"In 2010, for example, there were 1,945 protests filed and 3,541 filed in 2011. Those numbers only include accepted protests in which we created a “case.”"
If, out of 3510 accepted cases, we consider 5% of them as being caused by wreckers, that gives almost 180 cases. 5%, imo, is too low for what I have seen or read, but even so, that is too much. It either means a few people are free to roam around and cause wrecks with full impunity, or there are quite a few wreckers out there (if we consider they act "humanely", only performing their deeds once or twice a year).
Imo, nothing to be disregarded with a "ppl overexaggerate". [Btw, discussing is good, stirring the pot is not, I'd say.]
Finally, there's also something else to consider in regards to "wreckers".
There are those that get in, and they waste no time in wreaking havoc. Sometimes you hear them laughing their brains out with their ilk.
Then there are the others. I have seen several videos and replays sent to me by friends of people who have done the following:
- almost no incidents during a race. Then they spin out. For some reason, frustration or plain stupidity, they re-enter the track and don't lose any time in wrecking those that happened to be just a tad behind them.
- the guy spins out in the middle of a race. Then, bored, decides to go against the current, driving against other cars.
- a guy is passed. No contact. Just passed. In a rage, he follows the iracer that passed him and in the next corner or so, doesn't break, taking himself and the other guy (and possibly someone else) out of the race.
- a guy won a race. He waited until the very end and then wrecked the guy behind him.
There are similar cases, and many others.
During my "time" with iRacing, I have seen 3 or 4 wreckers and once a gang of them (in a V8 Supercar practice).
This pales in comparison to the number of incidents caused by people who simply cannot stand being passed or those that think others are just big piles of something-brown-and-smelly standing in their way to a win.
Is this particular to iRacing? No.
But iRacing is the one sim that prides itself of a sporting code (and justly so, I'd say) and an authority to enforce it (FIRST). With greater power (or possibilities), comes more responsibility.