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Ev

Looking for ideas on how to deal with people who want to race cars not in their class.

 

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bpanther

Assuming the offending person is not in a direct battle with someone else in their class, here's a few ways to address. If the offending people are in a direct battle, each of the classes needs to do their best to not mess up the other class' race.

 

 

Always start with your Race Director if you don't know the other person. Let the RD know they are messing up your in-class racing. If you have video, get the RD a copy of it. The RD can then have a chat with that person and even show them the video of how they are goofing up your in-class race.

 

If you do know the offending party and feel comfortable talking to them, let them know in a friendly way that you would love to race them if the two of you found each other all alone on track. But.... since you are in a direct battle with in-class cars, you'd really can't afford to race against them since you have points/contingency/bragging rights on the line. Suggest ways of how they could help (and no not, "let me by and then block the others!!! ).

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jimgood

I lost positions a couple of times trying to be nice to HC drivers late in the Sunday race when my classmates followed them through. But it was fun trying to fight my way back.

 

I hope I wasn't one of "those guys." But if I was, I know I'd appreciate the feedback.

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JH36

Bill,

The soft approach. Talk to the driver after the race. It's often a rookie. I have asked how the race was, etc. I've offered suggestions and tips to rookies. Then I get into the interclass racing topic. Showing them video is a great idea. Often, a rookie doesn't realize it's happening. Hopefully, lesson learned!

I saw a rookie this weekend get a beat down on this very topic. Not cool and actually stepped in.

On the other hand, if the driver isn't receptive, I would go to the Liason then race director.

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Bill,

The soft approach. Talk to the driver after the race. It's often a rookie. I have asked how the race was, etc. I've offered suggestions and tips to rookies. Then I get into the interclass racing topic. Showing them video is a great idea. Often, a rookie doesn't realize it's happening. Hopefully, lesson learned!

I saw a rookie this weekend get a beat down on this very topic. Not cool and actually stepped in.

On the other hand, if the driver isn't receptive, I would go to the Liason then race director.

I have had mixed results taking the soft approach. Couple of years ago a legends car, one legends car, split me an in class car. I got around the slower car, but lost many car lengths taking me out of contention. I nicely mentioned it and was told "I race anything, them's the breaks".

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Bill,

The soft approach. Talk to the driver after the race. It's often a rookie. I have asked how the race was, etc. I've offered suggestions and tips to rookies. Then I get into the interclass racing topic. Showing them video is a great idea. Often, a rookie doesn't realize it's happening. Hopefully, lesson learned!

I saw a rookie this weekend get a beat down on this very topic. Not cool and actually stepped in.

On the other hand, if the driver isn't receptive, I would go to the Liason then race director.

I have had mixed results taking the soft approach. Couple of years ago a legends car, one legends car, split me an in class car. I got around the slower car, but lost many car lengths taking me out of contention. I nicely mentioned it and was told "I race anything, them's the breaks".

Did you then follow up with the race director?

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Bill,

The soft approach. Talk to the driver after the race. It's often a rookie. I have asked how the race was, etc. I've offered suggestions and tips to rookies. Then I get into the interclass racing topic. Showing them video is a great idea. Often, a rookie doesn't realize it's happening. Hopefully, lesson learned!

I saw a rookie this weekend get a beat down on this very topic. Not cool and actually stepped in.

On the other hand, if the driver isn't receptive, I would go to the Liason then race director.

I have had mixed results taking the soft approach. Couple of years ago a legends car, one legends car, split me an in class car. I got around the slower car, but lost many car lengths taking me out of contention. I nicely mentioned it and was told "I race anything, them's the breaks".

 

Yep, I would definitely take that to the man. A growth opportunity!

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Ev

Did you then follow up with the race director?

I didn't, but should have.

 

This weekend I made mention of it, but was looking for input so that I could get some other options

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JH36

It's a good drivers meeting topic. Will suggest for next event.

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JH36

Did you then follow up with the race director?

I didn't, but should have.

 

This weekend I made mention of it, but was looking for input so that I could get some other options

 

Bill, sent you an email.

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Ev

 

Bill, sent you an email.

Received and replied.

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juliancates
It's a good drivers meeting topic. Will suggest for next event.

 

Doesn't Chris usually go over this at _every_ driver's meeting?

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jimgood
It's a good drivers meeting topic. Will suggest for next event.

Chris requested very clearly at the Sat. driver's meeting that we not race out-of-class cars. There was no ambiguity other than when there are multiple cars in each class and the faster class is trying to pass. Then it was something like, "Just work it out." But he was clear about single cars getting in the middle of a out-of-class battle.

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Ev
Doesn't Chris usually go over this at _every_ driver's meeting?

He does, and did. Seems to leave their mind after the helmet goes on.

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t500hps
Doesn't Chris usually go over this at _every_ driver's meeting?

He does, and did. Seems to leave their mind after the helmet goes on.

 

 

Yes he did! I found myself alone in the Thunder race (thankfully out front). I'm CMC which is basically the slowest class on the entire group.....so I'm getting passed by out of class cars ALOT! Today I watched video of a GTS2 car get held by a slow running AIX car for roughly 10 laps!!!! Damn AIX car would pull a large lead on the straight and give it all up by T5....leaving the GTS car to watch his competitor pull hundreds of yards of lead.

 

At some point someone is going to get punted over this crap.

 

(BTW: If anyone EVER has a MA-CMC car really holding them up, come let us know. Not only are all the guys receptive to constructive criticism, the rest of the group will bust their balls to make sure it doesn't happen again! LOL)

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Savington
At some point someone is going to get punted over this crap.

 

You only touch a hot stove once.

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