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    can someone break down downshifting for corner ent

    For instance.. say you are in 5th down the straight.. upcoming corner requires 3rd. Why are you supposed to hit 4th briefy and not just clutch in at brake point in 5th and heel toe 3rd when speed is correct. Why do you have to hit 4th on the way down?

    I am guessing it is so you are always have max tq available with drive line engaged while coming up on the corner. But I don't see why.. maybe in case you needed power to avoid a crash? Or is it about engine braking?


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    I dont

    I go from 5th to 3rd, every lap, turn 1 at vir and summit point. Some people run thru all the gears. Its just personal preference.

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    Can cite 2 reasons: 1. To Reinforce Brake Points->

    If one has a specified Brake Point simply divide the Distance from the Turn-in by two (Downshift 1), then divide the remaining Distance by two (Downshift 2) &c.

    Another reason would be to assure an unintended Gear isn't snatched.

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    Re: can someone break down downshifting for corner ent

    Chuck,
    Good question. Next time you start your car in neutral gear, try putting it into 1st gear. Now, next time you engage 1st gear, enter 2nd gear and then move up into first. You'll feel a much smoother gear selection. Also, as Dan said, you're reducing the chance of selecting the wrong gear.

    Again, good question to ask...Helps build a good foundation.

    Cheers,

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    Thanks much Gents


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    Saves your pads -sounds cool - good practice - fun


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    For what it's worth, I agree. I've heard the arguments that
    downshifting through each gear helps give you more practice,
    is less likely to cause missed shifts, and so on.

    My counter-argument is that doing the direct downshift is
    faster, and you have less going on, so you're better able
    to concentrate on the corner. You're also reducing the number
    of shifts you do, which I think reduces your chances of getting
    one wrong. (-:

    Still, my experience is that it is essentially a matter of
    personal preference -- try both and do what you like.

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