ToS: ASS

The single most common type of incident among amateur racers is when one car tries to pass another on the inside of a corner. Amateur races often feature cars & drivers of vastly differing speeds. A fast car approaching a slow car in a corner has two options: pass or don’t pass. Don’t. If the slow driver gives room, the faster car can get through safely. But the slow driver might not for the following reasons:

  • The slow driver has right of way in the corner and has no obligation to give way
  • The slow driver doesn’t see the fast driver because the closing speed was very high
  • The slow driver doesn’t see the fast driver because he is a novice and has all his attention on cornering and none left for situational awareness

Fast drivers approaching slow cars must understand they cannot expect the slow driver to make room for them. If they are in a fast car, they will pass soon enough, like on the following straight. There is no reason to dive-bomb a slow car. Doing so makes you an Apex Stealing Scumbag (ASS). In the video below, the crash doesn’t occur until 1:29, but watch from 0:00 to observe the driving style.

Something about the driving style made me think of a Zombie stumbling about with arms outstretched. Maybe it was the hands choking the top of the steering wheel or the untrained footwork. Must… eat… brains…

LTD you ASS

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