The motor sport known as rally driving most likely got its start back in 1911 at the very first Monte Carlo Rally. In 1894 the term rallying was actually started at the Horseless Carriage races in Paris. At that time it was a jury who decided the winners according to observer reports. These observers rode in the cars along side the rally drivers, and gave their opinion as to who was the best driver with the best operating car on that particular day. The rally sport led to competitions from one city to another in France and later in other European countries. They do not compete directly among each other but instead have their own start times by which they are able to compete against their own times between each point. An observer or passenger is accorded the task of keeping track of time, mileage, and also helping the driver to avoid traffic hazards such as farm animals, other automobiles, and pedestrians as they speed along the chosen route.
Speed and consistence give rally drivers the edge needed to win
In rally racing it’s all about being consistent and making good times between control points. Although speed is most definitely vital to win the rally race from point A to point B the consistency factor enters in when measuring the overall journey. There are many factors to be considered, especially regarding road type, conditions, and weather. Some drivers simply control their car better on gravel roads than others and this often comes with practice and experience.
Take driving classes before jumping into the fray!
Check online or in the phone books for driving schools that cater to rally drivers and you will find they are available nearly everywhere. The instructors are usually experienced racers themselves with the job of instructing being considered their “day job”, leaving the weekends free for their passion which is rally driving competition. Look for an instructor who is known and experienced if possible and he or she will most likely give you more than your money’s worth when they share their experiences with their students.
Drive fast but keep your cool under pressure
Competitive driving, whether it be engaging in the sport of Grand Prix style racing, drag racing, sprint car racing, NASCAR type racing, dirt track or oval track racing, or rally type racing is a form of endurance competition for both driver and vehicle. Rally drivers have the added advantage of an observer or partner who assists by keeping track of progress throughout the course. Modern cars are far safer than previously built models and drivers who have taken courses in safe driving and learn the rules will be far more likely to complete races without harming themselves or their automobiles.
Pedal to the metal may not be enough to win
Having the nerve to drive flat out, at high speed on roadways that may not be considered the safest, is where rally racing is most often conducted. Drivers who think ahead and can make split second decisions using lightening fast reflexes are the ones who will win the course. Practice on controlled tracks before attempting to race elsewhere and you will learn how important it is to become familiar with the course you plan to race on. Rally driving is a fun and highly competitive sport that is gaining steadily in popularity and that is because it is exciting for audiences as well as participants so let’s keep it that way!