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You know what I find interesting from looking at the times from that site is how much slower the rally drivers are than the "circuit" drivers, and how fast the bike guys were. Seems like if nothing else the rally drivers should have been fastest if only from knowledge of the cars. Curious.
 

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See my post in the World Conference at:

http://www.specialstage.com/forum/cgi-bin/DCForumID6/95.html#5

It raises some questions about why there was no rally representative from the USA and who should have been there.

However, congratulations to the NASCAR and bike guys - perhaps this is where we should be looking for our next generation of rally drivers.

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>You know what I find interesting from looking at the times
>from that site is how much slower the rally drivers are than
>the "circuit" drivers, and how fast the bike guys were.
>Seems like if nothing else the rally drivers should have
>been fastest if only from knowledge of the cars. Curious.

The circuit has minor route variations and in previous years the rally drivers have driven a slightly different course than the other drivers. Also, it is difficult to compare times even on the same configuration, since the drivers use different cars from run to run. The best comparisons can be made today when the top drivers go head to head in the Race of Champions.

Doug Woods
 

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Doug,

Their time is much faster than time to make decisions about this sport by many Rally Organizers in North America.
Is it the right time for SOME of the old-timers to stop compare step down and let this sport to grow up?

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>It raises some questions about why there was no rally
>representative from the USA and who should have been there.

>Doug Woods

I can't see where an American rally representative would have a chance to get the exposure that Gordon and Rookie J Johnson would get. Besides, the Nascar drivers are PROFESSIONAL drivers, racing 30+ times a year.

Looking at the left of my window, here, at the 2002 final standings, I see the first possible choice as Paul Choinere, who didn't have that remarkable a year. Rhys Millen wasn't really quite there either, and has only one win (did he ever win before the 2002 season?) as well.

The best bang for the buck is the team that represented the USA, while the reach out to many many more homes and race fans couldn't have been accomplished by a more popular group as a pair of Nascar drivers.
 

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I agree, the drivers that were chosen won, and they have a very large following throughout the US which is good for spreading the word on rally.

This result may have a bigger impact on the general publics exposer to the sport of rally than if regular US rally drivers were invited.


Dare I say, it may be worth more to us than the Speed chanels coverage of the SCCA events, which tend to make US rally look very lame to the average US motorsport enthusiast.


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heh heh, very true. Sometimes I look around at what's going on in the rest of the world and have to wonder what the hell we all are bitching about.......then that "Radar love" commercial comes on and I get pissed.......}>



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