late April and got to  ride the IPG parts Integra, I saw my biggest mistake, Mistake #7: Not Using the Entire Track.

I think I was trying to run everything tight lol like how I would at autocross in most situations

BigD
BigD Reader
6/12/19 4:46 p.m.

I'd add to #3 as the most common problem I see with upper intermediate drivers is braking too hard and too late, especially for faster corners. Everyone up to this level tends to think that this is what makes them Senna - brake as hard as the car can physically do it, as late as possible while still figuring out some way to get it turned in, and profit. In reality, they upset the living piss out of the car and end up taking the corner far slower than they need to, even though they feel like they're on the ragged edge of what's possible because what's possible is artificially limited by their braking. The King of the Late Brakers doesn't always win, at least in terms of lap time.

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