Rallye Raid Navigation TUAREG 2012 18th – 26th March RACE2RECOVERY Sign-on / Scrutineering + Kit • Assume you will need to organise your Driver! • Have a copy of all timings handy at all times (especially for anything you may receive penalties for – drivers briefing, sign-on time, scrutineering time etc). • Ensure you and your driver have; • Licences – drivers only for Tuareg • Permission to Race Letter (from MSA) – not required for Tuareg • Vehicle Registration • Vehicle Insurance • Permission to use vehicle (from whoever is listed as owner) • A pen • Contact numbers for the rest of the team • A phrase book for whichever country you are in (French is often handy) • A GPS – often handy for moving around – mark relevant points to give to other team members as required In-Car Layout & Kit • Daysack/Rucksack – keep anything you need both in and out of the car that is easy to hand, but with a small carrabena to stop it being thrown about (or easily stolen) – under your knees right in front of the seat I find best. Any paperwork (or electrics) in waterproof pouches/plastic bags • Site a Camelback each side of each seat (I usually use energy drink in one and water in the other) • Ensure you have; • Roadbook • Regulations & Timings • Maps of days route • Goggles • Buff/Scarf – always handy for cleaning & sandstorms • Small Torch • Spare batteries for any kit (GPS, torches etc) • Food (nothing that breaks up too easily or is too fiddly to open) • Penknife, Duct tape, selection of tie-wraps. Handy Items • Cap/Hat • Magnet • Electrical test meter • Sunglasses • Nappies • Suncream • Toilet Roll • Compass/Altimeter (very handy on your watch) • Mobile Phone – the cheaper / more basic the better • Sat-phone Practise • Wheel-changes – stick to roles; one on tyres, one on nuts • What to do if you get stuck (based on time involved – and how stuck you are…) • 1: try to lift with jack then drive out • 2: try simply with navigator pushing – always be clear with instruction (driver to confirm instruction before moving) • 3: Dig & Move • 4: Sand Ladders, Dig and Move • Checks before/between stages • Look for sand/dust sticking to oil Navigation • Roadbook – main source • Trip Computer – secondary source • GPS – confirmation • GPS • Points to next confirmation • Allows trip reset • Gives a route out in case of problems Trip • Reset at every (accurate) tulip • Reset cummulative total at CP’s (or other points when you know you will slow). • Reset before checks at the start of stages/legs (if necc write in your roadbook) • Check calibration before you start – ESSENTIAL • Record the calibration on road-book or a sticker on the dash/trip • Make sure you know how to switch probes and that you know if the calibration is different for each (it usually is) Roadbook Tulip number (Read up) Total Distance / Intermediate Diagram of Route/Direction & Markers Heading Description & Waypoint (allows you to skip if required) Roadbook-2 • Convert notes in German when marking your roadbook (too slow to do on the move) • Be familiar with the legend (what each image means) • Check for amendments (have there been any additional notes or changes to route especially cautions) • Mark cautions at least (i.e. red) • Mark good points for trip reset Mountains/Hilly Terrain • Waypoints almost never in a straight line • Great risk of punctures • Dust conceals holes & drops Flat plains / Chott • Usually fast but….. • Difficult to see cautions & detours • Crust on top of Chott • Often lots of bumps that kick up the back end • Watch your heading & roadbook instruction • Sometimes tricky to climb out of a Chott in the right place • Look for dust Dunes • Always stay as high as you can • Never stop at a low point/bowl • Do not encourage local help if you get stuck unless you have no choice (always rely on competitors) • Do not run in ruts (sand is always softer and you reduce your ground clearance) • If in doubt stop and have a look – especially if there are a number stuck. Or at worst avoid the area altogether • Do not get lead by crowds – if there is no waypoint/CP drive round them No.1 Rule IF YOU SEE A CAMERAMAN – SLOW DOWN!!
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