Calum Lockie

Pro­fes­sional driver coach

Motor Sport News - - Race­l­ogic -

“Data doesn’t lie, and some­times as a driver you have to ac­cept that some­thing is be­ing done wrong and act to fix it in order to make strides for­ward. This is the per­fect tool to high­light ar­eas of im­prove­ment.

“If you adopt the po­si­tion of fool­ing your­self into think­ing ev­ery­thing is right, then you’ll never im­prove. This sys­tem makes you face re­al­ity as it is so ac­cu­rate. Sure, some­times it can be a bit bruis­ing to the ego hav­ing a ma­chine point out your flaws, but ul­ti­mately it gives you the facts to learn from.

“Some driv­ers get by on just a cam­era, but the real value is in the data and the num­bers that go with it. Sure you can see when you’re hit­ting an apex with a ba­sic cam­era, but what you can’t see is what im­pact that is hav­ing fur­ther around the lap. You need the data for that and be­ing able to re­fer to both the video and the graph and sec­tor times gives you such great ref­er­ence.

“The data also al­lows a coach to back-up what they tell a driver. We can phys­i­cally re­play and point out the ef­fect a dif­fer­ent line or a me­tre dif­fer­ence brak­ing has around not just one corner but around a se­quence of turns or even a lap. The art of plac­ing a car is key, and hav­ing the vi­su­als and data you can get a trace of where the car is go­ing point-to-point.

“Hav­ing the dual cam­eras is great for me as a coach as I can see what the driver is do­ing, and also how they are act­ing. I can see if they’re stressed and uptight or if they’re re­laxed, or I can see what they are do­ing with the steer­ing wheel or the ped­als at any given mo­ment, which makes it so much eas­ier to un­der­stand how a driver ap­proaches things and the pro­cesses they go through inside the car.”

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