What is blocking?


One of the guys that wanted this subforum is hot to have me add all the content. I tried to explain that if he and his buddies were all excited about the creation of this subforum, they can whip out their keyboards and start pounding the ivories. While they digest that I will try to do something useful.

3 years ago at CMP another driver was annoyed with me because I didn’t let him take turn 8 from me. He came out of 7 a couple car lengths back and I could sense him looking at 8 hungrily so I moved over to mid-track so he wouldn’t get greedy. If he had been clearly faster than me I’d have stayed on the outside and feathered the throttle just a hair which would have communicated to him “you can have this corner”. But he was only barely faster so I figured there was no reason for me to roll over like a patsy. So heading into 8 looking at his greedy eyes in the mirror, I wanted to clearly communicate to him “you can’t have the corner” so I moved to center track and blocked him.

We did this exact dance 2 laps in a row.

After the race he came up to me and, not happy, asked “Why did you block me”? “Why didn’t you let me by”?

I answered “because it’s a race”. I’m pretty sure he didn’t thing my response was as funny as I did.

IMO you are perfectly free to make a move to block. You can also make a second move under the right conditions. From the NASA CCR 25.4.4
A driver may choose to protect his or her line so long as it is not considered blocking. Blocking is defined as two (2) consecutive line changes to “protect his/her line,” and in doing so, impedes the vehicle that is trying to pass with each of the two (2) consecutive movements.

So you can move inside to block, then at the last minute, move to the outside for a conventional turn-entry. That’s not what I did in that race, but I think the rules say that I could have. If, on the other hand, you move inside to block and the guy behind you then moves to the outside, you now can’t make a 2nd move to block him again. You are stuck on the inside line.

Thoughts? Examples? Videos?