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Old 12-08-2008, 07:55 AM   #1
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Default Starting grid - straight or staggered?

Just been watching a few videos on YouTube and noticed that some events seem to prefer a "straight" starting grid for the finals rather than the more traditional (in my opinion, being brought up on F1) "staggered" grid.

Any reason for this? Do drivers have a preference?
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Personally, I think the straight grid is best. One car per line. Each car should get the choice of where on the line to grid their car at. This is how it's done at the Cactus Classic. There should be space between each car. The staggered grids in F1 have shown to be a problem. Michael Schumacher commented frequently that it was better to qualify 3rd than 2nd because you can then be on the clean side of the track.
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I think all cars should be started in a pile at the first turn. You get to go when the corner marshall flips you. Cut out the whole tone and pre-pile up tradition.
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I think it varies on track size, shape and how hard/easy the first corner is going to be.

Oval racing on a short OVAL - we start single file on the back straight for heats, but double file for mains.

Road racing for club races we do IFMAR/STAGGERED clock starts for heat, but double file "Shotgun" start for the mains. But we have a large track, and the racers are good enough to blend going into the first LH 180 degree corner.

For VT/A - we line up diagonally in single file on the inside wall, and we don't use IFMAR style clock, and that's kind of a kick in the butt.
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I think all cars should be started in a pile at the first turn. You get to go when the corner marshall flips you. Cut out the whole tone and pre-pile up tradition.
Now THAT my friends, is FUNNY!!!!!

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IMO in 1/12th staggered is the best so your spur doesn't get smashed, but I like a straight line in TC.
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