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Best advice is to just keep doing it! Experience will make you better. Better tires can help too if you're using stock tires.
 

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Yup with autocross seat time is your #1 way to improve. Lots of people blame the car for being slow and spend tons of money on upgrades to try to go faster. Trust me, I have driven modded cars (poorly) and have been beaten by many seconds by awesome drivers in much slower classes. I do mod my cars, but that's because I enjoy it, not because I think it will make me faster on the autox course :) If your region allows it, ride with some of the fast guys. Seeing how it's done from inside the car can be a big help. One big plus from your video: I don't hear a ton of tires screaming for mercy. The biggest mistake n00bs make is trying to go too fast everywhere. Sometimes you have to go slow to be fast :)
 

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I hear ya on warm we do the Ice till the studded car tear it up and its more 4x4 track than street cars lol
 

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It looks like your arms are extended pretty far when you turn. Sit as close to the wheel and pedals as you can comfortably. This will give you a lot of extra control and make it much easier to make large movements smoothly.

And they are right, tire squeal through the whole course means the car is being over-driven. However, tire squeal is not a bad thing. It helps you to know how close to the edge of traction you are. If you don't hear tire squeal anywhere on course, you are probably under-driving.
 

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Yeah what Cligedy said ... I was going to mention about seat position. The standard test is to belt yourself in and then grip the top right corner of the steering wheel (about the 2 o'clock position) with your left hand. Your arm should still have some bend in it. If not then you are sitting too far away and you won't have the leverage needed for quick and accurate moves. Also agree on the tire noise ... some squealing is good and I heard a bit of that in your video. Tires begging for mercy at every turn of the wheel means you are trying way too hard so avoid that.
 

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My steering tip is to rest my wrists on the top of the wheel so the hands can flop over. That seems to be the best arm position for me.

Unfortunately I only waste time on forums at work so all videos are blocked. Also why I take so long for uploading pictures.
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I should probably double check but I found the seating position to be good when the seat back is one more click upright than the default.

I think we have a telescoping wheel but after I set the seat for pedal reach and moved the back I didn't feel the need to change anything else.
 

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As long as you can tolerate the headrest then it wont be default of the seat ;) :rotfl:

But seating postion as to seat height is a personal thing some folks like it low and some like it as high as they can get so the can see the corners of the car.. as long as it works for you its all good but don't be afraid to play around with it till you find your sweet spot..
 

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I had another event yesterday(2nd time autocrossing)

I tried to take all your guys advice and put them to use. I felt like I knew the car a little bit more this time around with weak points and strong points. I did not hit any cones and stayed on track the whole time. I Love this car!
 

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I should probably double check but I found the seating position to be good when the seat back is one more click upright than the default.

I think we have a telescoping wheel but after I set the seat for pedal reach and moved the back I didn't feel the need to change anything else.
I have a hard time wearing my helmet with the seat fully upright so I gangster lean it a bit.
 
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