​​Performance Driving Notes

​by John Norrington

​John Norrington has over 40 years racing experience and over 10 years experience as a performance driving coach. In these pages John imparts some useful information on common topics he faces while coaching drivers.


​This topic crops up time and again and with all drivers – even professionals. Overdriving implies you are driving the car too hard – over the limit.

  • Entering corners too fast
  • Getting on the power too soon
  • Braking too hard and too late

It’s all happening too fast and the car feels ahead of you instead of you being ahead of it. It creates a major loss of time. It also destroys all your efforts to go faster. Trying harder is not the way to go faster. It is driving consciously not driving in the Zone.

The Cure.

  • Recognise it
  • Re-focus
  • Set realistic goal
  • Use self discipline

So revisit your technique and retain that structure so that you drive better not what appears to be faster.

​More Driving Notes:

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​Pre-Season Priorities…

​Ways To Improve Your On Track Driving

​Here is a list of things you should focus on to improve your on-track driving…

​​Throttle Steering

​​Every time you change the direction of travel you do so by rotating the car around a point in the centre of the car. At the novice and intermediate level the only way you can rotate the car is to turn the steering wheel…

​​​Castle Combe Track Guide

​​​If you are planning a track session at the Castle Combe circuit the link below is John's guide to the track and how to approach it.

​​​​Track Day Guide

​John Norrington’s guide on all you need to know to get on track at a trackday.

​John Norrington Experience


ARDS Approved Coach
MSA Level 2 Coach
Institute of Advanced Motorists
APDI Member
Association of Track Day Organisers
Specialist Driving Skills Agency
Mazda MX5 on track

​Safely Fast’s Mazda MX5