"Hell yes I plan on blocking him! I live
in a slower car. If I'm not
pushing, I'm not having fun."
It's not your fault you feel that way. You grew up in the
"it's ok to wreck you fellow driver" era of Formula 1 racing. Prior
to the mid 70's Grand Prix racing was more about each car/driver
combination seeing which could master the circuit the best. It WAS a
form of rally racing where all the cars were on the course at the same
time and each one was trying to drive the course better than his
opponents. It was bad form to hold up another driver and interfere
with his race. The goal was to finish the race ahead of your opponent
by driving the course better, not by forcing the other driver to drive
the course worse. It was more like the competition in golf where you
try to play the course better than the other guy. If golf was played
to modern Formula 1 standards, golfers would be stepping on each
other's golf balls, kicking them into the rough, or tossing pine cones
at them while they were trying to putt. And they would call it
In the 60's, drivers who drove the way you like to drive did not last
long. There were no sponsors with deep pockets so, even if you didn't
kill yourself, you would soon be out of ride becaue you broke too much
I fully understand that you think that modern racing is the way it
should be done and use GPL to simulate the modern racing environment.
For you it is about driving at your limit and seeing if you can save
it when you go past the limit. In real life in the 60's this took
extreme bravery or not caring about the consequences. In GPL it just
takes the latter. I like to see how close I can get to my limit
without going past it. Because you are not going to save it every
time and it only took one mistake back then to end up dead. For me,
driving GPL in the modern style would be like pulling the engine out
of a classic XKE and sticking in a modern V6 with an automatic. It
might give more power and better gas mileage but it just wouldn't be
an XKE anymore.
I've had good races. We have had races where we were within
a few seconds of each other for 15 to 20 minutes. There wasn't much
passing or dicing but we were struggling to gain on each other without
going off the track, and since neither of us went off the track, the
contest was allowed to keep going. I enjoy that inner battle between
wanting to go faster and wanting to make zero mistakes. I can't
remember ever having any good races with you. Maybe because you are
so much faster. I don't try to race you. I try to move over and let
you by as quickly as I can. I won't block you cause I don't want to
wreck. I don't mean to imply that you are unfair, just that, as you
say, we don't race the same way. But I do think my way is
way more fun and realistic. :)
By the way, I think there are three situations that involve passing.
(1) A battle of equals where each driver has the responsibility of
avoiding an accident. (2) A faster car lapping a back-marker where
the slower car should move over. And (3), where a faster car that has
had an off and is trying to get by a slower car. In the third case I
think the faster driver should exercise a bit more caution than in
case (1). After all, it isn't the back-marker's fault that the
guy is behind him.
The leading car is allowed to move to the side of the
track that he
wants to use for entry to the next corner as long as he does not
interfere with the car behind him. Once he chooses he has to stay there.
I feel you are entitled to your line as long as the overtaking car
does not have it's front wheels even with the leading cars cockpit.
If the overtaking car does have its wheels even with the cockpit and
the lead car tries to take his, then I call this a "chop". Well,
usually I call it a bad wreck. :)
quoted with permission, but Gene Fryman
>From the Vintage Auto Racing Assc. rules book.
C.4 PASSING and BLOCKING
It is the responsibility of all drivers to insure that a racing
incident does not occur.
All drivers have the right to sufficient space on the racing surface
to allow for a driver to maintain control of their car in close
quarters under racing conditions. All drivers shall be required to
provide this space on the race track to their fellow competitors.
Passing shall be allowed any place on the racing surface track where
it is safe to do so. It is the responsibility of the overtaking driver
to pass in a safe manner on an area of the racing surface deemed
prudent by the standards of the Association and the Chief Steward. The
overtaken driver has the responsibility to be aware that they are
bring overtaken and shall not impede the overtaking car. i.e. The
overtaken car shall not block. If any driver appears to be blocking
and/or "pinching" another car seeking to pass or gain an advantage on
the racing surface, they shall be black flagged and/or penalized.
The list below contains several examples of blocking:
Any driver may deviate from their chosen racing line to protect their
position one time and one time only. This alteration in driving line
must be made in a safe and timely manner so as not to deprive an
overtaking driver of sufficient racing space or cause unsafe racing
conditions. Any further deviation from this chosen line shall be
Any abrupt changes in direction so as to impede or affect the path of
a car attempting to pass after a driver has established a line to
protect their position shall be considered blocking.
Any deviation from the accepted driving line on the racing surface in
a "pinching" manner may be considered a form of blocking.
Any change of line by a car being overtaken in reaction to a passing
maneuver by an overtaking car with the intent to impede shall be
In the event that a driver is in the process of overtaking another
competitor while coming upon a yellow flag condition, the pass shall
not be considered complete unless the overtaking driver has cleared
the slower race car and re-entered the proper driving line on the
racing surface prior to reaching the flag station showing the yellow
flag. If this criteria has not been fulfilled in it's entirety, the
overtaking driver shall immediately drop back to his or her original
position in the safest manner possible.
Back marker(s) affecting the complexion and / or the outcome of the
race by racing the leader(s) while they attempt to safely overtake a
back maker and shall be considered a form of blocking. If you are
being lapped, you are expected to allow the faster car (or cars) to
pass easily. It is not necessary to take radical evasive action,
however you should not impede them if at all possible.