Rallying is a form of motorsport that takes place on public or private roads with modified production or specially built road-legal cars. It is distinguished by running not on a circuit, but instead in a point-to-point format in which participants and their co-drivers drive between set control points (special stages), leaving at regular intervals from one or more start points. Rallies may be won by pure speed within the stages or alternatively by driving to a predetermined ideal journey time within the stages
Rallying is not the most glamorous of sports, it's tough & very intense, man & machine go up against the clock in special stages which can range anywhere between 1 & 20 miles in length. It's all about being the fastest crew, all your times get added up into a total time at the end of an event & the overall fastest crew gets classified as the winner. Rallies can be held on Tarmac, Gravel, Mud, Snow & even ice.
The driver has a huge part in being fast but he is nothing without a decent co-driver, this person's job is to call pace notes, this give a description of the road ahead, the degree of corners, where to cut or not cut corners & of course warning the driver of any hazards ahead to watch out for.
As well as the two people In the car there is also a team based in a service park, their job is too repair the car if anything is wrong or need repairing including body work if there's head been an accident which has caused any damage to the car. All service crews are on a time limit which is specified by the organisers of the Rally.
Rally cars must have a roll cage, rally seats & six point harness. They are made as safe as possible & also carry fire extinguishers too. The cars may be the same shape as your everyday road car but when it comes down to the mechanical items then they are nothing alike, the cars are made to go as fast as possible & also made as light as possible to get the best performance out of them.