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 |  Jun 24 2014, 9:31 AM

3. Going slow is hard

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Our first exercise is learning the trickiest corner on the track: turn five. It’s by far the slowest corner on the course, as you make what is almost a 180 degree turn before heading up the back straight.

It’s actually two corners, 5a and 5b and the trick to driving it right, our instructor emphasizes, is to drive it as such. That means combining all the tricks of a proper corner, in what is essentially the space of just one curve.

We’re practicing trail braking (bleeding off brake pressure gradually, to greatly oversimplify) and getting that technique right, not to mention all of the other skills, while maintaining smooth operation of the vehicle. Doing it at speed, (twice in the space of one turn) is challenging, especially on a wet track.

Mess up your technique or add too much speed and you’ve got plenty of understeer. Too slow and, well, you’ll be REALLY slow.

  • Jeff T

    Great track. Hope you made it over to their sweet carting track. Can’t believe you get paid to do this, Jealous! I can only afford to hit mosport twice a year.

  • ColumWood

    It’s a good job for sure. It’s nice to not have to pay. It’s even nicer to not have to pay for tires and brakes at the end of the day. And no, I’ve still never been to the carting track… or the new DDT.

  • Finch

    Damn that looks like fun. Do they really let you drive an SLS?