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#1 dalek

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Posted 31 December 2016 - 11:17 AM

In a race with sit-outs, when a driver finishes his/her last heat but the race is not over, the car's postition on the track needs to be marked.
 
It seems that the most common method is to stick the lane sticker on the side or top edge of the track.
 
How about putting a piece of masking tape on each side of the track, using a piece of string to position the tape (see photo)? 
 
Do you have a simpler method to accurately mark a car's position?
 
It's rare that such accurate marking is necessary but it does happen, as pointed out in post #8 of this THREAD
 
Post #8 reads, in part, 
 
"It's kind of funny that you bring this point up. That is exactly what happened to me at a Sano several years ago. Neither myself or the other driver could remember the exact position of the our cars and we ended up having to have a two lane run-off, which unfortunately I lost and ended up losing the last podium spot."

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Posted 31 December 2016 - 12:35 PM

Same concept but quicker method may be a stick that rests on top of the walls with the lower part positioned at the cars nose. Then the white sticker with driver's name gets placed on wall. Drivers who are way off the pace can just eyeball it to speed things along.


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Posted 31 December 2016 - 12:54 PM

The R4 has used a method that has worked for years. Cars get a number in tech. Sticker on the side of the track with that car number where the nose of the car was.

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Posted 31 December 2016 - 02:07 PM

You can't race with a string across the track.
 
If a sticker on the wall isn't accurate enough for someone, maybe the race off, like we had at Sano 2, is the answer.
 
To be honest, I don't remember why it wasn't at that race.
 
At recent Sanos, including GT Coupe, none of the races are based on lap totals in multiple/different races.
 
While we might have had one round-robin, the racer with the most laps in the A Main is the winner.

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Posted 31 December 2016 - 02:07 PM

The local club track uses snap closepins on the track's sidewall.


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Posted 31 December 2016 - 03:21 PM

Every one has a lane change card with there name and a large clothespin to fasten it to the track.
​The back of the lane card lines up with the front of the car.
We have had several ties with a few inches between cars down to less than one inch.


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Posted 31 December 2016 - 03:28 PM

We use clothespins (you know, for hanging laundry on a line).

 

Each driver has his own, decorated to his own taste.


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Posted 31 December 2016 - 04:44 PM

At Mobile Raceways when you finish your heat during a round robin the car is placed in the infield inline with where it finished.We have had some race positions decided by millimetres.
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Posted 01 January 2017 - 03:27 AM

I use one of these. Fits in my trackside pit box and it stays put. So for I have only forgotten to retrieve it several dozen times but it always seems to come back to me as I put my initials on both sides of it.
 
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Posted 01 January 2017 - 06:51 PM

Every one has a lane change card with there name and a large clothespin to fasten it to the track.
​The back of the lane card lines up with the front of the car.
We have had several ties with a few inches between cars down to less than one inch.


The lane card is also used to mark the spot every time a car is picked up for any reason. The card can be any thing like a business card to a $50 dollar bill.
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Posted 02 January 2017 - 04:24 PM

You can't race with a string across the track.

 
You wouldn't leave the string across the track,  it is only used to position the two pieces of masking tape.

If you had pieces of masking tape stuck to the sides of the track in various places, and a few five-foot long pieces of string placed around the room for quick access, it might be fairly quick to do.
 
In a round-robin race, only a few cars would need to be marked. An eight-lane track with 12 drivers would only require four to be marked.
 
If you merge races, like might happen in the Florida Series, then all cars in the first race would need to be marked.

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Posted 02 January 2017 - 04:30 PM

Simple.
 
Abolish round-robbins. :)
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Posted 03 January 2017 - 08:09 PM

 
You wouldn't leave the string across the track,  it is only used to position the two pieces of masking tape.

If you had pieces of masking tape stuck to the sides of the track in various places, and a few five-foot long pieces of string placed around the room for quick access, it might be fairly quick to do.
 
In a round-robin race, only a few cars would need to be marked. An eight-lane track with 12 drivers would only require four to be marked.
 
If you merge races, like might happen in the Florida Series, then all cars in the first race would need to be marked.

It  would be a 2 man operation, if you are looking for it to be ultra-precise.
 
You might be better off with the patented Chicagoland Raceway car marker.
 
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Posted 08 January 2017 - 09:29 PM

At Mobile Raceways when you finish your heat during a round robin the car is placed in the infield inline with where it finished.We have had some race positions decided by millimetres.

This is what we do at BPR's flat track. Not sure about the King, as I have not run on it in about two years or so.


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