Some bad driving and bad etiquette from a Lime Rock track day (20131116 lrp scda irritation)
I had a great day today with SCDA at Lime Rock in my 2010 Porsche 911 GT3.
Unfortunately, however, the first session of the day included some really
bad driving and also some bad etiquette. Not what I've come to expect from
the Advanced run group.
It may be hard to tell from the video, but the passing rules during these
track days are extremely strict. You're not allowed to pass another car
unless the driver of the car you're overtaking has seen you and has
literally pointed with his/her hand out the window to tell you they've seen
you and on which side they would like you to pass. Not pointing someone by
who is obviously faster than you
(e.g. is behind you now, but wasn't there before) is considered very bad
etiquette, and will get you thrown off the track. Equally bad is
overtaking without a point-by. In both cases, because this isn't a race
but rather just a practice/educational event, this is done for safety
reasons, since passing without point-by as is done in racing (see my
Mazdaspeed Challenge videos) exponentially increases the likelihood of
collisions. I actually got one of these on video during one of those races
where two cars hit while being side-by-side at Lime Rock in turn 1 -- the
same place the Porsche passes me in this video. It's fine and fun to run
this way when everyone is playing by the same rules, but infuriating when
you're observing the rules and others are not.
2:07 - Yellow Lotus doesn't give point-by to a faster black GT3, so the GT3 passes anyway
without permission. The Lotus driver also doesn't point me by, so I wait
for a bit.
3:05 - Blue R32 gives me polite point-by and moves offline in the downhill.
This is a very polite move, thanks to this good driver!
3:28 - I catch a black Corvette, and he catches black Mercedes C63 AMG who
isn't pointing anyone by. We're now both stuck behind the Mercedes.
4:16 - This would be the obvious place for the Mercedes to point us by.
But there's no point-by.
4:20 - Instead, the Corvette passes the Mercedes without a point-by. The
Mercedes brakes abruptly before the 6 board and I'm afraid I'm going to
rear-end him, so I move over to the right, being careful not to pass or
present myself at his side without a point-by (which I still haven't
4:38 - The Mercedes takes an erratic line through Turn 2 and brakes in the
middle of the corner. I again take evasive maneuvers to avoid rear-ending
him. I'm now beginning to wonder what is the matter with this person.
Either he doesn't see me or he thinks he is faster than I am.
5:13 - By this point, I'm keeping some distance going into the corners to
avoid an accident, because this person is driving so unpredictably (braking
very hard for fast turns, etc). I go into west bend very slowly.
5:19 - I start to flash my lights to see if I can get his attention.
Again, I need to be very careful not to rear-end the Mercedes coming out of
the downhill. He continues obliviously along the main straight as I flash
my brights very excitedly.
5:40 - A guy in a Radical has had enough and decides to pass us both
without permission from either of us. As I go into turn 1, I get pushed to
the outside, driver's left, by a black and orange Porsche which has dived
in and passed me without a point-by. The Mercedes continues on his crazy
line and both cars pass him without a point-by as well. Blue flags are
out, but the guy in the Mercedes continues obliviously on his way.
6:08 - I try honking my horn to see if that will help. As I come down the
hill, I decide to pull into the pits because I have had enough.
6:37 - Inexplicably, our hero also decides to pull into the pits. I signal
to the cars behind me that I'm going to stay on the track, and two more
cars pass me without a point-by from me (although perhaps reasonably so,
since I had appeared to be heading towards the pits).
Now that the track has been cleared of this particular menace, I now have
to go work my way through traffic again, which you can see in the video
titled "2010 Porsche GT3 at Lime Rock Park with SCDA 1/1 (20131116 lrp scda
Bill Auberlen CMP Test #96 (in-car dual view!)
Join Bill Auberlen as he takes the wheel on #96 during last week's test at
Carolina Motorsports Park. Check out the foot-cam! Don't miss the racing
action this weekend. Sunday April 10th at 12PM EST on SPEED! *Shot with
the new VIO POV HD Camera
"The Duel" - The Ultimate BMW Battle at Lime Rock Park
Lime Rock Park (1.53 mi)
NASA Northeast | GTS3 Class
Saturday, July 5, 2014
Autobahn Race (only GTS cars)
#22 Hi Speed Motorsports BMW E46 M3
Driver is Hugh Stewart
Started 2nd in class
Best Lap During Race: 57.906 / Best Lap for the weekend: 57.704
Hi Speed Motorsports | G-Squared Media | Diamond Realtors | Prysma Lending
Group | Gateway Security Systems | MCS | Hoosier
After rain storms throughout the day on Friday at Lime Rock Park, our #22
BMW started on the 2nd grid in GTS3, with the #148 BMW E92 M3 just edging
us out in qualifying. The race was surely one of the most action-packed
ones in a long time for us, and we were ecstatic that we were back racing
at the 1.53-mile Road Racing Center of the East! A big thanks goes out to
NASA Northeast for making this event possible and for giving all the GTS
competitors their own run group.
Thanks to all our sponsors, supporters, and friends, especially G-Squared
Media, who got this video edited/finalized just hours after the race
Lime Rock - Skip Barber, Bill Auberlen and James Weaver share their secrets
Lime Rock is often discounted as a short track with few turns but it is one
of the most demanding and daunting tracks in North America. It rewards
bravery and tempts you to push it, looking for the limit but hoping you
don't go past. This video offers you the free advice from three of the
tracks storied drivers, Skip Barber, Bill Auberlen and James Weaver.
Audi S4 road racing at Lime Rock Park, May 2011 - GIAC tuned
2002 Audi S4 6-speed driving at Lime Rock Park in CT with the Audi Club.
Note - the camera is mounted on the driver's side foglight, hence why it
appears I'm ~5 feet away from all right-hand turn apexes!
For reference, at the end of the main straight speed is around 120-122 in
5th gear. While running the GIAC programming, I'm in 3rd and 4th around the
rest of the track
This session mods:
GIAC 93 octane program with 1.5 degrees advanced timing (Lemmiwinks)
Vast Water/Methanol injection
ST Coilovers (made by KW)
Vast Stage 3 clutch
Hawk HP Plus brake pads with Motul 600 brake fluid
Sumitomo HTR Z III tires
Video camera - Contour HD at 1080 resolution, mounted by drivers side fog
Lime Rock Park / SCDA 9-20-11 Session 4 Laps - 2001 Mustang Cobra
The Sports Car Driving Association (SCDA) hosted an HPDE at Lime Rock Park
on 9-20-11. These are session 4 laps on street tires. The second & third
laps run in the 1:05 range. Check out the point-by the blue Subaru STI
gives me down on the main straight at the end of the 4th lap. The driver
never let off the throttle (as an HPDE courtesy), so I took the point-by on
the inside anyway. That was the last I saw of the STI. :p
BMW M3 Drifting at Lime Rock Park
More to come!
Lime Rock Part, CT
Memorial Day Weekend
Special thanks to Johan Schwartz, Matt Mullins and the rest of the crew
the BMW Performance Driving School
Video and Photographs from Capture Event Photography
Lime Rock Park: Ferrari Day 2011
Check out videos, pictures, and more at http://hittingredline.com/ .
After a six year gap, Ferrari Challenge has returned to beautiful Lime Rock
Park, in Lakeville, CT. I went several years ago, and the occasion of it
all blew me away. Now, for the return of this Ferrari-palooza, the
mind-boggling event is back. Present this year were enough 458s to last a
lifetime, a racing-spec (and street-spec) F40, and a future legend, the 599
GTO. Plus, there were the fans cars, including a Bentley Speed Six,
multiple R8s, and some Corvette ZR1s and ZR-1s (good for you if you know
the difference). Plus lots of Cobras, but I've seen at least a dozen of
those in the past two weeks.
The music is "Devastation and Revenge," by Kevin MacLeod (
http://incompetech.com/ ), used under a Creative Commons Attribution
Special thanks in this video goes to my good friend Adam!
ALMS 2011 - Lime Rock Sights and Sounds
for more ESM news go to http://www.esmracing.com - ESM Racing takes a look
back at the 2011 Northeast Grand Prix at Connecticut's beautiful Lime Rock
BMW M3 Lime Rock Park Edition
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