Why choose Rally Pro for Mille Miglia?
The Mille Miglia is different to regularity rally events here in the UK and other parts of the world. It requires the navigator to continuously manage multiple timing and distance aspects and the driver to nail the time control air hoses to the 1/100th of a second. In 2017 the top UK team, in their Bugatti, and the highest placed Aston Martin used the GaugePilot Rally Pro and we helped many other teams achieve personal bests or exceed their expectations.
For 2018, over 4 days and 16 Time Controls (CO's) there will be 25 Passage Controls (CT's), 6 Average Speed Trials (PM's) and 112 Time Trials (PC's) for the crews to master whilst following the route book tulips (subject to late changes each day, to keep competitors on their toes) and navigating the enthusiastic crowds and spirited Italian traffic.
CO/TC The Time Controls (CO/TC) break each day's route into segments, with three competitors starting each minute, at the first Time Control of the day. To limit competitors to safe speeds, and prevent the event running as a road race, an overall average speed for each segment much be respected, with competitors expected to arrive at the next time Control (CO/TC), and hand their Time Card over to the official, in their designated minute.
CT The Passage Controls (CT/PC) check that the correct route for the rally is being observed. The opening and closing times of the CT/PC will be notified by the Clerk of the course Bulletin. At the CT/PCs, drivers must stop the cars in order for the check stamp or “all clear” stamp to be printed in the relative area of the Time Card. The absence of this stamp will mean exclusion.
PM/AT Average Trials (PM/AT) are those sections of the route where drivers must keep precisely to a set average speed. This is specified to 2 decimal places and is different to the average speed for the overall Time Control. During each PM / AT, the car is timed at several 'random' timing points, plus the section end, with the actual arrival time compared to the ideal time at each point. Penalty points are calculated for each second of error, based on the average timing error.
PC/TT Time Trials (PC/TT) are short (typical tens to hundreds of metres) timed sections of the route, between two consecutive timing points (air hoses), between which the car must spend precisely the set amount of time. Timing are made to the 1/100th of a second, and penalty points awarded for each 1/100th second error. Often a number of PC/TT stages are placed back-to-back, with the next PC/TT starting as the previous PC/TT ends, each with a different average speed required.
Practice makes perfect as the UK team in the Bugatti demonstrated in Verona in 2017.
The GaugePilot Farina software has been developed specifically to reduce the stress on the crew by having all timing and distance aspects managed in one instrument, rather than juggling multiple rally instruments from different manufacturers; Allowing the crew to focus on the route, perform better on each segment, and enjoy the spectacular atmosphere of this iconic event.