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SPEED NEWS June 2016

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1. When upshifting to second, fourth and sixth, pull the lever straight back. Place your palm on the right side of the shifter and wrap your fingers around the front, with contact on the pads of your fingers and palm. 2. When downshifting, keep your hand in one position: palm on the right side of the shifter with fingers wrapped around the front, thumb on the left side. 3. When upshifting to third or fifth, use the meaty part of your palm and wrap your fingers over the top to push the lever away from you. D R I V I N G T I P S S hif ting technique has the potential to move you several spots in qualif ying or knock you off the podium. While shaving fractions of a second off each upshif t can result in improved lap times, smashing through the gears as quickly as possible can damage equipment and cause missed shif ts. In a heated battle, missing a shif t means losing a position or more. Assuming there are no mechanical issues — worn throw-out bearing, syncros, return springs, etc.— quick, smooth and precise shif ting comes down to technique: rapid clutch engagement, rev matching when downshif ting and guiding the shif t lever precisely into the next gear. The primar y mistake drivers make is gripping the shif t lever with all their strength. Transmissions have locating features designed into them. Muscling the shif ter can bypass these features, which leads to missing gates, damage and poor acceleration. Each gear change has a par ticular technique for optimal shif ting. Each hand position and movement provides maximum tactile sensitivity while optimizing the control forces to the mechanical movement between gates. When upshif ting to second, four th and sixth, pull the lever straight back. Straight action requires some effor t to overcome the neutral centering spring. Place your palm on the right side of the shif ter and wrap your fingers around the front, with contact on the pads of your fingers and palm. When upshif ting to third SHIFTING TECHNIQUE 1 2 3 20

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