|Posted by Sean Ironmonger at 06:57 PM on Jun 06, 2012||Post #1|
What is the procedure for being lapped? Stay on the racing line or move over? Where is the best place to let the leader(s) pass? Any suggestions or tips are appreciated.
|Posted by Doug Spinster at 07:11 PM on Jun 06, 2012||Post #2|
I keep my line and let them do the passing proceedure where possible. I keep my speed in corners and chicanes keeping my line and once out of the area on a straight like I slow a little -20 or -30 on the speedo. I never slow to much that could cause a wreck, just enough to let them by easily. If you wanna know about oval track I stay high in the corners and let the cars pass below.
I am probably the most experienced in being lapped around here lol
|Posted by Bob Fay at 07:35 PM on Jun 06, 2012||Post #3|
It's preferable for you to just continue driving your line at speed, which will make you predictable. It's the passing driver's responsibility to make the pass cleanly. There's times when guys will give room, which is great. BUT!! When you get to the next guy, expecting him to make room too, and he doesnt...well that really makes it messy. Just stay consistent, it will help let the over-taker know where to expect you to be on the track when he decides it's time to make his move.
|Posted by Conor McCarrell at 07:46 PM on Jun 06, 2012||Post #4|
Yeah, just be predictable and smart about letting leaders by you. In most cases, you should hold your line until the leader can correctly pass you in a proper area of the track. That doesn't mean be stubborn and hold the leader up, but just be predictable. Otherwise, if there is a safe area on the track where a lapped car can move off the racing line at speed and allow the leader by without trouble, then that's fine, too...if you give proper notice ahead of time (be it headlights, or gradual move over well in advance of the leader's arrival).
|Posted by Kevin Brigden at 07:50 PM on Jun 06, 2012||Post #5|
Remember you are being lapped because the guy behind is sufficiently fast enough to have driven an extra lap. Just because he might not be driving right on your tail does not mean you are going fast enough to ignore him. Be sensible and make his job easier, it will save you both time in the long run. It is his job to make the pass happen safely but the lapped traffic can make this job a pleasure or a chore.
Use your mirrors - if you were him, where would you make a pass? If he is close enough for the sim to start throwing out blue flags at you he is close enough for you to put some serious thought into where you are putting your car on the track.
Be predictable and don't do anything drastic. The very best way is to allow the lapping car to come alongside into a braking zone and ease out of the throttle a few meters before you hit the brakes. This will allow him to fly past into the braking zone and take a better line - you will be able to slot in behind and sometimes even nail a tow!
|Posted by Luiz Silveira at 07:55 PM on Jun 06, 2012||Post #6|
My 2c: when in doubt, keep the racing line. At least is the most predictable and the least likely to put both of your races in danger.
One thing that I've been doing is just to slowly "miss" my apex on slower turns (edit: i.e., make the turn on the outside). This allows the lapping car to go into the inside and pass safely, as they wouldn't ever be trying to pass over the outside anyway. Just be sure not to brake way too early; since the lapping car has a faster driver it probably brakes later than you as a default :)
Worse case: some people change their line AND lift at the same time when on a straight. This is trouble since if the lapping car tries to pass you at the same time you will tangle or collide. Many drivers here at R2P have moved away from racing line on a straight without lifting, I kept my line and THEN they lifted when it was clear both of us knew where each other was and what we were doing and if the straight was long enough. I never had a problem with that, but it might be wrong.
On the other side of the coin, few things make me more nervous than keeping my line to be predictable while a car is trying to lap me, and to see they start flashing lights and getting nervous because THEY can't make a clean pass. Nervous amateur and close driving don't go well together I'm afraid :)
|Posted by Joseph Di Pino at 08:32 PM on Jun 06, 2012||Post #8|
The rules essentially summarize the concept that the if the guy behind you is fast, he should be able to pass you uneventfully as long as you dont do anything crazy or block him/her. So you have a obligation to be consistent and predictable and he has an obligation to pick the appropriate spot to make the pass.