In this post, I told you about the Karting Meeting we had. Here’s more from the same evening.
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A lap before the end of our 15 mins session (my second session), I was nearly run off the track into the barrier. I was approaching another driver (also a member at the circuit it turns out), and he was looking over his shoulder for over half a lap as I quickly caught him. Faster down the long straight to Devil’s Drop, I couldn’t pass him on the entry to the long Arena bend so I took a wide line. Coming out of the corner on the outside and to the left, I quickly pulled level.
There’s a piece of green concrete on the left of the track that you use on the exit if you’re quick; in other words, half the kart is left of the white line (in the picture), the other half is in the track. You can see that the (blurred) barrier meets the track at quite a sharp angle, just before the track kinks right to the grid markings.
I was fully on the track as I was level with the other driver. He knew I was there; he had been looking over his shoulder as I drew level, then he started turning left into me, forcing me left off the track. I was now heading towards the barrier. I have no doubt that he was trying to cause a crash. I had a choice; brake and swerve, or run head first into a tyre wall.
I was angry. Not because he was ahead of me, but because he deliberately tried to cause a head-on crash on the second fastest part of the circuit.
Despite braking heavily to avoid the crash and losing a lot of time, I easily caught him again going down the long back straight. There was no way I was going to overtake that psycho-nutjob going down Devils Drop or into Arena, that would have meant a certain trip to casualty via the tyre wall, but I knew I could out-accelerate his lardy-arse up the slight hill out of Arena and towards the grid. So long as I was to his right this time, there was nowhere too painful to crash if he forced me off again.
On the way out of Arena though, I could see the marshall at the start/finish line with the chequered flag. I had forgotten that they were staying out for their second 15 minutes, so I was determined to get to the finish line first. It was a photo finish, but I did it.
It’s a good job he didn’t follow me into the pits, I would have lost my reputation as level-headed. I went straight to the mashalls in the pits to let them know what had happened. They said that they knew he was driving dangerously, other marshals had seen other incidents, and he had already smashed a wheel off his first kart. The circuit rules say that if you break your kart that’s the end of your session, but they let him out in a new kart anyway.
So, here’s a message for the cheating, sad, scum-sucker in kart 22. Listen up! I would rather lose with honour than do what you did; but I didn’t lose. I beat you. I’m faster than you. I’m better than you.
-Rant ends. Normal service will resume shortly.-
2 thoughts on “Karting Session – My Battle with a Cheat”
Hi Colin,Sadly, not all people we meet on the track are motor racing fans. They are common thugs and hooligans who are better off banger-racing. They don’t understand what it’s like to drive fast, with the skill and subtlety it requires, and they certainly don’t have the sportsmanship you would hope for in someone you’d come across in competition. In fact, we were driving in an arrive-and-drive practice session, not even a race.I wish the host establishment would black flag (and ban) these drivers, especially when they admit they have seen what they were up to on the track. Unfortunately, karting centres are businesses, and the thug’s money is worth just as much as yours or mine…Kaz
Hi Kaz,Yes, I forgot about practice. I just practice winning ;-)I agree, the centre should ban people like that, especially because they’re a business (not despite it).He had already damaged a kart, so that cost them money. There were a lot of people there, and several crashes. If he (the thug) had caused others to crash too, they might not go there again. It’s in the circuit’s interests to keep it clean.I forgot, it’s “no contact” there. There’s always contact but it’s usually unintentional, but the deliberate stuff that goes on is bad for business.BTW, why does ITV always start the F1 coverage late?! Can’t see Schumi winning this championship now.Colin