Dee's Newbie Tips, Part 5
This month's tutorial focuses on Mini-Z etiquette. This write-up isn't just for the noobs, either, as we can all be reminded of this from time to time! I'll make this one quick and easy with a few easy bullet points to help summarize how you noobs can be a respectful (and thereful successful) driver.
- Practice throttle control as much as you practice your steering.
Yes, we know you've got motor, but we don't need your motor riding our butts! This isn't destruction derby out there (although I admit I wish it were, at times). Practicing throttle control will help you match the speed of the racer you are trying to pass. No one is perfect (Unless your initials start with T. and J.), and you will be able to find your passing opportunity naturally as others hit the wall. If you're following well, you'll pass without even trying! Passing by crashing into people is not only risky business at best, as you may be the one who flipped! Benefit: Proper throttle control allows you to closely hug the corners and shave time of your laps.
- If you do a nose-plant into a wall, wait for ALL traffic to pass before backing out.
I know that in the heat of the contest, you just want to reverse as fast as possible to get back into the race. Well, unlike taking out one person in the race, this faux pas has the potential to take out the ENTIRE heat, which will definately disrupt the flow of the race, and is frankly a lil' selfish. Crashing is OK, and happens to everyone, but when it happens, know when to get back in. Benefit: Your paint job, rims, wing (you name it) will stay attached to your car.
- Stay behind the orange line.
If you really want to understand the importance of this, try standing on the outer edges of the driver stand. You'll notice your field of vision can easily be affected by individuals who creep up ahead of the orange line. Benefit: I won't have to remind you in front of everyone. ;-)
- Staying on the driver stand until the race, or qualifier is complete.
If your car is out of commission, a turn marshal will take it off the track for you. Leaving the driver stand early not only distracts your fellow racers, but it can also be hazardous to them (imaging leaving a cramped driver stand and bumping into someone... er... can you say Domino effect?) Benefit: You'll get mad props for being respectful.
- Making room for the fast guys.
Let's be real, some of us (like me) will never get to TJ's status. So when you see a fast guy coming, let him pass. Benefit: You'll save yourself from being punted off the track.
- Turn marshaling after you race.
The next turn marshals are the ones who just raced. Pay it forward and hustle out there if its your turn, because it is inevitable that you'll need help out there!
That's it for now guys! I'll post more as I think of them, but these are key for maximizing fun for all!