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    Default 2012 DDP Basic Semester



    The CMS Driver Development Program (DDP) originated as a way for new drivers to become introduced to the hobby and learn the skills needed to compete in the higher level events at CMS and beyond. Specifically Paul and Jim noted there the big hurdle for someone new to simracing who wanted to race in the CMS Le Mans series, and created something to help bridge that. This was more than 3 years ago, and the DDP has turned out many successful drivers. under Jim and Pauls leadership, many simracing vets have found the DDP as a good place to learn new tricks and sharpen the skills they already have.

    As Jim had to step away from the hobby, Phil asked David if he could work with Paul to relaunch the DDP. David agreed, and Phil and Paul have worked with a number of talented driver-instructors to create what we hope is a comprehensive, informative, and most importantly ACTIONABLE set of topics to help grow your skills in simracing. There will be three semesters, Basic, Intermediate, and Advanced, with a clear development of skills to take a driver from just starting up simracing all the way to the advanced skills needed for success in the Le Mans series, iRacing, or anywhere.

    Without further ado, here is the info for the Basic semester.

    Basic Semester
    Cars: Spec Miatas download here
    SpecMiata 2.2 Patch with DDP Required Patch note the file placement on the patch
    Tracks: Simple, club-type tracks
    --->Install this trackpack to locations directory
    --->Use the self-installer for VLM Sebring track


    2/7 Class @ Birmingham Club, Topic: Seating position, vision, control input, and steering technique
    2/21 Class @ Hallet CW, Topic: The Racing Line
    3/6 Class @ Motorsports Ranch 1.7 CW, Topic Starts, Acceleration, Shifting, and Braking
    3/20 Class @ Eagles Canyon 2.5 CCW, Topic: Round Table Q&A
    4/3 Q&A @ Sebring Club, Topic: Weight transfer/vehicle dynamics
    4/17 Class @ Lime Rock Park, Topic: Basic car setup
    5/1 Class @ Birmingham Club, Topic: Tire physics
    5/15 Q&A @ Motorsports Ranch 1.7 CW, Topic: Round Table Q&A
    5/29 Class @ Eagles Canyon 2.5 CCW, Topic: Learning a track
    6/19 Driver Coaching @ Lime Rock Park, Topic: One-on-one Driver Coaching
    7/3 Q&A @ Sebring Club, Topic: Round Table Q&A
    Note: Topics may change due to Instructor scheduling. We will keep this master schedule updated as possible.

    Server password is located here

    Typical DDP Event Night Schedule
    (All times are U.S. Central time)
    7:00 PM – 8:00 PM = Open Practice
    8:00 PM – 8:30 PM = Classroom (Instructor Presentation, Roundtable, etc)
    8:30 PM – 9:00 PM = Practice
    9:00 PM – 9:15 PM = Race Qualifying
    9:15 PM – 9:20 PM = Race Warm Up
    9:20 PM – 9:40 PM = Race 1
    9:45 PM – 10:05 PM = Race 2 (Reverse Qualifying Order)
    10:05 PM – ? = Post Race Discussion
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    Please enroll me!!!, please!

    btw:
    I will need financial aid.

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    What is the time slot (CET) please?
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    Count me in. I noticed you have 4/18 which is a Wednesday. Is that correct?
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    Corrected 4/18 to 4/17. Thanks for the catch!

    Added typically DDP evening schedule. Including the optional practice, events run from 7-10pm CT. We are on CST now, not daylight savings so -6 GMT, 1a-4a GMT, or 2a-5a CET. Speaker is at 8p CST, 2a GMT, 3a CET.

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    I'll be there.

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    Love the Stig advertisement Phil
    I plan to attend as many DDP sessions as I can. I always learn something that helps with my racecraft. Tom Cav
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    I think there are some things i can still learn. Especially in Rfactor, just for fun

    count me in. I'll try to be there asmuch as i can, as long as it doesn't interfere with WRC

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    Very nice! See you there.

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    Does anyone know what the wheel rotation for these cars is? i use 540 but i don't know how much do they use

    thanks

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