Rally lessons

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Jeff Ledger made some sober­ing ob­ser­va­tions when re­fer­ring to the 2017 WRC rules ( MN, April 13) about speeds, stage times and spec­ta­tor safety con­cerns.

It’s ir­rel­e­vant to spec­ta­tors that stage times have now su­per­seded those of the 30-year old Group B cars be­cause you can­not ‘see’ it from any van­tage point within the stage. So why en­cour­age cars to go faster? Which, as Mr Ledger points out, is what the 2017 WRC rules will do.

Speed doesn’t equate to spec­ta­cle so let’s ban the tur­bocharged en­gine. That will re­duce power and speed.

Free­ing up in­duc­tion noise has an ad­van­tage. It lib­er­ates the dif­fer­ent and in­tox­i­cat­ing sounds of rally car engines be­cause to­day’s rally cars all sound the same and frankly, to me, they sound like de­mented wasps or Hoovers.

Next step – ban four-wheel-drive. Both tur­bos and four-wheel drive have been around long enough now. Sure, the cars will be less ef­fec­tive at putting their power down but that won’t stop driv­ers try­ing. The whole spec­ta­cle of spe­cial stage ral­ly­ing came through rel­a­tively in­ef­fi­cient cars and the driv­ers’ skills in mak­ing those cars work re­gard­less.

Some­times in life you do have to look back to go for­ward, to tear up the rule book and go back to ba­sics. Jeremy Re­seigh-watts Via email

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