April 14, 2023

How To Go Fast While Defending Your Position On Track

Colin Mullan


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The trick to defending and maintaining speed is knowing when and where to defend. If we defend into every corner then we are losing too much lap time. We have to know where the likely overtaking places are, where we are strong, and where the car behind is stronger.

Notice here at Road America, Colin Mullan shows that he knew he had the top speed advantage. That meant he didn't need to worry about being overtaken into turn 1, 3, 5, or Canada Corner.

That means he only really had to defend into turn 6 and 8. The next part to know is how to judge if we need to defend into the corners we have identified. This one is a judgement call but typically if the car behind is within 2 - 3 car lengths behind us we'll likely want to defend.

When we defend notice that Colin doesn't go ALL the way to the inside. He covers enough off the inside that a car can't fit there but doesn't compromise himself too much by being too far to the inside. He then fades back to the inside (make sure you still give the car next to you room) before the turn in point to open up the radius of the next corner as much as you can.

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Colin Mullan

2020 GT4 America Champion

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I’ve been racing nearly my entire life, with experience in everything from open-wheel racing, touring cars, to GT and prototypes. In 2020 I won a GT4 America Championship driving with Andretti Autosport, and have been recognized as one of the most winning drivers in GT4 racing in the US. My goal as an instructor is to teach you the “how and why” to improve as a driver. It’s easy to tell you what to do to be faster, but becoming a better driver on track takes more than that.

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