So I’m working on trying to be careful about momentum and where it takes me relative to folks I have the pace on.
I am trying to learn how to drive through traffic effectively, without losing too much momentum to knucklehead, half-baked pass attempts. This means riding the bumper of another driver until I have a “done” pass present itself. Basically, I am forcing myself to lift and get back in line, hoping to get better exits and not come together mid turn.
I think it’s overall going pretty well but I can’t help but think maybe I am being dumb. I got passed a couple times by faster drivers while trying to wait for the newer drivers to make mistakes.
It makes me wonder wether there is a balance here between forceful passing and organic passing. I had multiple occasions where I am being split from a faster guy by him being more forceful to a slower guy between us, ahead using cage a bit to get by (at slower driver’s expense).
I would ultimately close back up but time is lost. I suspect I still am bad at navigating traffic as there was a young guy who seemed to not have my same issue. He’d get by cleanly without bumping folks. So, it’s possible.
Any thoughts on all this? I am forcing the issue with position. Taking an inside line, getting alongside and claiming the apex first. Sometimes it is forceful in that they would have to turn into me to complete their turn. Or, just waiting for them to make a mistake or open the door.
Other than putting myself in a position that negates their corner speed, don’t know what to do, really. I feel somewhat frustrated by being slowed and having to wait patiently as the guys behind catch up. Forcing my way by seems to be a bad habit and I don’t want to keep enforcing that. But, I feel like I might have gone too far in the opposite direction and am maybe being too patient.
So, those of you who have been here, trying to take the next step in racing and learning how to flow in traffic, what helped you get smoother and more confident navigating the crowd?
Edit: one thing to consider is the fact that we are caged in rentals. The closed wheel wells changes things. In theory, the rules of engagement are the same as open wheel, but in practice, not. Driving incidents that would result in wheel to wheel contact are off the table so folks are generally much more aggressive on defense/offense. This is largely due to how the rental races are “judged”. There’s a ton of leeway given by the marshals and there appears to be more “sloppy” driving in caged rentals as opposed to non-caged forms of karting.
If you go to 20:30 and watch to about 24:00 you can see how much time I lose to this nonsense: