- Jan 19, 2014
Unfortunately this is probably going to sound like a rules answer, but that is because I was one of those people who were involved with taking the tips for safe multi-class racing and incorporating them into the rules. Although they are rules, they're very much a guide too. Either way, here is some more stuff to help with multi-class racing, especially from a faster class point of view:Now after 3-4 races i participated in this race i learned two things gt4s don't like to be passed by the faster cars and that breaks this league completely, the exception being the leaders cuz they are able to pass everyone people even get out of their way that's a bit unfair even if i'm totally aware i'm not «tier 1» material because of lack of experience but still sometimes i'm doing very fast times for 4th or 5th position but can't do a comeback of a mistake or something random because of the danger of passing the slower cars.
This race i was really determined to not let it be the failure that laguna seca was soo I trained and trained and trained more than 20 hours of driving in this track to «prevent» all the mistakes that everyone was saying and writing on the forum, i was fully prepared for this race but then after the first corner the mess started, the lmp3 car behind me i don't quite remember who soo i prefer not to say names, passes me on to the second corner when i'm going slow to let the cars in front get together . okey i understand he wanted to gain the position sure no danger but not very nice to do. After some laps another lmp3 car crashes and rejoins directly without seeing if there are cars coming i had to go hard in the brakes on the apex of the corner after the second long straight, okey that happens frustrated because of the incident wanted to rejoin fast i understand very dangerous but no damage taken. Then gt4s fighting side by side again on the second long straight just occupy the whole track size then suddenly i see an opportunity and there's an accident because i lock up, my fault shouldn't have gone for it yes but gt4s occupying the whole track not very nice. After this one or two incidents with gt4s happened and that just made lose it easy corners i wasn't having problems i just got lost completely.
I just want to ask about your opinions about this because again i'm new here and not a lot of experience on properly organised leagues.
I want to ask for honest answers not the rules answer because i read them and on the track they don't happen most of the time.
- Look ahead and judge where you are going to meet the slower class car in front of you. This is important, as it aids massively in making a pass safe and lose as little time as possible. The more experienced guys are going to be better at this, as what they actually could be doing is slowing slightly more than usual in the approach to a corner in order to get themselves in a better position and time the pass so the loss in comparison to competitors is minimal. For instance if you know that you are going to be right on the rear bumper of a slower class car at the apex and coming off the corner, lift off before the braking zone and coast in a little. It will then give you more room to get the run off the corner that you want to slip past without getting hindered or caught up as you would if you went into the braking zone at your normal speed.
- Spend as little time in close proximity to the slower class cars. This follows on from the point above of getting the timing right. The moment that you get caught right up on the back of a slower class car at the apex and exit of a corner, your momentum and speed is ruined and you've then got to purely rely on the power difference to accelerate past and hoping you can do so before the next corner. If you give yourself space to the car, you get the run and momentum you need to pass them quickly. Likewise going into a corner on the inside or outside, try to spend as little time as possible side by side and in close proximity.
- Be patient and accept the hand dealt. This ties in with the moment you mention of being stuck behind 2 GT4's on the straight, or being passed on the opening lap when being patient. Sometimes you've just got to suck it up and think how you can work around the situation best, as you're not always going to have that perfect run on a slower class car and you'll lose touch with competitors around you, as Beau did if you watch the broadcast when him and Aidtheace came across the lapped traffic. Sometimes you get stuck between cars and your competitor gets away, sometimes they get stuck and you gain a load of ground. It's just the way it works but doing the first 2 points certainly helps to minimize those situations. The worst thing you can do is rush a situation, force a pass and cause people to panic or make mistakes.
When it comes to being in the slower class car, obviously there is a lot less you can do but the 2nd point of being in close proximity for as little time as possible is valid. On the straights, you don't obviously shouldn't need to lift but going into the braking zone or through a corner with a faster class car alongside you, it can be worth giving up a tenth or two to brake slightly earlier, lift a little more and tuck in behind the faster class car. But having said that, I was told that at Le Mans and other WEC events, the GTE drivers are told to 'Always expect 2 prototypes' when being passed. Obviously if you know there's only one then yeah, tuck in but expect there to be 2 just in-case.
But if you're trying not to lose lap time and still keep the pace up going side by side with a faster class car into or through a turn, you're going to compromise them which means the amount of time you're in close proximity is longer, and it is therefore going to compromise you even more too. It also easily leads to a panic situations or the faster class car can become distracted trying to figure out where the slower class car is in relation to themselves, which leads to mistakes.
It's very much trying to figure out what is best for both parties, both parties acting accordingly to help get clear of each other and resume their race at their pace. Of course their are always going to be tricky situations, but that is part of multi-class and patience is the best part of valor for those.