Quite often, big egos and small reserves of talent go hand-in-hand at track days, and the organizers do their best to keep those swollen heads from inflating any further and putting other drivers in harm’s way. It’s not always detectable, though, since some people have two personalities—racing Jekylls and Hydes—and don’t show their pride until late in the day.
The style of track etiquette the is usually established at the beginning of the day when the organizers give the spiel before people set off. Passing rules often require a point by, but even when they don’t, most groups insist drivers pass on the straighter sections of the course, and most certainly before the turn-in point. Even what the man in the GT-R tried at 1:41 might not sit well in some amateur racing circles.
After barging by, the man in the white Nissan makes it clear he’s in over his head. For one, he lines aren’t the neatest, to put it politely. Undaunted by some slightly sketchy moments, he takes a trip off into the grass in completely avoidable fashion as if to let his pursuer know he’s serious.
There’s such a disparity in power between the two that even at 2:45, when the GT-R pulls aside and brakes momentarily; ostensibly giving his rival a chance to pass, there’s little the Lotus can do and, growing impatient, the white car spools its turbos and sails away. After another agricultural excursion at 3:52, the man in the Lotus nips, by—but only by a narrow margin. It seems the man in the Nissan felt he was still in the nonexistent race, and that running off-course was kosher. You know, like in the racing games.
Thankfully, guardrail riding isn’t something that’s actually possible outside of Gran Turismo.