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A U T O C R O S S

The Habits of
Highly Effective Autocrossers:
Habit Nine
By Jack Raymond | Photos by Natalie Speth

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utocross season is again upon us; see the Calendar and Coming Events camber as you can get with your stock suspension in front, then match that in
at the front of this magazine. As observed previously, there's always the rear.
room for improvement. Let's recap the autocross tips and habits from *Tip: Arrive at your competition event with just ¼ tank of gas so as not to
carry excess weight.
the last four articles before moving on:
* Habit 1: LOOK AHEAD, THINK AHEAD
* Tip: Leave the car unmodified; run what you brung.
- Keep looking and thinking around two seconds in front of the car
* Tip: Go to an autocross school or two and as many events as you can.
during the entire run.
- Focus on training the driver, training the driver, and training the driver.
- The car goes where the driver is looking.
*Tip: Dial in your tire pressures by chalking the tops of the sidewalls
- Position the car for what's coming up next.
and experimenting with pressures, judging the results by how much
* Habit 2: ENTER WIDE, EXIT TIGHT
chalk is rubbed away and, more importantly, by your times on the course.
- Almost all the critical turns in
* Tip: If you're ready to seriously
autocross demand a late
commit to autocross, acquire a
apex.
set of extreme performance
- Corollary 2a: Think of the
summer tires and a set of
course as being a series
OEM-size, lighter-weight wheels
of arcs, not a series of line
on which to put them. (www.
segments.
tirerack.com is a good source.)
* Habit 3: Take the corners by
* Tip: Get a competition aligndriving IN SLOW(ER) and OUT
ment with a little toe-out in
FAST(ER). If there's any tradefront, and dead-neutral toe in
off to be made between entry
the rear (for front-wheel-drive or
speed and exit speed, then
all-wheel-drive cars) or half the
favor exit speed. If the car is
rear toe-in of the factory specification (for rear-wheel-drive
(Top) Another stiff suspension; background - someone overdrove that car! (Above) Dont pushing & plowing (understeering) or sliding tail-waycars), plus as much negative
overdrive the car.

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of der Bayerische March/April 2020

Intro page
PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE
THE STEERING COLUMN
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
COMING EVENTS
Join Us at the May HPDE at Summit Point’s Jefferson Circuit
2019’s Penultimate DIY Event for Ultimate Driving Machines at BMW of Sterling
2019 Tours Recap and 2020 Preliminary Tour Schedule
November DIY at Bimmer Werks
Driving Through A Looking Glass And Other Strange Sights
December DIY at Craftsman Auto Care
Meet the BMW CCA Raffle Grand Prize Winner: NCC’s Ben Wibisono
Advantages of a Custom-Installed Radar Detector
2020 BMW X2 M35: The BMW GTI
The Habits of Highly Effective Autocrossers: Habit Nine
NEW MEMBERS LIST
der Bayerische March/April 2020 - Intro page
der Bayerische March/April 2020 - Cover1
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der Bayerische March/April 2020 - 1
der Bayerische March/April 2020 - PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE
der Bayerische March/April 2020 - THE STEERING COLUMN
der Bayerische March/April 2020 - COMING EVENTS
der Bayerische March/April 2020 - 5
der Bayerische March/April 2020 - Join Us at the May HPDE at Summit Point’s Jefferson Circuit
der Bayerische March/April 2020 - 2019’s Penultimate DIY Event for Ultimate Driving Machines at BMW of Sterling
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der Bayerische March/April 2020 - 2019 Tours Recap and 2020 Preliminary Tour Schedule
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der Bayerische March/April 2020 - November DIY at Bimmer Werks
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der Bayerische March/April 2020 - Driving Through A Looking Glass And Other Strange Sights
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der Bayerische March/April 2020 - December DIY at Craftsman Auto Care
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der Bayerische March/April 2020 - Meet the BMW CCA Raffle Grand Prize Winner: NCC’s Ben Wibisono
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der Bayerische March/April 2020 - Advantages of a Custom-Installed Radar Detector
der Bayerische March/April 2020 - 2020 BMW X2 M35: The BMW GTI
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der Bayerische March/April 2020 - The Habits of Highly Effective Autocrossers: Habit Nine
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