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5 Beginner Mistakes to Avoid in Simracing

Simracing is hard. For beginners, it can be a total minefield. Our latest video provides 5 helpful tips to avoid beginner mistakes in simracing.

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No matter what you do when you start out, it always seems like there’s something you’re doing wrong. Of course, there will always be a learning curve. Nobody hops into a car, virtual or real, and knows how to drive it quickly right off the bat. It takes time and practice to become a truly quick simracer.

However, with that being said, there are a few specific tips and tricks which can help you get off the ground a little bit quicker than you would otherwise. So, without further ado, here are some of the biggest beginner mistakes to avoid in simracing.

Not Using All the Road

One of the most common sights when observing new racing game players is a car which is positioned right in the middle of the road. Now, it’s true that this is the safest way to drive. Sometimes when starting out, it’s important to drive safe lines so that you can develop a solid foundation.

However, at some point you will need to start to attack the racing line a little more aggressively. Putting your wheels as close as you can to the grass on the outside of the track on entry to a corner will gain you laptime. Of course, the challenge is then to make sure you don’t clip the grass and cause yourself an accident.

Slow In – Fast Out

Most people who have been around the simracing scene for any time at all will have encountered this old cliché before. This mantra, the favourite of many a simracing coach, recommends that you prioritise your speed on the exit of a corner, rather than on the entry or in the middle. If you are compromising your exit by carrying too much speed through the corner itself, you will lose lap time overall.

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It sounds simple, and that’s because it is. However, when you’re out there driving it can be hard to bear this motto in mind. If you truly take in its message, though, you will find yourself with a far better understanding of what you should be doing in order to gain time.

That’s not all. There are many other techniques which can help you out when getting started. To hear our other tips to help you avoid making beginner mistakes in simracing, take a look at our latest video now.

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My name is Jacob and I have been writing for OverTake since November of 2020. I come from the UK, but I'm now living in Berlin. I love to watch, write about and sometimes shout about all forms of racing.