What was your favorite course element?

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  • #1113
    Dave Sparks
    Participant

    The Top Driver Shootout is coming up fast, and I’m about to start work on the course design. I want to try to pack as many different fun elements into it that I can.

    What was your favorite element from any of the courses over the last couple of years? Also, if there’s some other element you really like that we haven’t done yet, let me know.

    Thanks,
    Dave

    #1114
    Rob Powers
    Participant

    How about a ‘randomized’ slalom that is driver’s choice? By randomized, I mean changing the spacing between cones and/or offsetting some of them 2-3 feet off the center line.

    The layout could be such that going one way through them could allow a faster entry but punish you on the exit from the element. Going the other way would punish you up front but allow a faster exit.

    Barring that, how about a decreasing-radius 270 degree turnaround (with the overlap on exit)..

    #1115
    Hal Dorton
    Participant

    The most difficult for me is the 180 degree turn after a high speed straight. I also like the wider courses to choose my own line.

    #1119
    James Keane
    Participant

    Here are a couple elements I like discovering.

    1. “Easter Egg” straights. Where you can make a short sequence of corners into a mini-straight if you get the line just right. See Station #5 at candlestick http://www.ggcbmwcca.org/media/kunena/attachments/47/20120729-candlestickSiteMap-FINAL.pdf

    2. “Dummy” corner cones. Where the cones marking a corner have nothing to do with the line you take to set up for the following corner. e.g. if you hug the inside line of the corner then you are going to exit at the wrong speed or angle.

    3. Like Hal, I like the challenge of high speed straights followed by heavy, tight braking which then leads to a medium speed something or the other. This punishes you if you overbrake or underbrake.

    James

    #1122
    Tony Holland
    Participant

    I have an idea… how about eliminating the “high speed” parts. Slaloms in a long corner are always exciting.
    Speaking for the cars with less than 175hp =D

    #1123
    Mark Mervich
    Participant

    I like slaloms with long enough spacing that they entice me to try to take them full speed in 2nd.
    Mark

    #1137
    Jack Yu
    Moderator

    I like the loops that cross over onto itself, creating the 4 way intersection.

    #1142
    Brian Shadle
    Participant

    [quote]I like the loops that cross over onto itself, creating the 4 way intersection.[/quote]

    That also makes a good cross-over point.

    We haven’t done this much this season, but a tight technical section where the cones are narrowly spaced and force you to put in some extreme steering inputs followed by a higher speed section are always fun (possibly into a hairpin turn).

    #1145
    Ratko
    Participant

    [quote=”bmerdoc” post=793]Speaking for the cars with less than 175hp =D[/quote]
    … and tails hanging out the trunk 😆

    #1158
    Jeff Roberts
    Keymaster

    [quote=”dacat” post=808]I like the loops that cross over onto itself, creating the 4 way intersection.[/quote]

    +1!

    I also liked the THill Turn 8-like corner/straight we had at this past weekend’s event.

    #1159
    Dave Dunwoodie
    Participant

    [quote=”jeffroberts” post=829]
    I also liked the THill Turn 8-like corner/straight we had at this past weekend’s event.[/quote]
    +1

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