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Driving and marshalling standards

PostPosted: Wed Nov 26, 2008 7:08 pm
by moggo
I have to say guys that I am a little dissapointed at the lack of driving etiquette shown so far. I have only done 2 of you're meetings so far and in both finals I have been unceremoniously punted off the track. This appears to only be a problem in the top stock heat as watching the lower heats and finals, the standard seems to be pretty good.

I think there needs to be some sort of referee for the finals. I have moved over from the other popular indoor series and although somtimes the rules get too strict there is less 'driving through the car infront' as penalties are dished out. We all put a lot of effort into our racing and I get pretty cheesed off when my race is ended by someone either not having any respect or morals. Last week I didn't even get an appology for being slammed into the wall and sent into the air. :oops:

The other thing I have noticed is marshalling. Marshalls are there to put cars back on the track, not run repairs. Please keep an eye on what is going on in you're sector of the track, not watch the leader. Marshall as you would want to be marshalled.

And finally, I heard many many times drivers not to leave the rostrum, yet still people were. It is a big problem when someone does as the benches move and it is distracting. Maybe a penalty for those who break these very simple rules will put an end to it. ;)

I am sorry to rant, but this is all pretty basic stuff which will make the West Kent series even better than it already is. :D

Looking forward to round 3.......


Re: Driving and marshalling standards

PostPosted: Thu Nov 27, 2008 7:50 pm
by Brian Mills
Hi Mark, All good points that you have made actually. I did watch one of the stock finals (not the top one) and most of the time overtaking was fine but occassionaly it all went to pot, particularly during lapping. I'll make a point of watching more closely at the next meeting to gauge the standard of driving in general. I do remember you saying on Sunday about being punted off - it would be easier to take if there was an apology. You are right about the fact that we all want racing to be as clean as possible but at the same time use as few rules as possible.
The problem with people getting off the benches causes two problems. The first is that the benches move and secondly (if drivers get down at the front) they obstruct the view of those still running. I know Ian has reminded drivers regularly about this and I agree that penalties will be needed if it continues.
I think generally that the quality of marshalling needs to improve. It's tricky when a few seconds effort from a marsall is all that's needed to get a car going again and be back in the race but at what point do you decide just to put the car down and carry on marshalling? It's not easy to make a hard and fast ruling on that.
Regards Brian

Re: Driving and marshalling standards

PostPosted: Fri Nov 28, 2008 12:05 pm
by moggo
Yeah, agree with you're points there. Marshalls can and do determine the outcome of races sometimes. I know there will be those out there that say we shouldn't need to be marshalled, but mistakes happen and sometimes we all need marshalling through no fault of our own. The marshall that missed my car at the last meeting was walking with a car in his hands and as it turns our, met the driver from the rostrum mid race away from his marshall point!!!

We all want a nice relaxed freindly meeting, but lets face it, we all turn up to do our best and finish as high as possible. Most care about how that happens, ie clean racing and good manners, but some are not so worried!!!

See you all next weekend............

Re: Driving and marshalling standards

PostPosted: Sat Dec 06, 2008 7:24 pm
by johnnye

Note marks comments, and total agree with all he has said. Marshalling is very poor, my car spent over 20secs off the track about 2 feet in front of the marshall, did he notice, no he was busy watching the race. I have noticed drivers getting off the track when their car breaks and the marshall will leave his post to return the car to the driver.

GR8 meetings and gd venue all be it very cold. Standards need to be raised to make the meeting even better.


Re: Driving and marshalling standards

PostPosted: Sat Dec 06, 2008 7:27 pm
by Brian Mills
Hi John, yes- see my comments earlier.
Hopefully the boiler has been repaired by now. I'm hoping Ian has been in touch with the Caretaker.

Re: Driving and marshalling standards

PostPosted: Fri Mar 20, 2009 8:57 pm
by jackwabbit
Last meeting I heard drivers shouting at marshals for not getting to their car quick enough, then someone else would shout because the marshal was blocking their view, with cars travelling faster at almost every meeting it’s sometimes difficult to get to a stranded car.
At the last meeting a car crashed in front of me right at the end of the race, I had to wait for a couple of fast cars to go past before I could get to the stranded car.
The race was over so I started to repair the track when someone else came flying round & slammed into my hand flat out. This resulted in a painful finger for the rest of the day & a trip to casualty to confirm one of my fingers was broken. :o
So can I ask drivers to be a little more courteous to the marshals I’m sure most of us do the best we can, & if a marshal is on the track please try not to crash into them ( I can confirm these cars do hurt when they hit you flat out.)