From here to finish, basically, if you have the patience.
Context: I have the pace, relatively. I put myself in a dumb position at the start, hanging a half lap back, thinking it was quali. It wasn’t. They went straight to Pre.
So, I am pushing to catch up. I start letting the fella know I have the pace with tippy taps. The fun starts lap 7 or 8 actually, but it got more urgent towards the end, as laps were running out.
While he’s not a new driver (pretty good actually) but he’s my son’s age and I am the responsible adult in the room, supposedly.
I question whether I was a total jerk pushing him prior to high speed corners etc. In retrospect, I might have scared him, which is really not what I want to be doing. In the closing lap, I give him a pretty significant bonk in 3. It was basically intentional (we had no brake pads to speak of and I wanted the momentum). It wasn’t savage but it was definitely using his bumper to slow down, is how it played out.
What do you guys think? Was this OK racing or was I being a bully? Should I find the kid and apologize next race? I really hope I didn’t panic him.
Edit: I sad this last time. Apparently I am full of crap:
He is a pretty good driver, definitely not new. He is a young person though, and I am supposed to be an adult. I remember watching my son get tapped by a faster driver and feeling pretty conflicted about it. I’d like to say “red mist” but I was totally calm and deliberate here. I was pretty careful to not break his traction (much), though.