It seems that my race starts are getting to be legend. I still think that I have faster reflexes than most but the lead-up to the flag drop helps too. Here’s what I do:
First, understand that in the final count-down before you have to jump into the car on the grid at the race start is 15 seconds less than when the flag drops. So at 15 seconds on the count-down, the flag will drop 30 seconds later. That just gives me a smaller window of when to super-concentrate.
I have a clock with a second hand visible just above my monitor so I can track that.
At around 5 to 3 seconds to go, I get ready, but rather than looking at the flagman, I focus down the track past the Start line with the flag in my peripheral view.
I usually practice my starts and, depending on the car, fuel load, and track surface and levelness, pick an RPM where it won’t over-rev, and the wheels will spin just the right amount. Not to mention that you don’t want to blow the engine. Then it’s moderating the throttle/revs so that the wheels spin just the right amount for grip and control. From there it’s just reflexes.
I assume that everyone knows that the fastest way to start is to rev the engine and then just dump it into 1st gear, rather than using the clutch, if you have one.
At 70, I still seem to have good reflexes. In life, what big benefit does that give me? On my gravestone, it’ll say “Dead. But at least he had quick reflexes”
Bob SimpsonMember Since 07 Dec 2002
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