Beat­ing the bo­gey

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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

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