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PostPosted: Tue Mar 28, 2017 10:10 am    Post subject: Race Etiquette?  Reply with quote

When a faster car catches you, whose responsibility is it to make the pass? The one in front of the faster car, or the one trying to make the pass? Because l must be doing this wrong? lt seems to me that the one in front should race his line, and it's up to the one trying to pass to execute a clean pass. My reasoning behind this is: lf the slower car takes evasive action to let the faster car go, this could cause a race ending wreck. This is RACING not a Monday Night Cruise. You should have to race for every position. Tell me where l'm wrong.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 28, 2017 7:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If a pass is for position, then you are correct. You never have to give it up or "get out of the way." You are allowed your one defensive move per straight, and I think most would prefer you didn't just give it up to them anyway because we are all here for racing.

It is different when the pass is not for position though.

If two cars are fighting for a podium spot and they make some contact when a passing move doesn't work, it's unfortunate but it makes sense; the drivers were racing hard for a spot on the podium. When the leader is attempting to lap a driver who is behind for whatever reason, where would the sense be in racing hard for it? Neither driver is gaining or losing a position, but it puts both drivers at unnecessary risk. If there is contact or damage as a result, the driver who is going a lap down is just going be further behind, and the leader could be losing his lead.

In many real-world series, they have no "lucky dog" style rule that allows cars to get their lap back if a caution comes out, so you sometimes see cars fighting the leader to stay on the lead lap. We do have that rule though, so there is nothing for the car being lapped to gain by fighting the leader off, however for the leader, it allows them to clear the traffic so they aren't held up, allowing the cars following them to catch up.

When in a situation with lapped cars, both drivers need to use their heads. Drivers who are going a lap down should not swerve out of the way or jump on the brakes or anything as it could result in a wreck, like you said. The car doing the lapping should also not take an unnecessary risks or make any crazy dive-bomb passes either.

If the driver that is about to go a lap down puts up a fight then it forces the hand of the overtaking driver. The leader is most likely in a hurry, as they have cars chasing them for the lead, and if a car is holding them up then it forces them to be more aggressive in trying to overtake that car so that they can maintain their lead. The more aggressive the overtaking car has to be, the higher the chance that an overtaking move won't go well and result in a collision.

The key is communication. The leader needs to inform the car they are coming up on so that they are aware of what's happening, and the car that is about to go a lap down needs to let the leader know that they are aware that they are approaching. Ideally, they would communicate a time/place where it is convenient to pass that puts both parties at as little risk for collision as possible, while also costing each other the least amount of time. Often it is "go up the inside at the end of the straight" and the car being overtaken will lift off before the braking zone a little to allow the other car to slip up the inside and then tuck in behind them, but of course it depends on the track, position on the track, the strengths and weaknesses of the cars, proximity of battles that are nearby, and so on.

Obviously it's a little more complicated when a leader comes up to lap two cars that are fighting for position. Respect (and patience) needs to be shown to the cars that are fighting for a spot, but again forcing the leader to be aggressive is perhaps more likely to ruin the fight than both drivers agreeing to let the leader past so they can continue their fight.

It all comes down to smart racing. There is always going to be some give and take, and during the race people need to ask themselves "what do I have to gain by doing this?" and "is the reward worth the risk?" and make the right decision... Which is easier said than done of course as the decisions need to be made in a split second sometimes.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 29, 2017 8:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

faster car needs to find a way around, unless car in front is being lapped then he needs to move out of the way. my opinion :)
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 29, 2017 8:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for clarifying that for me, l stand corrected. l mistakenly thought l should battle to stay on the lead lap.  Now that l know the right way, it won't happen again.

Keep doing what your doing. You guys have a good thing going.

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