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
Close Call at Lime Rock Park 05-30-2013
Having a nice morning lapping with SCDA at Lime Rock, minding my own
business, when things get a little tricky.., about two and a half minutes
in,keep your eyes on the little green car two cars ahead of me, especially
when it goes into the uphill right-hander.
"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 Park - Historic Festival 31
Some clips from the amazing HF31 at Lime Rock on Saturday, Aug. 31st 2013.
Focus on race group 5 "The real deal" authentic Trans-Am cars from
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
2009 SCCA Touring 2 National at Lime Rock - 350Z vs. EVO
Highlights of the Touring 2 SCCA National at Lime Rock - August 1, 2009.
The Mitsubishi EVO starts on the pole with Brian Kleeman in the 350Z
(camera car) on the outside. David Brand in a Supercharged Lotus Elise
chases from behind.
Notice the motor in the 350Z starts dying by Lap 3.
The race is stopped and ends under a red-flag when Ken Payson's Spec Miata
hits the spun-out Lotus head on. David Brand was treated and released that
same day; as of Monday, Ken remains in the hospital. A full recovery is
expected, but thoughts and prayers nonetheless.
Lime Rock Video Track Map with Sam Posey
Lime Rock offers drivers challenges they don't face at other tracks. Often
referred to as "The Bull Ring," it is arduous, difficult and above all
rewards those who take risks. Many corners are so fast that they can be
taken almost flat, but not quite, leaving drivers to gamble with their
right foot as much as they dare. Listen in as Sam Posey takes us around the
track, explaining some of the gentle nuances to achieving a fast lap.
1988 Trans-Am Lime Rock Park
Coverage of the SCCA Escort Trans-Am race run on 8/6/88 by Steve and Brock
on the good old American Sports Calavcade. Man I loved this show back then.