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Virtual Racing School - Academy - getting started


AOR iRacing GTE S3 AM Champion & Former S-Mod
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Oct 19, 2016
I'd like to introduce you to another resource specifically made for iRacing, but, just like iRacings own driving school, holding a ton of information and advice relevant for any sim.

The Virtual Racing School.
While the platform has paid content and services, there is plenty of free stuff containing information on the fundamentals of racing, and it's definitely worth the read.

iRacers will find Data packs (telemetry), setups, replays and track guides for the most popular racing series here.

The really good, generic content is hidden in the iRacing career guide.
You find some generic advise before getting into sim racing, about hardware, software and managing your own expectations. If you're new to the world of sim racing, have a look and browse through the section "before you get started".

One often overlooked topic is addressed in their 2nd section, about your first racing season:
Ergonomics is one of the most overlooked subjects in sim racing, but it can help your performance a lot. While simracing is physically less demanding than real life racing, you must still control the car with your body. Make sure you’re comfortable, and in top shape.

Here, we’ll cover the positioning of your seat, monitors, wheel and pedals.
Read through the section and make sure your driving position is ergonomic and comfortable, even over longer periods of time.
Being in an ergonomically bad driving position will have a negative impact on your performance, concentration and consistency - so, take your time and set up your rig properly.

The next section covers practicing.
You can learn all there is to know about the car and circuit, have the best setup, use the VRS software and the datapacks, have the best driving coach and still be slow. The biggest factor in making you faster is practice and actual seat time in the simulator. In this article we dive deeper in how to get the most out of your time.
This section covers how to practice best, approaching a new track and structuring your practice to get the most out of it.

The last section I recommend in this chapter is covering driving basics.
The optimal lap is easy to describe, but difficult to achieve. It’s a combination of two basic things: utilising the full grip of the tyres through the perfect line. In other words: optimal racing line & optimal speed.
The driving basics section is covering several important topics:
Importance of solid basics, an analogy
Racing line
All of the track
Limit of grip
Common mistakes
Brake in a straight line
Commit to full throttle when you know you don’t need to lift

After reading through the above linked content, go out, on track and apply the learned skills.
Once you're comfortable, head over to the second post with a deep dive into the fundamentals of driving and racing.
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