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Watch Randy Pobst Teach You How to Pass on a Racetrack

Get past your competitors, one step at a time.

Motor Trend resident hot-shoe and professional racing driver Randy Pobst already taught you all about oversteer, and on the latest episode of "The Racing Line," he's dishing up lessons about passing on the track. Pobst picks out a Porsche 911 GT3 and a BMW M3 to give some hands-on demonstrations of the best ways to pass your competitors.

To get past another car on track, Pobst explains that you first need to find an advantage you have over another driver. That can be better power, better handling, better brakes, or better skills than the other driving. There is a final option: "Just jam it in there on pure bravery," although Pobst cautions it's a risky approach. "But if you that, be aware it could cause drivers to throw helmets, crews to lose sleep, and me to walk away from a fiery explosion."

Passing in a straight line can be as simple as taking advantage of your car's horsepower, says Pobst, and blasting by your rival. "Wait for a long straight, and let your gas pedal do the work," he explains. Pobst also demonstrate how to "draft" a leading car and whip past them, how a better-handling car can slingshot past slower ones in turns, or by outbraking a car entering a turn.

The bottom line is that there is no one way to pass an opponent on the race track, but many techniques that you'll need depending on your racing situation. There's also one final rule Pobst has for a successful on-track overtake: "The golden rule of passing: No hitting, kids. Pass responsibly, driving enthusiasts."

For a closer look at how to pass a BMW M3 with a Porsche 911 GT3, watch the full episode of The Driving Line below.