3 Time Slip Simulator tips to help you go rounds

The Time Slim Simulator is packed with features to help you turn on more win lights. Here are three tips you can use to go rounds and get an advantage over the competition.

1 – Run generation

Introduced back in version 1.0.4, Run Generation allows you to create a time slip on the fly by entering your and your opponent’s dial-ins into the Time Slip Simulator.

Click the ‘Generate’ button on the Time Slip entry screen, select the race distance and enter the dial-ins.

Click ‘Ok’, and the Time Slip will populate with run data.

With Run Generation, you can run your next round before it happens, giving you an insight into track position and how the race could or should look, a huge advantage over your competition.

An example of the 'Generate' feature in action.
An example of the ‘Generate’ feature in action.

2 – Check for back-off

Just above the ‘Simulate’ button on the Time Slip entry screen is a check box. When this box is checked, the system will test whether the racer in either lane backed off before the finish line.

Run completion calculates the backoff distance – by comparing the previous time slip increment with the finish line ET. For example, compare your 1,000-foot time with the finish line ET to see if the ratio makes sense.

(By the way – this is what weather stations do when you use the run completion feature)

If the ratio doesn’t fit within the defined range, we assume the racer backed off. We calculate a point before the finish line to accelerate to and then slow down to the finish line, simulating the ‘whomp whomp’ at the top end.

There are a number of insights you get from the check for back-off feature:

  • It’s a more accurate simulation of what happens in a race and better illustrates track position
  • It can help you work out how much a competitor likes to hold when racing
  • You can experiment with your ET times to help determine where you should back off to scrub 0.01, 0.02 and 0.03 etc., from your ET
The red lines on the track represent the points at which each racer backed off.
The red lines on the track represent the points at which each racer backed off.

3 – Run Compare

Instead of entering the details from one time slip, enter 2 of your runs into the same time slip, one in the left lane and one in the right lane, so that you can compare and contrast your performance.

Rather than staring at increments on a piece of paper or trying to visualise differences in segment times (e.g. 60′ to 330′ times), you can view the differences in 3D and in real time.

This will help you understand how changes in weather and track conditions affect your performance. It will also help you investigate and analyse when your performance isn’t near what you expected.