- Apr 15, 2008
- Mazda Raceway
- *Carless* Waaahhh
A car width makes a difference when the track 3 car widths wide, not to mention a slight off camber crest towards the apex. It's not a problem of absolute grip so much as the car being unsettled. You may consider yourself far more of a driving expert but i've driven the corner myself at 'legal' speeds and I don't think its the cake walk you're making it out to be, at least not at 200mph at night. I can see we're just going to have to disagree on this.
As Martin pointed out, all the other GT drivers were running wide with no problems. Nothing is a cake walk in motorsport. Just varying degrees of difficulty. But if the rest of the field were doing it fine then it stands to reason Kaufman could do it too. If not, then the mere fact he was sharing the track is a travesty of professionalism, as many drivers are alluding to in their comments about the Am class. But I'm sure he was capable of doing it, amateur or not, he does have at least some experience.
I'm merely reporting what the ACO stated in the drivers brief, you can rage all you want but i'm really not bothered.
ACO says "hold the racing line"*. Driver holds racing line. Driver causes overtaking car to go into the grass and crash. ACO excludes driver.
Show me the logic.
You've also mistaken rage for mirth.
*Waltrip wrote in a blog for USA Today that they were told:
We're running in the GTE division, and it can be very hard to stay out of the way of the prototype cars in the premier class. They tell you, "Hold your line, and they'll go around you," but one mistake can end your race. They're so much faster than the GTE cars. I know they're not supposed to run over me, but I need to do whatever I can to make sure I don't get run over. That means giving them the room to go. It's like a Formula One car catching you. The tricky part is you can't see well out of the car. You see lights behind you, and if it's a prototype, they consume you in seconds. Two-time Le Mans champion Allan McNish said the prototype drivers will commit a couple hundred yards before reaching a GT car. They lap 40 seconds quicker than us, so you deal with one every lap.
Just "hold your line". Nothing about taking the fastest line, the racing line. Just to hold. The other bits are fun, too. Reality is what matters. Not what the stewards say (unless they're disqualifying your car, then they're god).
At this point I'm just assuming Kaufman didn't see the Audi. If a NASCAR driver says a car's hard to see out of, you listen.