Makes sense to me Steve...but there is a guy on here that says he will never lose in a straight line...is that what you mean by "maximize HP per lap"?
Let's generalize for the sake of the beginner/newbie when it comes to driving a MIATA Specifically!
1. Brake as hard as you can in a straight line that does not lock up the wheels
2. Turn in as the brakes are released and transition immediately to the throttle...if you cant do this...you aren't slowing enough!
3. Use the whole track to unwind the wheel...apex to edge of track as you are 100% on the throttle!
4. Put your car in position as quickly as possible to repeat the above for the next corner.
Every track and every corner is unique and can be optimized...nothing here will tell you how to do that!
Did I say this advise was in general??? My point is this...if new drivers learn good habits from the very start...which IMO the above is...they will be ahead of the curve in learning advanced techniques to get everything out of the car(re-read Steves post above here...friction circle!). Basically this is another way of stating what Sphinx said his advise has been...exit speed first!
It is amazing how many drivers after being out for several years...still over drive the entries...always trying to gather the car. 1st comment out of their mouth...
"I catch EVERYONE under braking".
My response...maybe, does it work out?
Answer...they have more power and drive away!
Response..you are running about the same lap times?
Response...Did you know that at 100mph a .5 second gap is 74'(6ish car lengths)and at 40mph a .5 second gap is 29'(little over 2 car lengths)?
Answer...whats your point?
And so there is no confusion...these good habits, and improvements upon them, helping to achieve maximum speed thru out every aspect of every corner...leads to each individuals best lap time! Come race time...you will throw many good lap time habits out the window You'll have to learn a whole new set of race craft habits...which applies to other cars in front and behind you.
By that he meant essentially what’s discussed above as braking late and hard then getting back to the power as soon as the nose is aimed towards the apex.
There was some examples of this at this years Runoffs...unfortunately those drivers didnt take into account the car they had to drive thru