THE INSIDER’S GUIDE
Previously in the Insider’s Guide series, in Episode 40, we dived into the basics of defending, taking a look at positioning, and what you can do to increase your chances of successfully maintaining your position from another driver without making contact.
In this week’s episode, we’ll be taking a look at some of the more advanced maneuvers you can perform in order to help maintain your racing position, and what you can do to counter some of the overtaking moves drivers may perform on you.
This is pretty much identical to the normal switchback, but this time you’re using it to hold or regain a position you’ve momentarily lost. It’s a great move to employ if the driver you’re defending from does manage to gain the inside line for the upcoming corner, or a driver decides to dive-bomb you. In the case of the dive-bomb, it’s a bit more difficult to predict, but letting them sail up your inside and switching back is a great way to counter it.
Just like the normal switchback, the key is to set yourself up for a good exit. Brake at your usual point and slow yourself a little more than you usually would. Delay turning into the apex and, once you know you can switch back underneath the car on your inside without clipping the back of them, turn-in and deliver the power down on exit.
If you get it right, you’ll out-drag your opponent on the exit and regain the position you temporarily lost.
One thing to improve your chances of making this work is by squeezing your opponent as far over the track to the inside as possible. At the last moment before the braking zone, dart back over to the racing line to open the corner up for yourself and leave them sitting on an extremely tight line. They’ll have a much tighter radius to turn through, whilst all you have to do is switch back underneath them in the usual fashion. This greatly improves your chances of pulling it off.
Parking On The Apex
Don’t take the name of this move too literally! This refers to reducing your speed to lower than the what you’d generally take the corner at. This is a great way to counter someone performing a switchback on you.
As you come into the turning point of the corner, continue to hold the brake as you make your way into the apex. What you’re essentially looking to do is to be around 5mph slower than the normal apex speed, blocking the path of your opponent, before accelerating out the corner yourself.
On exit, you can delay your application to the throttle slightly in order to hold a tighter line on the exit, blocking a driver from switching back under you. This does require some trust in the other driver, so only do it on those who you know are safe and will recognise what is happening, as you’re forcing them to back out of the throttle in order to avoid making contact with you. Unpredictable, and sometimes dangerous, this is a daring way to hold position.
Taking Away The Acceleration Zone
This is one of those moves that you can do if you’ve lost the high-ground into a corner and you have a driver on your inside.
What you need to do is hold the outside line, giving them racing room on the inside but also positioning your car just far enough ahead of theirs with some overlap which forces the other driver to delay getting on the throttle: with the correct position, the driver on the inside will be forced to wait to get onto the gas until you have, giving you a precious advantage.
This is great for long sweeping bends, but it does come with some risk, as there is a decent chance of contact if the driver on the inside does get hard on the throttle and understeers out into you, or they’ve taken a poor line coming in.
If they do hesitate though, you will have prevented them from completing their move up the inside, and with you getting on the power slightly earlier than the other driver, you should pull back in front of them to retain your position.
This is a very high-risk manoeuvre which puts the responsibility of avoiding contact fully on the other driver you’re defending from.
As a driver is looking to your inside and you come into the turning point, what you’ll do with this manoeuvre is slam the door fully-shut on them, chopping right across the nose and taking the usual racing line through the turn. This will force the other driver to back out of the move in order to avoid contact, costing them momentum, and help you to pull a bit of a gap.
You can only perform this if there is no overlap whatsoever between you and the other driver. If there is, there will be contact and it will be you going ’round in circles and then you’ll be with the stewards having to explain yourself.
Make sure to only perform this on drivers you can trust, and you know are safe and smart enough to back out and avoid the contact.
Reading how to do it is one thing, but watching how it is done gives a lot more insight. So strap in and enjoy Yorkie065 demonstrating these moves in this week’s episode of the Insider’s Guide to Project CARS 2.