One often considers the
rally (and the sport in general) only with the performances of its actors
but there is only one facet of the course of a rally, whether it is
regional or of world level. Discover here the backgrounds and follow
the evolution of a rally, from the beginning to the end.
A rally is
composed of three legs (Friday, Saturday and Sunday), divided into timed
sectors called the "stages", connected between them by "connections".
Before that place takes place Thursday the shakedown and the starting
ceremony. The rally finished, one establich the podium, Sunday after
midday. How are held each one of these key moments?
the drivers are entitled to a first test before the real one.
Indeed, the shakedown is a setting in legs, a first impression
of what awaits them for the three days which follow. Especially
during this morning, the crews have the occasion to show what
they are able, and to adapt to the ground, the roads, the conditions.
It is a paramount stage for them.
evening, it is the official departure of the rally. In turn,
each car pass on the starting podium. This ceremony, very symbolic,
is one moment in charge of tension for the crews and staff,
just before the race.
of a stage :
tension, rage to overcome... A cell, a countdown, a commissary
and a deserted road, the framework is posed. 5, 4, 3, 2, 1,
GO! Drivers are launched in the rally. From now, each tenth
accounts and each pilot gives all he can. Principal difficulty
of this moment: to keep its cold blood and not to leave too
early, without what it is the penalty.
jumps, brakes hand, hairpins, the meter which packs, the witnesses
who shout and stir up the flags, it is the beauty of the rally
to its apogee. The pilot is to the maximum of his concentration,
the notes of the co-pilot fuse, a less error and it is the exit,
a badly negotiated turn and it is a place in less. For the public,
it is great show. It is of course the heart of a rally, it is
there that all is played, it is by accumulating the times carried
out at the time of all stages that the classification is established.
join the following stage, the pilots must take "opened"
roads : that's what we call "connections". Only rules
: to respect the highway code and to arrive per hour at the
beginning of the following stopwatch.
rallies propose to the drivers Super-stages. Organized on an
artificial course of short distance, there are stopwatches without
much importance for the race, if it is not to divert the public.
The concept is all that is easy and spectacular : two pilots
clash on two parallel tracks. Guaranteed feelings!
which they suffer the poor cars at the time of a rally. Suspension,
engine, tires, carossery, direction, transmission... nothing
is saved! Without mechanics, the machines would not live long
time. The assistance, limited in time, is a kind of "infirmery"
to look after the small sores(adjustments) or the large ones
(following an exit, coils torn off, barrels...).
rally is finished, the race made its selection, the classification
is established and the winner will be able to enjoy. Two moments
: handing-over of prices...
... and celebration of the victory. Champagne and crowd with