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    How to develop more confidence?

    Just a quick question:I know that I lose a lot of time in cars with downforce, because I lack the confidence to push them as hard as they can.Is their anyway I can better at this, other than practicing loads at every car/track combination?Even in GT3 cars it is noticeable.

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    If it all matters, I also lack confidence in IRL.

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    I think I gain confidence when the car is feeling fully under you setup wise , some cars feel like an extension of you that you can grab by the balls and push to the limit for me the 650s GT3 is one of those cars where as say the Group 5 Capri is something I’ve never felt in control of and never truly comfortable driving.
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    You can walk away from any car crash in this game. So rev it into the wall until you figure out your true limits.
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    You can't drive the same way all the time and expect to get better. Change things up as you do practice laps. You will build more confidence if you use practice as a way to explore limits. You are not confident as you don't know where the limits of the cars are... Therefore, you aren't sure how close to the edge you are and how much you can push it.

    In sim racing, we get infinite resets. In short, you need to crash more in practice. You have a turn where you are braking a little bit and then turing? Try not braking one lap and see what happens.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stewy32 View Post
    Just a quick question:I know that I lose a lot of time in cars with downforce, because I lack the confidence to push them as hard as they can.Is their anyway I can better at this, other than practicing loads at every car/track combination?Even in GT3 cars it is noticeable.

    Thanks.

    If it all matters, I also lack confidence in IRL.
    As with most confidence.
    Fake it til you find it.


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    Thanks guys

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    I startet my journey in PC2 by reducing downforce in every car I drove (really low) and learn the cars "mechanical grip level". By doing so I learned what that car doesnt "like" and drove it for a lot of laps. It never felt safe or stable at all. But by doing so for quite a long time and getting used to drive veeeeery carefully (smooth steering, smooth throttle) I can now fully trust the cars and throw them into corners without problems. Because I learned the smooth and careful technics needed to not unsettle the car....

    Sounds wierd? It probably is...but so am I

    Edit: and after upgrading my wheel from an overpriced (for its "quality") G920 to a bit better TS-PC racer I feel even more, where the limits are.

    And I dont think there is any other way to get confident but practice.and learn from mistakes you do. And by doing it lots of time and for lots of hours...
    Last edited by beatrunner; 09-11-2018 at 18:26.
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    Quote Originally Posted by beatrunner View Post
    I startet my journey in PC2 by reducing downforce in every car I drove (really low) and learn the cars "mechanical grip level". By doing so I learned what that car doesnt "like" and drove it for a lot of laps. It never felt safe or stable at all. But by doing so for quite a long time and getting used to drive veeeeery carefully (smooth steering, smooth throttle) I can now fully trust the cars and throw them into corners without problems. Because I learned the smooth and careful technics needed to not unsettle the car....

    Sounds wierd? It probably is...but so am I

    Edit: and after upgrading my wheel from an overpriced (for its "quality") G920 to a bit better TS-PC racer I feel even more, where the limits are.

    And I dont think there is any other way to get confident but practice.and learn from mistakes you do. And by doing it lots of time and for lots of hours...
    I do this also with the downforce. I never really feel comfortable until I have put loads of mechanical grip into my rear end in a RWD car. Even then I still have to be careful on the boundaries of my set up. As some guys have said in another thread racing against faster ghost cars also helps to. As Mahjik said above sometimes you have to explore different options thru a turn and seeing a ghost car do it repeatedly in front can sometimes give you the confidence to believe that it can be done.
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    Quote Originally Posted by beatrunner View Post
    I startet my journey in PC2 by reducing downforce in every car I drove (really low) and learn the cars "mechanical grip level". By doing so I learned what that car doesnt "like" and drove it for a lot of laps. It never felt safe or stable at all. But by doing so for quite a long time and getting used to drive veeeeery carefully (smooth steering, smooth throttle) I can now fully trust the cars and throw them into corners without problems. Because I learned the smooth and careful technics needed to not unsettle the car....

    Sounds wierd? It probably is...but so am I

    Edit: and after upgrading my wheel from an overpriced (for its "quality") G920 to a bit better TS-PC racer I feel even more, where the limits are.

    And I dont think there is any other way to get confident but practice.and learn from mistakes you do. And by doing it lots of time and for lots of hours...
    I think that's some of the best racing advice I've ever read. Kudos!
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    Senna didn't become the greatest with confidence: he realised there are so many things to becoming faster on the track and that it wasn't just his talents.
    Schumacher added insane level of fitness and spent off seasons at the factory working with everyone to build the perfect car for himself.
    That's relinquishing oneself from their ego/confidence and mastering their craft on another level.
    Master your craft. Your hobby. Your profession. Whatever it may be.
    Confidence is an undesirable byproduct of acquiring a skill.
    Why do I have so much confidence? Because I know so little.
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    What tire compound were you using?
    What was your tire pressure?
    What was the track and tire temperatures?
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