OK, so you  just joined iRacing.com and hopped into your first Legends race.  Odds are you got collected in a crash.  There are a few things you can do to avoid the incidents and climb your way to the top of the iRacing leader boards. One of the things you can do that is simple yet effective is give the person in front of you what I like to call “error space.”   This means, that when they make a mistake you have enough space to react and go for the pass or at least avoid getting caught-up in his crash. The second helpful hint is to anticipate the actions of the drivers you are racing.

So let’s start off with talking about “error space.” As I said,  this is when a person in front of you makes a mistake like sliding or spinning-out you are far enough behind him to not get collected and have a better opportunity to pass him than if you were half an inch from his rear fender.

screenhunter_08-mar-07-10313In this image we see the driver giving the person in front of him enough room to save his car.   If this driver has been pushing the car in front of him, chances are one (or both) of them would end-up in the wall. Also if the person in front were to spin-out, the following driver would be able to pass him on the inside.  Safely. Lots of rookie drivers believe the race is won in the first corner. As we know from the iRacing driver’s briefing, “the race is not won in the first corner, it is often lost their however.” So before you go using your front bumper against the car in front of you remember that simple statement.

The second thing I mentioned is anticipating other drivers’ actions.  A good example of this is when you see a car diving into a turn on you, you obviously know to stay high.  This will help you in many ways, because it can save you and the rest of the field.

screenhunter_09-mar-07-10311In this picture we see a car spinning-out, likely as the result of entering the turn too  or getting on the gas early.  As you can see, the blue car has given the white car the “error space.”   But he has also done one other thing: he has checked-up knowing that the car can slide back up the track. He has also given himself enough room on the track to either dodge to one side or the other.  However,  try to avoid not to slamming on the brakes.  Remember there are other drives on the track, so if you slam on the brakes you will upset your car (at a minimum) or quite possibly get collected from behind by someone who didn’t give you enough “error space” or adequately anticipate your actions.

There are many other ways to have clean racing but these are just a few. Just remember about “error space” and to anticipate not only your own but other drivers actions as well. Doing these two simple but yet effective things can often be the difference between an enjoyable race and an early end to your run.

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Tip: Start in front 🙂

Ryan Buhler
March 8th, 2010 at 1:45 am

Drive it like it’s real life. Don’t get yourself killed.

Jason Inch
March 8th, 2010 at 2:16 am

Here’s another tip. Don’t drive like a jerk. You aren’t going to be Speed Racer in your first number of races. Give faster drivers room. Then when you’re faster than them, they’ll be kind enough to do the same in return.

Justin Weisel
March 8th, 2010 at 2:49 am

I like your term “error space”. Hope it doesn’t have a copy rite, because I may use it! LOL! Yeah, avoiding accidents in any form of racing involves looking beyond the track directly in front of you and taking in the entire scene all at once, so you’re actually monitoring the car’s driving in front of you not just looking at the road directly in front. You can see things happening way sooner that way. Great article! 🙂

Lincoln Miner
March 8th, 2010 at 6:12 am

I think Jason Inch said the best tip for the entire game, not just a Legends race – “Drive it like it’s real life” If you want to be a good and safe driver, imagining you’re driving a real car is the best thing to do.

Mihai Mesesan
March 8th, 2010 at 9:31 am

Tip: Dont use a CONTROLLER!!!!!!

David Newell
March 8th, 2010 at 5:06 pm

what is “error space.”?

J C
March 11th, 2010 at 9:46 am

you you you I wan’t to talk about you

racer32
March 11th, 2010 at 9:50 am

“you you you I wan’t to talk about you” I don’t quite understand?

Keegan Lunsford
March 12th, 2010 at 11:02 am

Another good tip is to find good times to race, I have found that the later into the night I race the more crazy it can get, and on the other hand if I race in the mornings I usually get a good group of guys to race with. One you thing you can’t stop is the Kamikazi drivers that go out and intentionally wreck people, and are all over the place with the car, slow down and pass these guys with caution, and don’t hesitate to report that person and have other racers do the same, it might not help you after the fact but it could save some other drivers later.

Jarod

Jarod Allred
April 15th, 2010 at 3:09 pm

I really had to work at it to get over 3.0 in Rook Legends. I’m the type that would rather wreck myself than to screw it up for others. Not saying it hasn’t happened but I don’t get my jollies tearing up others cars. I am currently getting my stuff together to race Legends at a few local tracks and the last thing I wan’t to do is not take it seriously. There are those that just get in the race and wreck people cause they think it’s funny. Obviously mommy and daddy pay their memberships to keep them occupied and out of their hair. Late nights do get crazy. I find that early in the morning is the best time for me to gain.

Tim

Tim
May 2nd, 2010 at 12:41 am

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