From digest.v7.n491 Sat Oct 25 20:02:40 1997
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 1997 12:50:46 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Ruining brakes at Driver's School
In Digest #489, Paul Kunz states:
My wife had quite a few complaints that weekend that she didn't
allow people to pass her between turn 11 and turn 2. Her response
was that on exit she floored it and if you couldn't pass her that was
your problem not hers. I think she was right.
She was right, but only if she could make better lap times than those
behind her. If she got "quite a few complaints" then she was probably
quickly caught in the twisty bits and held fellow drivers up. Repeatedly
holding others up is a good reason for a black flag to discuss track
behavior. If the offense continues with no corrective action, then the
driver should be taken off the track for a session to think about it and
possibly sent home for the day.
If you see the same car in your rear view mirror lap after lap, GET A CLUE,
you may have higher staight line speed but are undoubtedly holding up the
parade. Club track sessions are not a race, you don't win by holding up your
fellow enthusiasts. Track sessions are set up with restrictive passing areas
to maintain safety. They don't allow the freedom to pass a slower car that
doesn't want to be passed because they do rely on driver courtesy. Besides,
if it were a race, that M5 would probably outbreak your wife at the next
corner and her bragging rights would be put back into pespective. Tell your
wife next time to leave her ego at home. Everyone will have more fun; no one
will be held up and your wife won't have to defend her driving habits. If
you both still think she is right, may I suggest that you get into club
racing or some other competitive venue.
I have been teaching high performance driving for several years and this is
one of the many things we stress. Sooner or later, your wife will meet up
with someone of like mind set who will get angry enough that they end up
doing something stupid which can jepordize the paint of two vehicles, let
alone the safety of all involved.
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