Guide To Rally Co Driving


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At the finish control it is easy to make costly mistakes, especially if you arrive right behind the previous car. Make sure you get the correct time recorded on your time card before you leave the control.

You will now proceed on a non-competitive road section to either another special stage or to a service area. Either way, make sure you are on time when you arrive at the next arrival control, but do not enter the control early!

If Stage 1 is followed by another Stage, simply follow the instructions for Stage 1 as already described.

If the next scheduled event is Service, the road book and time card will specify how many minutes you are allowed to service. Treat the service like a road section, and make sure you arrive at the "Service In" and "Service Out" exactly on time.

Tony UK 1994

Do not leave Service too soon as you will be penalized! If you have to make repairs that take longer than the service time allowed you can depart late, but you will incur penalties that eat into your "maximum lateness" time so you risk being excluded from the rally. That is why it is important to prioritize the service tasks. In most instances it is better to leave the Service Area on time but with some tasks not done if you run out of time.

Remember that the driver and co driver are allowed to repair the car (but not in time control areas) so minor repairs can be completed during the following road section if necessary. If you have to do this, make sure tools and parts are in the car before you leave Service.

Now that you have dealt with road sections, special stages, and service areas, and you understand the road book and time cards, the rest of the rally should be easy!.......

During the Rally Continued



Some rallies have a break, usually overnight, known as "Parc Ferme". This simply means that the cars are parked in a closed area, and the rally is essentially "frozen" until the cars depart. No servicing is allowed at Parc Ferme.

If you are late on a road section due to an emergency situation such as an accident (not involving you!), you may be able to persuade the rally organizers that your delay was justified on safety grounds and have them remove the penalty. Rallies work on the principle that the cars will not speed or break the law, so you can take advantage of that. Getting a fire or police department official to sign a quick statement of facts usually does the trick....

When you plan your service schedule, you should take into account what the car will be doing between service halts. For example if there are several long stages between service halts you should consider putting two spare tires in the rally car. Conversely, if there is a single short stage followed immediately by a service area, save weight and run the stage without a spare tire.