I had a conversation with the organizer of an upcoming motosport series yesterday who commented that they have had one time visits from Porsche drivers who don’t stick around because they don’t like being humiliated by guys in Honda Civics. Today’s first video is kinda like that.
This morning, Bill Caswell from BUILD RACE PARTY posted a video from the infamous Nurburgring, where a Porsche 911 GT3 driver got a taste of why Sir Jackie called the place The Green Hell.
Caswell is in the black forest preparing for his first ever race at the ‘Ring, this weekend. The driver, who you may recognize as the guy who took a Craigslist BMW, converted it to a rally car and competed in the WRC Mexico a few years ago. Caswell has enlisted the help of Robb Holland, an American who races in the BTCC in an Audi S3, to help bring him up to speed. While touring the track in a Ford Focus RS, Holland catches up with a GT3 which is clearly being over driven. It isn’t too long before we see the Porsche driver put two wheels off and then a few corners later he stuffs it into the Armco. What is really cool is that Holland calls the off well before it happens!
What many people may not realize about public lapping at The ‘Ring is that the whole pay to play concept extends to any damage you cause to the track. As Caswell explains, poorly thought out actions can prove to be even more costly.
“Not only does he have to pay for the Armco, but he continued around the WHOLE track dumping coolant everywhere when he could have exited at Breidscheid. So they had to close the session and now the 911 driver has to pay for the loss of track revenue as well.”
Years ago when I started rallying, somebody told me that “if a car catches you on stage, there is a reason. It might be a fast driver in a slower car, it might be a fast driver who has had an off and is now trying to get back on pace or it might be a nutjob who is crazy fast until he crashes. Whichever it is, you don’t want to be in the way, just let him by.” You never know, it might be a real pro like Holland, who has more talent in his little finger than you do. Just because you are driving a GT3 does not mean you should try to prevent a hot hatch from catching you!