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Mon, 22 Jan 2007 21:46:34 GMTNo descriptionA New Racer Head
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<p>May not seem like much of a topic for a blog post, and I certainly haven't posted in a while, but I thought it would be worth welcoming our new group member, <a href="/users/view_user_profile/2118" title="Bandit&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;am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Profile">Bandit's Vitals</a>. Welcome aboard, mate! Please make use of the message board and comments, and invite your friends. There's lots of room in here (seeing as we don't exactly have a crowd yet), so feel free to wander around and make yourself at home. </p><a href="/users/view_user_profile/2118" 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Profile"></a>Mon, 22 Jan 2007 21:46:34 GMThttp://www.fannation.com/blogs/post/5023RiverPace Yourself
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<p>So <a href="../users/view_user_profile/146">Heather B</a> raised a good question in the forum. What about those pace notes that the co-drivers are reading from? First, a little explanation of the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Rally_Championship">WRC system</a> for the uninitiated:</p><p><a href="http://wrc.com">WRC</a> cars often travel over 100 mph on courses that can be paved, gravel (dirt), even snow. The races are run in all types of weather, including rain, so the course can be extremely slippery. And these are not race tracks, these are real roads, usually backroads in the countryside, so you can imagine what the conditions are like.</p><p>Each team goes through the course one at a time, a few minutes apart. Each one is timed, and the fastest time wins the stage. A single event includes anywhere from 16 to 27 stages, over the course of three days. The fastest total time over all stages wins the event. </p><p>There's a driver (duh), who keeps the car on the road while going as fast as possible through the course.</p><p><img title="Gronholm and Rautiainen" src="http://unit-e.com/images/co-driver.jpg" height="369" alt="Gronholm and Rautiainen" width="500" /> This is where the co-driver comes in. The co-driver is a navigator, in a sense. By reading the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pacenotes">pace notes</a>, the co-driver is alerting the driver so that he can anticipate what's coming up and brake early enough for a tight turn, or accelerate going into a straightaway before it's entirely visible. The co-driver has to tell the driver what's coming up early enough so that it can be anticipated and speed can be maximized, but not so early that the driver has to remember too much. It's a delicate balance, and really good rally teams have almost a mind-meld, such that the driver is fully committed to what he is told by the co-driver, often in spite of what he sees.</p><p>As for the notes themselves, there is a short-hand system of notation that is used to capture every feature on a recon run through the course. The notes are then read out in a somewhat expanded form by the co-driver. When a team is really successful, like Loeb and Elena, it's a pretty amazing thing to watch.</p><p>The notes look something like this:</p><p>MC1 100 KL2 100 KR2 200 SQL 100 KR4 50Y!->R2+ (D/C!) 100 +SQR 400 F->CR->KL4 100 MC2</p> <p>Which translates to this:<br /></p> <ul><li>From Main Control 1 (start), 100 metres straight to a kink left, severity 2</li><li>100 metres, kink right severity 2</li><li>200 m, square left (90°)</li><li>100 m, kink right severity 4</li><li>50 m, yump (caution!) into immediate right hand bend severity 2 tightens (caution, don't cut [the corner, due to hazard on the inside]!)</li><li>100 m, oversquare right</li><li>400 m, flat (maximum speed) into crest into kink left severity 4</li><li>100 m to Main Control 2 (finish)</li></ul><p>(from <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pacenotes">Wikipedia</a>) </p><p>At first, it can be hard to see the value of a co-driver. I mean, where else do race car drivers have a copilot? But when you think about the speeds and the terrain they're travelling over, you can start to appreciate how it would be nearly impossible to make it all the way through a course, with no practice runs, often at over 100 mph, without what amounts to a mental map of what's coming up in the next 10 seconds.</p><p>If you were driving 80 mph on a slippery dirt road and there was a hairpin turn coming up and then 100 meters later a ridge (that's a jump at those speeds) and right after the ridge a sweeping turn in the other direction, you'd probably want to know that ahead of time.</p><p>In the last few events (Finland and Japan) you can see some examples of the co-driver messing up the pace notes. In one case, it almost reduced the co-driver to tears. Pretty intense stuff. <a href="http://motorsport-torrents.info/index.php?series=WRC">So go watch some rally</a> and hopefully you'll have a new appreciation of the art of the sport. </p>Sat, 09 Sep 2006 17:59:46 GMThttp://www.fannation.com/blogs/post/740RiverLinks for Rally Fans
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<p>Some handy links for rally fans (or for those who wish to be rally fans).</p><p>Start by <a href="http://motorsport-torrents.info/index.php?series=WRC">downloading</a> and watching some rally (requires a <a href="http://www.bittorrent.com/index.html">Bittorrent</a> client). If you're not a fan yet, you will be.</p><p>The <a href="http://wrc.com">official site of WRC</a>. Lots of paid content, but some good free overview stuff and a place to find schedules, etc.</p><p>A good (and free) WRC <a href="http://www.rallye-info.com/newsletter.asp">email newsletter</a> from <a href="http://www.rallye-info.com/">Rallye-Info.com</a>. Stay up to date on the latest events and rally news.</p><p>The BBC has <a href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/motorsport/world_rally/default.stm">good rally coverage</a> in their Sports section.</p><p><a href="http://www.autosport.com/">Autosport.com</a> has a <a href="http://www.autosport.com/rss/wrcnews.xml">WRC RSS feed</a>.</p><p>If you know of other good resources please send me a fanmail or put it in the comments and I'll add them here.</p><p>Rally on, Rally fans! </p>Thu, 07 Sep 2006 16:22:19 GMThttp://www.fannation.com/blogs/post/730RiverBig in Japan
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<p>Sebastian Loeb, the French driver who pilots for the Kronos Citroen team, set a new record for wins with his victory at the Rally of Japan. He now has 27 career wins, one more than the 26 legendary Carlos Sainz managed in his entire career.</p><p>The remarkable thing about Loeb's record, though, is the fact that he managed it in four years, having only joined the WRC circuit in 2002. He almost took the title in 2003, his first full season, won the driver's championship in 2004 and 2005, and is on track for a dominating victory in this year's driver's points race.</p><p>The man is only 32 years old and has much of his career ahead of him. If he continues to drive at this level for another few years he could possibly double the win total of Sainz, a nearly unthinkable feat.</p><p>Obviously, Schumacher, as a race driver, offers an easy comparison. But Loeb is so early in his career, that the best comparison I can come up with is Tiger Woods. Like woods, Loeb is completely focused, with icewater in his veins. He remains calm at all times and drives with a precision that seems superhuman, even in the most difficult conditions, like those of Rally Germany this year, where a difficult, mixed-surface course was made even more treacherous by rain. He seems to make almost no mistakes (I think I've seen him go off course once, maybe twice, this whole season), and when he does he recovers from them unbeleivably quickly. He also has the added advantage of a great car and a team that is clearly excellent. His car has been almost entirely free of mechanical problems this season, a rarity in WRC.</p><p>Next year looks to be very promissing for Loeb as well, with a relaunched Citroen factory team and <a href="http://www.ultimatecarpage.com/frame.php?file=car.php&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;carnum=2111">a new car</a> (the C4). His closest competitor this year, <a href="http://www.mgr.fi/">Marcus Gronholm</a>, has had a strong year in the new Ford Focus, and has taken several wins and pushed Loeb consistently. But with some mechanical problems and a few driving mistakes, he appears to be out of reach of the driver's championship. Rally fans can only hope that he and other top drivers, such as Peter Solberg, continue to challenge Loeb, keep the events competitive, and perhaps even manage a championship against this superhuman rally racer.</p><p>So here's to Seb and his record win in Japan. It's not often we get to see an athlete set a new standard of greatness. </p>Thu, 07 Sep 2006 16:10:18 GMThttp://www.fannation.com/blogs/post/729Riverrally rally rally
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<p>what's up rally fans? we're here because we love rally racing and we want to bring it to the states. give me 4 bangers with turbos and awd going 100+ mph on real roads any day over that oval-track boringness they call nascar.</p><p>for those of you who are not yet familiar with the radical racing we call rally, head over to <a href="http://motorsport-torrents.info/">this site</a> and download yourselves some video (you'll need a bittorrent client). watch a bit and you'll be hooked like loeb taking a haripin turn in sardinia.</p><p>so join up, speak up, and give it up for wrc! <br /></p>Tue, 05 Sep 2006 04:07:39 GMThttp://www.fannation.com/blogs/post/724River