2000, Aix-les-Bains to Santa Margherita Ligure
road rallies are only allowed if they keep to a certain maximum average
speed (I think somewhere around 60 km/h), so considering that most drivers
and cars are able to reach those speeds, how do you rank them or get results?
The answer to that question in rallying is to send the drivers on roads
on which you would not normally do 60 km/h for very short sections. This
is what happened today, a so-called test section. Today's schedule:
|TC 10: Aix-les-Bains OUT
|TC 11: Frejus
|TC 12: Cortemilla
|TC 13: Todocco 1
|TC 14: Todocco 2
|11 (3 minutes penalty)
|TC 15: Sassello
|TC 16: Passo de Turchino
|TC 17: Santa Margherita IN
Todocco, we were chased up the mountains with winding road. This went
okay for us with about two, three minutes to spare at the checkpoint.
But then we were chased down a narrow winding road in the woods (unfortunately
no pictures of that, the drive was too hectic) and had to go up the same
street again.Here we received a penalty of three minutes which was really
unavoidable as our speed up the mountains is constrained by the small
size of our engine (1877 ccm).
To make matters worse (or better) the sections that followed were also
hurried: In Passo de Turchino we arrived on the minute, but the final
section was okay.
We saw how one of the roadsters (a white Morgan) overheated its engine
(lots of steam) on this drive and saw many running late or complaining
about the section (the two are related proportionally). We will find out
tomorrow how we rank with our three minutes penalty: Obviously it is still
a long way back to London and any minute advantage is easily dwarfed by
the time penalties incurred through a breakdown-delay. The Rally Office
promised to publish interim results on their webpage, so you can look
them up there.
there will be another test section (in preparation of the London-Istanbul-Rally
participants - they need results). We will take the ferry after that so
we probably won't be able to get access to the Internet.
the Alps...crossing into Italy
Sestriere (no need for snow chains in May)
but it soon
enough gets mountaineous again
but some are
chased by us
Right into the
Frejus tunnel our engine stops...but after several attempts it starts
again. We speculate that it might have been a heat problem: bubbles
in the gas, etc.
Anyway we were relieved once we were out of that tunnel.
land is flat: river Po
and now the
bigger engines start chasing us
lunch at last:
after Passo de Turchino, 16:50
And the people
of BUSCH Italia Srl give us a warm welcome to their home country.