There is some segment of the audience, a segment the size of which we do not care to speculate, that watches motor racing for the crashes.
There is a larger segment who would like to see racing move away from the parity that sees all the cars so equally matched that a race winner is often the team who has the best fortune on any given day.
The parity argument is one that permeates sports and in most instances, almost anyone would agree that sporting events that feature decent competition are preferable to bloodbaths, but motor racing may have taken the parity issue too far.
NASCAR and Indianapolis comes to mind in the U.S. F1 racing, even where teams and drivers speak of the performance edge enjoyed by Mercedes and Ferrari often comes down to pit strategy and starting grid position.
Supercars driver Dave Reynolds said much the same about his motor sports code.
He told The Daily Telegraph, “It is the same old story in motorsport,’’ Reynolds said after a Nissan and a Ford joined him on the Phillip Island podium.“Everyone in front of me cheats and everyone behind me can’t drive for s***.’’
Reynolds was being a bit extreme with the analogy, but his point echoes that of many in the motor racing codes.
Reynolds is having a good start to the season, with some, both detractors and supporters, claiming that improved aerodynamics of his Commodore is behind his improved fortunes.
“That is motorsport. Everyone thinks that anyone beating them is a cheat. No one says it is because they are doing a better job. That is just the way it is. The only time no one is cheating is when you win,’’ Reynolds said.
Reynolds was on the second step of the podium after finishing the Phillip Island 500 behind Scott McLaughlin and ahead of Rick Kelly in third.
By Reynold’s logic, then, except for the fact that he was not entirely serious, as is often his wont, would be that McLaughlin cheated and Kelly cannot drive.