Ju­lian Thomas

Am­a­teur rac­ing driver

Motor Sport News - - Racelogic -

“It’s very easy to lose hours pour­ing over the data and try­ing to find ways to im­prove, and the key to it all if you are us­ing the sys­tem solo is to keep ex­per­i­ment­ing.

“If I was hav­ing par­tic­u­lar trou­ble with a cer­tain sec­tor of a track, or even a spe­cific cor­ner, I’d go out and do five laps and take a dif­fer­ent line each time. Then when I down­load the data file the sys­tem will au­to­mat­i­cally take my fastest lap as the ref­er­ence and then al­low me to an­a­lyse that spe­cific sec­tion of track against the other four. I can pick out my fastest sec­tor times and then over­lay the video and check the speed and track data traces to see if that sec­tor links in with the next and some­times the big­gest gain in a slow cor­ner can be the tighter line as you cover less dis­tance. Some driv­ers swing out wide for slow turns, but that can cost you an ex­tra 40 me­tres of lap length, so the sys­tem can weigh up whether it’s worth trav­el­ling that ex­tra dis­tance for the speed you’ll carry through the cor­ner. By us­ing the com­bi­na­tion of video and data you can work out what works and what doesn’t.

“The sys­tem is very easy to trans­port and in­stall – it’s one box un­der the dash, an an­tenna on the roof or back shelf and that gives you all of your ge­o­graph­i­cal map­ping data and time and speed. Ev­ery­thing down­loads to a sin­gle SD mem­ory card and the soft­ware will al­low you to over­lay a lap from to­day, yes­ter­day or a few years ago at the same time. That’s in­cred­i­bly use­ful to see how far you’ve come as a driver as all of the data is stored and in­stantly ac­ces­si­ble.”

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