Over the last few months I’ve been edging closer to my short-term aim of being ready to sit in a race car for the first time. Every time I get on track my confidence increases, but there’s still a long way to go and a lot to learn. Then again, that’s what makes this such an exciting process. My latest lesson focussed on heel and toe, and despite some fumbling and frankly, nervousness, the difference it makes is instantly astounding: It eliminates the back-end twitching on a downshift and makes the car feel more stable.
This was the first time I’d had a lesson on it, having attempted to teach myself the technique. Unsurprisingly I was making a few rookie mistakes, including trying to shift too early and being blipping the throttle too much. Tension from over-thinking also led to missed shifts, but when I relaxed into it and got a nice blip on a downshift before clipping the apex, it started to feel much better. My vision through corners is starting to improve, but is another area that also needs a lot of work.
Anyway, a few more lessons and I’ll be suiting up ready to go testing. Cannot wait.