This is a topic and skill set that most racers could use some help with.
When this technique is mastered you’ll find that your lap times will fall significantly and your level of Control and comfort in the car will increase,You’ll be able to spend more time focusing on driving and threshold braking if you don’t occupy yourself and your left foot with needless busywork.
In this video Max Pappis does use the clutch occasionally but that’s personal preference many drivers never touch it after they leave the pits.
For those of you new to this concept it’s a bit confusing as to how this can work it all? The answer to that question is,because of the special design of our transmissions.
If you are using a production gearbox with synchronizers this section is not for you!
Most of us NASCAR road racers are using Jericho or similar “dog-ring gear” type transmissions all of which are derived from Hewland’s original design in the 60s,which incidentally has been the standard production type on most motorcycle gear boxes for over 30 years!
As I said in the beginning this is a “skill set”and will definitely take some practice to master but it becomes much easier when you understand how this transmission is designed and that its meant to be driven this way.
When watching this video the thing to keep foremost in mind is “you must lift then shift” lifting releases the dog tooth interface that locks the transmission in each gear.
Timing is everything!
If you try to move the shifter before you time it properly by lifting the throttle,it gets ugly! But once you learn to orchestrate your right foot and right arm it’s a thing of beauty,as Max demonstrates in this video.
Check out this video on YouTube: