A bit of a click-bait title but I kind of mean it... I used to be active here, mostly with the R3E driving club (these guys are cool and great fun to drive with). And I have learnt quite a few things so I followed advice to the letter. It was a good idea except, maybe, for one thing, and I'd like to get more opinions on it: "Do not try to change the car settings until your laps are within .2 secs of one another".... I just got back to hotlapping on AC (after a year off or so), having a lot of fun and trying the "New generation" challenge (Porsche GT3 on Zandvoort). My laps were all over the place, so was the car... I got a bit frustrated and I broke the rule, I downloaded settings for this car/track (I do not remember who posted them but thanks). Within 2 laps, I was improving my best lap time. Now that's nice, but I know it might end up counter-productive. What really changed, though, is that I can actually control the car... Now my laps are still a bit all over the place, mostly because I get out of corners much faster, with much less oversteer, so I have to adapt to the fact that I go much faster on the straights which means that my previous breaking points have to be adapted. I expect to improve a lot more tonight. I remember when I was learning to play bass, everyone was saying: Start with a low tempo and increase slowly, play with a metronome... This was utterly boring, so I ended up playing less, then decided... Forget it, I want to have fun. I enjoyed it more, played more, and started to see real progress. Then I asked those who were repeating the "start slow and then increase" mantra what their practice looked like. All of them told me: I just turn on the music and jam on it... None of them ever applied what they were preaching... I wonder if it isn't the same here. How many here really use the AC default settings (they are usually quite bad in my experience) until their laps are within .2secs of one another? Bonus question: How many gave up because they were not having fun and could not achieve the holy ".2 secs" goal?