The Art of Racing in the Rain

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  1. dennis g

    dennis g Senior Member

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    Bobby Mahogany Senior Member

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    Do a lot of Snowmobile when young.
    Seriously.
     
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    TheX Voice of Reason

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    Pffft, rain...

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    I tried to find the video, unfortunately I can't find it.

    I remember a race in the 80s which was all wet. Soaking wet, masses of spray, riders careful as hell. Except Christian Sarron, who was the king of wet tracks back then.

    I saw him flying down the long straight and overtaking another rider on the brakes as if this rider was standing. The other rider was so shocked that he panicked on the brake and lost his front. As there was so much water on the tarmac, he slid 3,4 5oo ft. on his behind all hydroplaning until the straight ended in the gravel where he did some spectacular flips and rolls until he finally came to a rest. For a second or a half and then he got lifted up head down again to drop and finally all the energy was gone. He left walking on his own feet.

    Sarron won with a few rounds distance to the next racer IIRC
     
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    I always liked watching rain racing in any motorsport. It’s the great equalizer. It negates any horsepower advantages and basically comes down the setup and rider/driver.
     
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    used to love racing in the rain. drove small bore sports cars, and as noted, its a great equalizer.
     
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    dennis g Senior Member

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    Ditto. Drove F2000 and various sports cars, and was one of the "idiots" who liked racing in the "wet". Of course, it helped that I learned to drive on snow and ice in the Northeast US LOL
     
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    seems like the people in vintage racing did not like to have rain tires. they would stay on slicks, sliding all around and not going too well. I used to have a set of street tires for the rain, and would basically drive right around most of them
     

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