Lesson 1: How to handle a basic overtaking manoeuvre

 

Introduction:

Lesson 1 will attempt to illustrate what is expected of a sim racing driver here at Sim Race South Africa when they are involved in a scenario which involves one car passing another for position.

Scenario 1:

approach 1 braking zone

The red car is close behind the green car and is attempting to pass it into a left handed turn.

Green car driver’s responsibilities:

– Understand and respect the position of the red car and that there is a high probability the red car driver will attempt a out-braking manoevre before the apex of the corner. It is too late to change to a defensive line before or in the braking zone. The red car driver has earned his/her current position.

Red car driver’s responsibilities:

–   Understand and respect the position of the green car and that there is a good opportunity to make a pass under braking or just past it at the apex of the corner.

Scenario continued:

 

approach side by side braking zone

The red car has moved to run side by side with the green car in an attempted pass for position.

 

Green car driver’s responsibilities:

– Understand and respect the position of the red car and that it is now side by side with your green car.

– It is now too late to turn in to use the normal racing line and that  there is a high probability a wider line will have to be used to avoid contact with the red car and to navigate the corner safely within the track limits.

Red car driver’s responsibilities:

– Understand and respect that the green car has a right to navigate the corner safely within track limits and that contact is to be avoided.

– Understand your braking abilities to brake safe enough not to change lines and make contact with the green car.

 

Scenario continued:

approach side by side apex

The red car is alongside the green car and is about to execute the move for position.

 

Green car driver’s responsibilities:

– Understand and respect the position of the red car and that it is now side by side with your green car as before.

– Maintain the wider line enough to avoid contact with the red car

Red car driver’s responsibilities:

– Understand and respect that the green car has a right to navigate the corner safely within track limits and that contact is to be avoided.

– Maintain the inside line to not run wide and force the green car off track.

 

Scenario continued:

approach side exit

The red car has passed the green car while avoiding contact and track limits have been maintained for both cars.

Green car driver’s responsibilities:

– Maintain line until the red car has made a complete pass.

Red car driver’s responsibilities:

– Understand and respect that the green car has a right to fight back for position at the next corner and the roles might be reversed.

– Only resume your normal racing lines once it is understood the green car has been passed successfully.

About Jason Holden-Jones (493 Articles)
Jason, fueled by his passion for Sim Racing, Motorsport and Entrepreneurship, is working to, not only establish Sim Racing as a major eSport in South Africa, but also to establish sim racing as a grass-roots gateway to 'real world' Motorsport. Jason is the founder and owner of Sim Race South Africa - www.simracesa.co.za. Contact Jason by email: jason@simracesa.co.za

1 Comment on Lesson 1: How to handle a basic overtaking manoeuvre

  1. motherfluffer777 // October 24, 2014 at 1:51 pm //

    hi Jason

    thanks for the info. tell me, when can we expect the gt release? thanks.

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