I just started (got to Wood League 2), and I'm rather confused about what the target location which I specify in the output actually does; how it's used to calculate what the pod does next, and how it's affected by the physics; what the images of the pod race actually represent.
Some plausible explanations that come to mind:
a) the thrust I provide is applied directly toward the target (but there's inertia from my previous speed, and that's why the pod 'overshoots');
b) the thrust is applied in a direction that gets the pod closer to going toward the target, but there is some maximal amount of turning the pod can do in a turn, which no one told me about (and there's probably still also inertia)
c) there's some more complex function that calculates the direction of the thrust based on my desired target
I suspect it's b), and the next level will tell me how it actually works, but it's a bit frustrating to have to guess. There's tons of text in the problem spec anyway, why not throw in the actual workings of the pod somewhere?