Hmm - 7 year old thread revival...?
Solo events are a good way to acquire the basic handling skills you will need for the race course (you need to find a few more once you get there). A lot of people including myself started in autocross and it is a good cheap way to learn to drive. We had a friend in a stock NSU (a gutless German car few remember today) and he used to drive the other guys up the wall, because while the guys with 911s and Corvettes were out there ripping up the course rather noisily, he quietly posted the fastest time based simply on better car control and driving.
I have also noted that among the racers that started out with big V8 engined cars on the track, there are more who don't know how to drive really well compared to the group that started with an underpowered sports car and had to carve each corner as carefully and reproducibly as possible to save ever fraction of a second. In a fun slalom set up for a lark at a weekend race, in the parking lot, the guys driving the Bugeyes beat the Corvette guys, much to their disgust. In fact I used to whup a couple of guys in AMXs with my 1950s MG in the same way.
No question that there are more thrills in road racing than in slaloms, but solo is a great learning mechanism that shouldn't be discounted.
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