How to master Nurburgring Nordschleife

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  1. Araripe

    Araripe Level 40 Staff Member Administrator

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    There is no easy way to master Nordschleife. If you really want to master this challenging track, you'll need to practice a lot, with different cars and conditions. There is no miraculous way to master such a big track without any effort. And how much time it takes until you are finally mastering it depends a lot on your dedication and previous experiences. If you are new to racing simulators, it's going to take a while. No worries, though. With dedication and concentration, everything is possible.

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    Drive through the entire circuit at least two or three times with a "normal" car like a Toyota GT-86. Do not worry about lap times. Not yet. All you need is to get used to the track, and learn all the braking spots. Don't even push too hard. This is extremely important, because you'll only be able to push your car to the maximum if you know exactly where are the breaking spots and the dangerous curves (Nordschleife has some slippery ones).
    After getting used to the track, you may start pushing your car to the limit. Gradually, of course. While driving at Nordschleife, your limits are tested as well. So, you need to match limits with your car. It's like playing guitar and singing: your voice and the guitar sound must match all the time, otherwise the music will not sound great. The analogy wasn't really good at all, but I hope you could get it. When you finally feel connected to your car, it means that you are finally ready for the next step.

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    After getting used to the track and your car, you are finally ready to race versus AI. Initially, opt for 3 laps and 9-15 cars. The difficulty is up to you. It's all about having opponents. There is a massive difference between hotlapping and a race. First of all, there is no pressure when you were alone. And there is also the fact that you need to worry about hitting someone, making a small mistake, getting out of the track, etc... It demands a lot more of concentration and experience to be able to race at Nurburgring without making any mistakes. Expect difficulties at the first races, but things will get easier as soon as you get used to multiple cars sharing the straight track with you. And yes, it takes some time. No pain, no gain.
    By now, you should be almost mastering the legendary track. It's all about pushing even harder now, after getting used to the track itself and also to the presence of multiple cars. And you probably know how to overtake at these straight roads as well. It all means that you are ready for the very last step. It's all about pushing you and your car to the ultimate limit. This limit, though, is infinite. There ain't no limits for a real fan of Nordschleife that is willing to practice a lot. The good lap times will come naturally as you get even more used to the track. But don't expect to reach insane lap times within a week or two. Takes a lot more than it. But it's worth it, of course. The sense of achievement after finishing a lap under 7 minutes is simply unutterable.
    That's how you master Nordschleife. As I said before, it's all about training a lot and pushing yourself and the car to the limit. What is the limit? Your dedication.
     
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    Nice! The 'Ring is one of the only tracks that I could consider myself great at :p Unfortunately I havent played Assetto Corsa yet, however in Race07 it is great fun to blast the WTCC cars around :D
     
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    Yep, it's extremely fun! Race 07 was a masterpiece ;) STCC cars were extremely great to drive as well.
     

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