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Driving in Rally Races Involves Teamwork and Timing

By Rob Colbourn Subscribe to RSS | January 10th 2012 | Views:

Rally racing typically comes down to timing, teamwork, and a goodly amount of driving skill. Drivers often rely on a team member to assist by logging information, determining the best route according to road conditions ahead, and keeping track of the times between points. Many details are involved including where each check point is and how good the times have been run between each of those check points. Additionally, recording gas consumption, road conditions, plus condition of the vehicles tires must be recorded and measured so no unexpected events happen, to further slowdown the racer’s progress in the competition.

It’s a high speed (controlled) thrill ride with a long history The sport of rally style racing actually got its start back in 1894 with Horseless Carriage racing in Paris, France. Then the decision as to who was the winner was determined by a jury and the sport soon spread throughout Europe. Typically the drivers never competed directly with one another but rather kept their own times and distances recorded individually. It was the job of an observer or passenger who rode along, keeping record of speed, mileage, fuel, and time. They also tried to help drivers avoid traffic hazards as they raced down the highways and country roadways that were part of the course. Even today drivers need to be wary of any dangers such as pedestrians, farm animals, and other automobiles along their route.

Consistency wins the day in the sport of rally racing the race can be won or lost depending on the driver’s consistency when racing over the course. They need to make good times, maintain good speed, and get from point A to point B without a traffic collision or other catastrophe. Knowing the road ahead can make the difference and that’s where a good team member or partner comes in handy. If they have studied the roadways ahead they should know of any hazards including construction or major slowdowns and advise the driver as he approaches them. Gravel roads for instance can be a problem for some drivers more than others and should be warned about or guided around the area through choosing another route.

Competitive driving means keeping cool under pressure Racing competitively, whether rally type, NASCAR, drag racing, or Grand Prix style means high speeds and while there are thrills to be seen by the crowds of fans it is done moderately safely thanks to technology and safety features built in to the automobiles.

Additionally, drivers must be well trained and experienced with their style of racing so they can complete the course without incident or injury. When accidents do occur it may be traumatic to the driver, the race team, and the audiences as well. No one wants to get hurt and everyone wants to keep it an enjoyable and memorable sporting event. Today the cars are much safer than one hundred years ago and there are courses available to help teach drivers how to best compete safely. A sport rich in tradition, rally driving remains a popular pastime for all participants.

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