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Old 09-19-2010, 11:12 PM
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Originally Posted by whiteboyslo View Post
Eh, yes and no. I mean, yeah, they can always vary up the track (as they should to make it fair IMO), but in the few years I've been following it (admittedly this is only my 2nd full season of watching), it seems like they really like to run the same stuff over and over again.

And while they do allow recon runs, there's a big difference between Sebastian Loeb making a note that a cut path is about 3 mm wider than he remembers it last year vs Ken Block going 'Oh, OK. Lefthand turn. Got it.'

But I do agree that, at the end of the day, the qualities that make Ken so friggin' awesome at all these Gymkhana and smaller rally events don't always translate to WRC because it really is a different skillset.

Well specifically the difference is for American drivers is that "pace notes" for Rally America rallies are generated by the organizers of the rallies themselves and the co drivers merely call them out. Sometimes for a fee the organizers might let you drive one of the stages at road speed before the rally.

In the WRC and most other national rally championships around the world, the driver and co driver have to "recce" the special stages and do their own notes, which is a skill itself. Also WRC are more longer and more miles than a Rally America event.

Rally America and rally in America in general is a small sport compared to how it is in the rest of the world. You can count on one hand the number of guys in the USA that make a living as a driver from it.

The "skill set" in terms of driving comes to do for Ken to much quicker cars and trickier roads plus the note issue.

And no there is no fairness with the road, as the road changes. Ruts form, rocks get pushed around, then there is the weather. So nothing is the same.
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