Beating the bogey
I have been interested in the recent debate about bogey times in rallying ( MN, August 10).
The challenge is in handling the car at speeds of up to 100mph through corners and over crests. That is where the ability of the competitors shines through. Any idiot can drive flat out down a straight line.
What would happen if the rulemakers fitted speed limiters? They could be, for example, 120mph for World Rally Cars, 110mph for European Rally Championship cars and 100mph for national rallying events.
Bogey times would still remain at the same level as they are now. With a reduced top speed, that would mean that stage times would be set with drivers showing their ability through corners, over crests etc. That is where the real skill and excitement lies for the fans. Mike George Edinburgh