Do You Prefer Practicing Alone or With Friends?

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Do you prefer practicing in groups or alone?


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Improving your driving in sim racing can be hard. Much like in real motorsport, nothing can substitute seat time, and practice is the key word that keeps getting mentioned whenever beginners ask how they can get better behind the virtual wheel. There is no universal way of doing this, however, as there are different preferences regarding company during practice sessions.

With team-based endurance races being among the most popular forms of events in sim racing today, taking to the track together to figure out a setup, techniques and certain lines for the car you are going to be racing should be a given. Drivers are going to spend up to 24 hours together for endurance events, after all - but practicing with teammates or friends can have its benefits for sprint races as well.

Upsides & Downsides of Team Practice​

Different minds can think of different solutions or advice on how to overcome problems with the car or setup. The collective experiences of a group of drivers usually helps those that are not as experienced or slower than the rest to become quicker, which in turn helps team efforts - or make for tighter competition in leagues or other sprint events. Additionally, it can be just plain fun to chat with friends or friendly drivers during practice.

Of course, this can also mean a downside: Some drivers can concentrate better when there is nothing in the background to distract them. The engine noise and occasional Crew Chief message is enough for them, so they may prefer practicing at least without being in a voice chat. Others might prefer to have the track to themselves and practice alone for that reason, enabling them to learn the ins and outs of a track better.

Your Thoughts​

As with many things in sim racing, this question comes down to preference, so we want to know what you think: Do you like having friends and other racers on the track with you when you practice or are you more of a solitary type when it comes to these sessions? Let us know in the poll and share you opinion in the comments below!
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I got one friend who enjoys cars as much as I do and he isn't on the sim as much as I am. Alone it is.
 
As a proper simracer i think that practising alone its more than ever cause its the time to full focus yourself on track and mor than that the track is clear ;)
 
In iRacing it was allways with others/online up to an official race.
Much like you would up to a RL race.
Now in AMS2 allways SP.
The few times I have made an online practice lobby in AMS2 most (or all) joining obviously didnt even know the track.
In the first corner they obviously didnt know to turn left or right.
No reason using time on such imbeciles :rolleyes:
 
In iRacing it was allways with others/online up to an official race.
Much like you would up to a RL race.
Now in AMS2 allways SP.
The few times I have made an online practice lobby in AMS2 most (or all) joining obviously didnt even know the track.
In the first corner they obviously didnt know to turn left or right.
No reason using time on such imbeciles :rolleyes:
Same thing in iRacing, idiots everywhere, from rookies to license A ... no difference, really ...
 
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Depends ! To improve your racecraft it's always good to practice with friends of greater or lesser experience ! Not everything has to be done during the race !! You can always learn from friends or foes ! I like to talk racing line, braking points, setups and so on !

The problem with solo practice is the lack of external feedback. The clock don't lie, but you never truly know about your speed until facing opponents !

But if the goal is to simply chill and drive around, I'll go for it ;)
 
I race and practice alone. When learning and improving at a track, I can't see how having other racers there would help me get the telemetry data I use for improvements. In race scenarios. from what I have seen on Youtube, I can't say that the AI in RF2, ACC, ACC AMS2 or PC2 is any worse than real people online.
 
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Depends ! To improve your racecraft it's always good to practice with friends of greater or lesser experience ! Not everything has to be done during the race !! You can always learn from friends or foes ! I like to talk racing line, braking points, setups and so on !

The problem with solo practice is the lack of external feedback. The clock don't lie, but you never truly know about your speed until facing opponents !

But if the goal is to simply chill and drive around, I'll go for it ;)
I guess that depends on your goals. If you want to be just a better driver period, other people are not needed. If you want to be a racer, then absolutely you will have to learn how to read a race and everything that goes into it. For that you need............................................................AI. :D
 
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I race and practice alone. When learning and improving at a track, I can't see how having other racers there would help me get the telemetry data I use for improvements. In race scenarios. from what I have seem on Youtube, I can't say that the AI in RF2, ACC, ACC AMS2 or PC2 is any worse than real people online.
Never got round to using telemetry. I know I should and that it would help but I guess I'm too lazy to get into how to go about it.
 

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