The 7 deadly spins

Christianity brings us the seven deadly sins.

  1. Lust: Uncontrolled desire, often in a sexual or monetary context.
  2. Gluttony: Overconsumption and wastefulness, usually with food.
  3. Greed: Hoarding of material possessions. Opposite of generous.
  4. Sloth: Laziness, mostly in a spiritual context (e.g. not praying)
  5. Wrath: Hatred, anger, range, often against other people.
  6. Envy: A desire for what others have or sorrow for their successes.
  7. Pride: A belief that you are superior to others. This is considered the deadliest of the 7.

In the church of racing (which I just made up), there are seven deadly spins (the links below refer to previous YSAR posts).

  1. Lust: Your uncontrollable desire to go faster clouds your judgement about when to brake. By the time you realize you’re going too fast, you’re fail-braking out of control.
  2. Gluttony: You overuse the clutch. It’s not a brake, and using it as one makes you prone to down-shitting all over the track.
  3. Greed: Your oversteer recovery uses the whole track: left-right-left-right. Around here we call that a tank-slapper.
  4. Sloth: You’re lazy and rely on hope/faith instead of experience/skill. As you begin to run out of track, on-track-praying isn’t nearly as effective as opening the wheel.
  5. Wrath: Your anger in the slowness or incompetence of other drivers causes you to stomp on the throttle and spin out of control. Enjoy your instant karma-supra.
  6. Envy: When you see another driver spin, your immediate reaction is to take advantage of their misfortune by passing them as quickly as possible. Doing so, you walk straight into a dope-a-dope.
  7. Pride: You’re a little too enamored with yourself and your driving ability. You can’t help but show off. You love donuts, burnouts, and drifting. Hey everyone, look at me!

FYI, the team was banned for the season.

Fail-braking

Trail-braking is the act of gradually removing your foot from the brake pedal as you turn into a corner. Fail-braking is the act of stepping on the brake pedal as you turn into a corner. When you brake, weight shifts forward and traction shifts forward. If you’re in a corner, and your front tires have more grip than your rear tires, you get oversteer. When going downhill, your front tires have more weight than the rears even if you don’t brake. So what do you think happens if you brake in a downhill corner?

Ouch! I can’t imagine having the presence of mind to grab my helmet while anticipating a crash. That’s some seriously fast thinking.