THESE ARE JUST MY NEWB THOUGHTS...PLEASE TELL ME IF I'M WRONG!!!
works for me. whatever keeps me on the track and out of the weeds i'm cool with. looks like i need to work on my braking and throttle command, hence y i'm staying in B group.
I think you got your answers from everyone above, but I don't think, from a practical standpoint, that you should make zero engine braking
an immediate goal. Rather you should make braking later/harder your goal....with this end in mind, engine braking will go away on its own (engine braking is just really soft/premature braking).
I sometimes end up engine braking for a second or two because I'm in that zone where I personally can't really tell if I could still be safely on the throttle, but I can't really tell if it's too soon to brake (lack of track experience).
My desire to be smooth trumps my desire for down right short lap times. I simply don't have the skills yet to smoothly go instantly from throttle to front brake every lap, in every turn....as a result I end up "coasting" for a short moment here an there, as I smoothly roll off the gas and onto the front brake (yeah I know, this is treating the throttle/front brake as two controls, not one, but...)
If your braking is so early and so gradual that it involves engine braking followed by front braking, well then, that's just where you're at right now. As you get more and more comfortable, the window of engine braking between throttle and front brake will get smaller and smaller. Eventually you'll eliminate all engine braking and continue gradually braking later and harder.
Smoothness and baby steps, man....smoooove it out.....