What's one tip you would give fellow simracers?

More and more racing fans become simracers everyday. But our community is a complex one that can leave newcomers like a bunny in the headlights. What is one tip you would give fellow simracers?

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The simracing community is certainly a growing one. Less so than in the height of the pandemic, but more and more racing fans are still making their way to the hobby of pretending to drive.

Such growth means many newcomers are entering the hobby with little to no experience. A long list of games one can try out, countless pieces of hardware and many accessories one can buy and an online community that can arguably appear somewhat toxic. Simracing is most definitely not the easiest of hobbies to get in to.

That's what this little piece is all about. It's time to put down the pitchforks, settle the debates and throw on an aura of positivity. Surely we all know someone that's attempting to get in to simracing and we'd all want them to have a good first experience of the hobby. So what would be one tip you would give your fellow simracer?

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This doesn't have to focus on newbies. In fact, judging by iRacing voice chats and countless Discord server rants, it seems many a simracer would love to provide other experienced enthusiasts with their advice. Although these rants often turn out to be attacks rather than constructive.

Advice from a writer​

As usual with this type of discussion, I will leave my take on the matter here.

As a simracer that has often enjoyed online competition, I am starting to lose motivation for competitive online services. This is mostly due to a concern when it comes to the safety ratings they offer.


Before entering a race, I frequently worry that a fellow racer will take me out, handing me half a dozen incident points. On the other hand, I fear I could ruin other racers' fun by causing incidents myself. Wanting for everyone to have a good time, this can often be a burden on one's mind when racing.

But if you see the bigger picture, you shouldn't have to worry about incident points or ratings. Be it online, in leagues or offline. Race because it's what you want to do rather than to chase rating points. Certainly don't stop yourself from participating or having fun in fear of losing safety rating. It can always be recovered in later races. Stop focusing on the numbers when racing.

What advice would you give your fellow simracers?
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Angus Martin
Motorsport gets my blood pumping more than anything else. Be it physical or virtual, I'm down to bang doors.


Have a lot of patience with others, but really a lot, not even that of a saint is enough for all the blasphemies you will bring down even after a simple contact. But then the satisfactions come... Have good races ;)
Learn best practices. Driving fast isn't as intuitive as you might think. If you don't know how to drive properly practice is only going to enshrine bad habits and incorrect techniques. You need to listen to people who really know what they're doing, they will teach you how to judge your driving so that you actually get better.
I once read a guide on NoGripRacing called "How to brake" and it was the most informative thing I read in years - I went in thinking "be serious, what can you teach me about braking?" but it completely changed my approach; being very firm initially and then backing off when you feel the grip start to loosen made me so much faster than my previous approach.

"Don't worry about setup tweaking" would be the first thing I'd say to newcomers though. Regardless of how the car is, learn to drive it with the default and then make tweaks if you need to, starting with the basics - but you won't change the fundamentals of a car's handling.
You have human tunnel vision, your eyes want to focus to the center of the screen. Keep looking as far away as possible, in the corners as well. You'll naturally steer to where you look and will eventually apply the correct amount of throttle, instinctively.
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Do you prefer to be appreciated on track as a nice guy, or considered as being a ass.......
Just choose your way.

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