Patience & Discipline

Patience and discipline:

How you act, perform or behave amongst your fellow competitors weather it be chatting or driving on the track. The role you assume or display in public. How do you come across to others? Are you the SAFEST, CLEANEST, PATIENT & MOST COURTEOUS driver on the track? How is your discipline and sportsmanship? How do you conduct yourself both on & off the track? What do your fellow competitors think of you? What type of driver are you?

These are all questions you must ask yourself. Both patience and discipline are important virtues. Often you must exercise extreme discipline to reach your goals. In the same way, patience allows you to make choices based on the reality of the situation and the relationship to your goals.

The one problem characteristic of most race drivers, and virtually all newcomers, is over-driving the entry to a corner. Most drivers believe, for whatever reason, that hard braking and a fast entry into the corners is the essence of speed on the racetrack. There is nothing wrong with a driver thinking that way but, if your objective is to get around the track as quickly as possible, this method could prove counter productive.

Given the desire to learn and make progress, it is at this time that the rookie or seasoned driver must begin to show self-discipline and patience. Without these qualities, learning and progress will come to a screeching halt.

Aggression vs. Passiveness:

In racing, the line between over-aggression and passiveness is very thin. Drivers who are passive rarely win, because they do not take the risks needed to make a crucial pass. On the other hand, the driver who is too aggressive rarely wins, because that driver makes the foolish attempt to pass and often falls off the track in the effort usually taking out some other competitors with him.

Developing patience and discipline will go a long way into knowing when it’s right to give (passive) & when to take (aggressive).

Learning when to give and take is critical in becoming a better sim racer. A lot depends on whom, where, what, and why. Ask yourself whom are you taking from or giving to? Where are you trying to give or take? What kind of condition is your car in? Why should I give or take a position now? Even more depends on the situation you’re surrounded with. Am I in traffic? How many laps are left? Is this a league race? How many league races are left? Where am I in the points? If you cannot answer these questions it’s time to become passive and wait for another time to become aggressive.

WHEN IN DOUBT – BACK OUT!

Conduct and sportsmanship:

A sportsman is defined as one who is fair, generous, a good loser, and a gracious winner. I also feel it is important to play the game by the rules as they are enforced by the sanctioning league(s) that you run in. On the track risks can be generally high, and to breech rules is foolhardy. To take out another car on purpose in order to win or improve position is not only un-sportsmanlike, but just plain stupid and totally unnecessary.

We are all human here. We are all bound to make mistakes; we all have that occasional brain fart. Learn to respect your fellow driver. Realize that sim racing is far from perfect and accidents do and will occur especially due to warping. Do not get to upset if you end up in a wreck. Everyone will make a mistake from time to time. I don’t believe anyone is out to purposely try and wreck anyone. Ask yourself, why would someone, especially in a league race, risk damaging his car just to take me out. If an accident occurs chalk it up as just that, (an accident) and leave it at that.

I refuse to drive in pickup races. All the drivers I run with I trust and respect. If anyone takes me out I just say that’s racing and it’s going to happen. Just make repairs as needed and move on.

Flaming:

Simply put, NO ONE WANTS TO HEAR IT!

Not during the races, or after the races. If you’ve got a problem with a certain driver, email him or her personally and try to work things out. The most annoying and distracting thing that can occur is to have two drivers chatting and bitching at each other during a race distracting others, and more often than not causing another wreck because of there distracting comments to there fellow competitors. The only reason you should be chatting is to signal pitting or leaving or entering the track. And the only reason we do that is because we have no hand signals. Any flaming, name-calling or smart-ass comments are totally uncalled for, and in many leagues, are grounds for immediate dismissal.

Don’t be too quick to jump on some ones back for taking you out. Review the replay and ask yourself, could that of been my fault? If it is your fault apologize and move on. Online sim racing is all about having fun.

It’s not fun to rip your fellow competitors to shreds for what could’ve been nothing more than a warp or disconnect or even worse you own fault. You’ll only lose respect from your fellow drivers and even possibly be thrown out of the league you’re running in. Think before you speak out. Realize that there are sim racers online from all different age groups and all have different racing experience and backgrounds.

There may be drivers that bitch moan and groan and swear you up and down for doing so much as whispering. Don’t stoop to there level by retaliating on the track or during chatting sessions. You best bet is to ignore or muzzle these types of drivers, maybe after awhile they’ll get the point that you’re not the problem – they are.

Controlling anger:

Your anger with other drivers has got to be kept under control. It cannot be carried onto the racetrack, into the chat room, on news groups or even onto league mailing lists. It is a part of good sportsmanship. If a driver cannot control his temper and his reactions on the track, he will not make a very good racecar driver.

The number one objective for most is to win the race, but not at all costs. If you have to take out three cars in front of you to win the race, then you really didn’t win. It’s just poor sportsmanship. It just proves you’re a better crasher, and that isn’t worth it. A driver has to think about his reputation, his integrity and his racing future before attempting something so stupid like that. You should never retaliate when another driver gets into you. I get back to warps, latency or connection problems that always exist. Just because what you seen heard or felt, doesn’t necessarily mean the other driver seen heard or felt the same thing.

Proper driver etiquette will carry you a long way towards becoming a better sim racer. How you handle yourself both on and off the track will get you that hard earned respect from you fellow competitors. Respect will take you along way and can only improve your future driving skills when those around you trust you to run side by side.

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