Euros 2016 – Practice

Today was the first day of practice here at the Euros, and so far so good. My car was good from the very beginning. Just what I hoped for. All the work the last 6 weeks since the warm up paid off! Not perfect, but good enough. So I went along with my plan, and didn’t make changes, I just drove. I drove the same set of LW Medium Impacts all day, and the only change to the car that I made was a thinner front sway bar for the last round. As I wrote a few days ago, what I need, is to be comfortable with the car, and to be comfortable I need to drive a lot with the same setup. And I intend to stick with that plan. I have a few small changes I can do if needed, but for now I will only focus on driving.

I got my engine tuned pretty well for the last round, it should be good for the race. I have a good feeling, and now I need to focus on hitting my lines, and braking points. I need to slow down enough and set up for the corners so I can maintain my speed through them. I need to enter the corners a bit wider and not drive so squarely. The car feels good in the chicanes and I need to play it safe in them, and not push it too much. The different between a good and a great line through them isn’t huge, but the difference between a good and a bad run through them is massive. I want to stick with the good ones. That is going to be key. If I am still too slow once I feel like I have done a “perfect” lap, I will see about getting more steering. Until then, I will just drive.

The engine ran 10 degrees cooler with the Bittydesign shell. Much needed as it is so hot here in Spain.

The engine ran 10 degrees cooler with the Bittydesign shell. Much needed as it is so hot here in Spain.

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