Most non-Pro courses I run usually have a turn between the start line and
the timing lights. For me, it usually isn't worth it to launch hard, then
slam on the brakes to negotiate the turn before the lights. Sometimes it's
not necessary either; I just go for maximizing my exit speed from that turn
so I have a good start going through the lights.
'91 CS Miata
----- Original Message -----
From: Steven N. Burkett <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Friday, July 07, 2000 3:32 PM
Subject: Re: ProSolo questions and launching
> On Fri, 7 Jul 2000, David Hawkins wrote:
> > Very few of the NTs or divisionals I have attended had a drag style
> > start (straight line to the first technical part). Most Solo II
> > courses have a start followed by a rather sharp turn to discourage
> > clutch killing launches.
> Can someone explain this to me? I realize that most non-pro courses start
> out this way, but how does this discourage a drag launch?
> To my inexperienced mind, faster is faster. If you're *serious* about
> going as fast as you possibly can, shouldn't you always execute your best
> "pro style" launch?
> Even if you then lift immediately, or brake, you still covered the first
> few feet a little faster than the person who babied their clutch.