For most drivers the time in between two track events is the perfect time to look ahead. Especially during winter months or a summer break, the wainting can take a really long time. Use these periods to come up with a good plan in mind. While other drivers just wait and do nothing, others go out drifting, doing some track days perhaps or they are at least working on their sponsorship deals and their car. If you want to move on, while standing still: we have a couple of FREE tips for you.
First of all, try to be in your best possible shape. Take your time to relax and to create a free mind. What!? No workouts, no gym and no running? Of course you can, but with a clear mind you can think ahead. This helps to set goals, to be sharp as a knife and to get focussed way before the season gets started. If you want to do exercises, then go work on your concentration levels. Listen to your favorite music is already a good starting point. But our advise is to plug into inspiring podcasts or even listen to Alpha Brain Wave playlists at Youtube and Spotify. Take others as an example: Max Verstappen for instance is a big fan of simulator racing and juggle balls!
So go get some juggle balls at the local toy shop and follow the step-by-step juggle tips here: https://youtu.be/x2_j6kMg1co. Set goals: practise at least one minute a day. Within a year you want to juggle with 3 balls for a whole minute. This is more fun than most brain training programs, but your brain will be better connected. It improves focus.
After your daily juggle practice, you can even sit back and relax to become a better driver. On internet, especially youtube, you will find more free tips that will help you to become a more complete race driver. Take your time to look for the information you need and if you cannot find anything useful, then go check out these websites / channels:
- Driver 61 (Scott Mansell)
- Speed Secrets (Ross Bentley)
- The Race Driver Coach Show [Season One] [Season Two] (Enzo Mucci)
- Safe is Fast
- Jonathan Goring – Free Wisdom
Make notes while watching these shows. Download their free tools on their websites and subcribe on their mailing lists. It’s really helpful and won’t cost you a dime. If you have Netflix we can advise you: Shelby American and of course Drive to Survive.
Trackmaps are also helpful. If you already know what tracks your racing serie is going to visit you can start off now by downloading trackmaps and print them. Put together a file with all your notes written out. Wet lines, dry lines, dangerous bumbs or curbs. Draw yourselfs overtaking points and lines. Visualize what you know and check the facts.
Whatever you think that will help you the next time you will visit a track, just write it down on a printed track map. You have nothing to lose when doodling on a piece of paper, but it will help you win. And even if you haven’t been to some of the tracks before you can already start with looking at a track map. Zoom in at Google Earth to see details that will help you to get familiar with the track, even before the racing season starts.
Invest your spare time to become faster, safer and more focussed. Driver Coach Dennis will help you with 1 on 1 coaching and a custom driver development program. We can provide interesting events like workshops, trackwalks and seminars. During these events we’ll o in-depth on the topics with professional, proven methods that work.
Use the winter break well: Join us and get ready!
Dennis Drenthe – Driver Coach Dennis
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Photo credits Max Verstappen juggle balls: Getty Images