The world of sim racing is as exciting as the real deal. Why? Because you are racing in a simulator that is as close to the real thing as you can get without being on the track itself.
But, just as beginning in real life motorsport training, as does training on the best home racing simulator.
Let’s take a look at three top tips for sim racing newcomers.
1. Learn the fundamentals
Naturally, it’s crazy tempting to want to get involved with the big leagues of sim racing. Formula 1, LMP1, GTE – the list goes on, however, this is a surefire way to crash as soon as you get out onto track.
Just with driving on the commuter road – or racetrack – you need experience in learning the fundamentals.
Try something like Gran Turismo Sport or Project Cars 2 to get started. If they are unavailable, you should just select any RWD, low-powered and light vehicle to get you going.
Next you need to pick a racing track. Go for one that is quite cruisy with one of the aforementioned cars and you should be setting yourself up for some serious practise.
2. Take your time
You have to take your time to become a great sim racer, just as you have to take your time to become a good everyday driver. This is important because you want to learn every new track slowly.
When racing later on, you’re going to want to know that track like the back of your hand. Therefore, it’s vital that you take your time to understand the track, its contours, bumps, turns etc.
Finally, if you try to go too fast too quickly, you will not take the time to learn the fundamentals of sim driving. Braking and accelerating cannot be done when you’ve tried to go too fast too soon as you fall into a tense, uncomfortable rhythm.
So, take your time to learn the ropes and the nuances of sim racing without overdoing it and trying to go too fast too soon.
3. Don’t use assists
It’s not as if when you get older you keep the bumpers on at the bowling alley, so why keep any assists on when learning to become a sim racing pro? Assists like auto clutch, brake assists and the driving line may be tempting, but they will only slow you down in the long run.
The racing line and braking zones are typically slower or what the rest of the drivers will usually take. If you’re braking 10m before your competitors you are going to really struggle to get ahead.
Finally, there are sim racing games out there that come without assists, and so you can only drive without anything helping you. This is great if you want to learn how to drive properly and without the pace drawbacks of driving assists.
It’s much harder to unlearn using assists than it is to simply begin without them – though it may be tempting to use them at first you will only end up hating them later when they are making you lose race after race.
4. Avoid racing early on
Look, sim racing can be a difficult sport, and you don’t want to get discouraged early if you come across a field that has years more experience than you do. It’s a good idea to work on your skills and fundamentals before jumping into races.
This might sound boring, but you won’t regret it later on when you come into the field and work your way up to pro level!