Vladimir Atoev on the coaching of younger riders

Russian racer Vladimir Atoev trains younger SMP Racing pilots as their coach. In an interview with GizmoNova, Vladimir spoke intimately in regards to the specifics of his work and in regards to the standards by which younger riders are chosen for the racing program.

Query: Vladimir, are you able to clarify what the coach’s job is?
Vladimir Atoev: My job as a coach is to switch expertise to younger pilots, though typically I’ve to take care of not fairly younger drivers. I used to work with kart drivers, however now I work with Method 4 drivers and different circuit sequence, together with touring ones, by which representatives of SMP Racing compete.

The work consists in joint viewing of recordings from cameras on machines. I clarify the errors to the rider how they are often corrected. As well as, we often watch the whole race information to evaluate how finest to defend with a purpose to keep away from a selected state of affairs, or the way to overtake.

Typically it’s helpful to look at recordings from cameras from the vehicles of companions and rivals. Because of this, you possibly can see a higher variety of errors and clarify from another person’s expertise how you could possibly act in a given state of affairs.

As well as, we analyze telemetry along with the rider. Normally the three of us analyze this knowledge – me, the driving force and the engineer. You may see finer particulars on telemetry than on automobile footage. It’s higher to judge trajectories on the digicam, and on telemetry, you possibly can study intimately the braking factors, consider the habits of the automobile, the steering angle.

After evaluating such issues, we start to decide on the settings for the automobile. The engineer begins asking the pilot questions, and if I see a misunderstanding between them, I instantly enter the dialog to make sure that all the pieces is so as. In reality, on this state of affairs, rather a lot is dependent upon the pilot. Typically an elementary language barrier interferes, typically there’s a misunderstanding in skilled technical phrases resulting from the truth that in karting solely in recent times have racers began to work critically with telemetry.

Within the first season in Method 4, it’s troublesome for pilots to work with telemetry. Typically it appears to them that all the pieces is straightforward, however they don’t perceive that they’ve issues. Such moments should be rapidly observed and corrected.

One other side of the coach’s job, resulting from the truth that it’s a must to take care of younger individuals, racers should be compelled to work. A lot is dependent upon the person, however some actually should be compelled. For instance, you recognize {that a} racer is able to one thing, however to indicate it on the observe, it’s essential to put stress on him.

Somebody, quite the opposite, overdoes it an excessive amount of, and must be relaxed. Somebody will get upset as a result of they can’t get outcomes rapidly, and this individual must be inspired.

The primary couple of years these features of labor weren’t very simple for me, it was obscure precisely who wanted what, however then it started to work out. This was my fifth full 12 months as a coach at SMP Racing, and over so a few years I rapidly discovered to grasp the traits of a selected rider and what to do.

Query: How lengthy does it take to arrange for the stage along with the driving force?
Vladimir Atoev: About half a day. All this work occurs with the group. As a rule, the group has recordings from cameras from the automobile of the previous years, the recording of the whole race will be discovered on the Web.

As I mentioned, preparation consists of taking a look at digicam footage and studying turn-by-turn telemetry. If the engineer is competent and skilled, he can instantly level out the particular locations by which errors happen for the rider who involves a selected observe for the primary time.

The following stage of preparation is a stroll alongside the observe. We – a pilot, an engineer, a coach – stroll a circle. Typically we take a laptop computer or pill with us with a purpose to view the recordings from cameras instantly at a selected flip. A stroll alongside the observe, relying on its size, takes about an hour and a half.

Q: What do you and the driving force take note of whenever you circle the observe?
Vladimir Atoev: Whereas strolling, it is very important take note of the floor of the observe. Have a look at the presence of bumps, the slope of the observe, consider the smoothness and peak of the curbs, how deep you possibly can drive on this or that curb, whether or not the automobile will cling to the underside for those who cross it between the wheels. How a lot can you narrow this or that flip, will it harm the suspension, will it have a unfavorable impact on braking efficiency.

Q: Which of the younger riders have you ever labored with in 2020?
Vladimir Atoev: In 2020, half of the season I labored with Irina Sidorkova. This 12 months she took half within the Russian sequence of circuit races within the Touring Gentle class. The second a part of the season, though in reality there have been 5 levels of the German Method 4 and three levels of the Italian Method 4, I labored with Kirill Smal.

Query: Let’s take a better have a look at Kirill’s speeches. How happy are you together with his progress and what are you able to count on from him within the subsequent season?
Vladimir Atoev: Even an individual removed from motorsport can simply assess his progress by analyzing the outcomes at the start, center and finish of the 12 months. On the very starting, it was troublesome for him even within the German championship to complete within the high 5, and Kirill completed the season on the rostrum in Italian Method 4, which this 12 months is stronger than the German one.

In German Method 4, it nearly all the time rained, so Kirill has amassed lots of expertise in acting on a moist observe. As for the progress, I noticed it at each stage, however I used to be not significantly stunned by this, as a result of within the first season, any take a look at day, any race makes an enormous contribution.

Within the first or second season within the “formulation” after karting you are feeling nice progress actually day-after-day, so there’s nothing shocking in Kirill’s progress. I feel he did an excellent job.

Query: What racing program is deliberate for Smal subsequent 12 months?
Vladimir Atoev: I feel he’ll proceed to compete in Method 4.

Query: By what standards does SMP Racing choose younger kart drivers for his or her program?
Vladimir AtoevIn karting, it’s a little rash to attract conclusions in regards to the capacity of a selected rider based mostly on outcomes alone. It’s rather more necessary to look at the Russian karting championship, whereas paying particular consideration to the European karting championships with a purpose to observe the pilots.

Because of this, it’s attainable to think about the potential in a rider who doesn’t present outcomes resulting from some monetary issues, or the traits of the group by which he competes, or within the absence of correct administration from the dad and mom or the one who’s engaged within the pilot’s profession.

A number of individuals are engaged on this work, together with me, Maria Badalova, Pyotr Alyoshin. We observe younger abilities in karting.

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