SMOKESCREEN

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I WATCHED the Ul­ti­mate Burnout Chal­lenge live feed on your Face­book page, and while you have done a great job bring­ing the event to us, and even though I would nor­mally love watch­ing such an event, I found it a lit­tle bor­ing, so I would like to share my rea­sons.

With cur­rent en­gine tech­nol­ogy and also the trend to­wards su­per­charg­ing en­gines, it be­comes re­ally easy to pro­duce smoke, which of course is bril­liant, but if too much is pro­duced no­body can see. The driver more than likely has dif­fi­culty see­ing and view­ers on dig­i­tal me­dia can’t see the driver’s skills in throw­ing their ve­hi­cle around. I cer­tainly un­der­stand that this may be a to­tally dif­fer­ent sit­u­a­tion live at the venue, but I live in Thai­land so my view of th­ese events was mostly a screen full of smoke with a V8 en­gine bounc­ing off the rev lim­iter.

The way that the driv­ers throw the cars around th­ese days is ab­so­lutely awe­some – heaps bet­ter than they did 20 years ago. How­ever, we only get to see a lit­tle bit be­fore the view be­comes a pile of smoke, so I was just think­ing that maybe the scor­ing could be changed so that it is heav­ily based on driver skill, a lit­tle less on smoke and penal­ties for hit­ting the rev lim­iter.

I un­der­stand that peo­ple have put a lot of ef­fort into this event so I re­ally hope that no­body is of­fended by my email, as it is cer­tainly not my in­ten­tion. Phil, email

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