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Discussion in 'Racing' started by HogWild, Oct 31, 2017.
Lyndon just posted his Sonora video:
Who's in ???????????????????????
What is it?
A) Cow Trail
B) Lost Road
C) Sonora Rally Race Course
D) All of the above
I'm in with driver Eric Pucelik (longtime bud from Santa Cruz) - Same Predator buggy as last year.
Friends Dave & Danny (more longtime buds from Santa Cruz) bringing a Predator. First time rally for this Crew.
....and, the BIGGEST news....Santa Claus signed my Mom and Dad up for Sonora Rally - Safari Class.
She competed in the Rebelle Rally a few months ago and totally dug it. So, its time for Dad join the fun at Sonora.
Mom will be celebrating her 78th B-Day on the Rally - Should be a memorable one.
That is awesome!
Freakin awesome! Ribs all healed up?
I still have a few spots for support
hit me up !!!
so with Brice out of the Dakar way too soon.
Maybe he will show up for some practice.........
Clearly all the dunes riding Ricky had last year at Sonora prepared him well for Dakar. He's moved himself from 11th overall yesterday to 5th overall today!
He doesn't need practice driving. He needs practice listening to his navigator.
!!!.......nah, it’s just a little kicker.
SONORA RALLY NAVIGATION SCHOOL - FEB 17TH and 18TH - SAN LUIS RIO COLORADO, SONORA- ARAIZA HOTEL- LIMITED SPACE! RSVP AND HOTEL INFO BELOW
Sonora Rally navigation school will combine classroom with practical application road book exercises, in the nearby Altar desert. The road books will be designed by Dakar veteran Scott Whitney and instruction will be provided by two-time Dakar Rally winner and Sonora Rally Organizer Darren Skilton.
The school is perfect for first time rally enthusiasts as well as experienced racers looking for a tune up before racing Sonora Rally. There will be classroom instruction Saturday and Sunday mornings, followed by practical road book training in the desert. We will also have Rally Comp units for all participants, giving you the complete rally experience in order to fully understand how rally raid events work. There will be a limit of 10 participants.
Sunday morning instruction class on Rally Protocol is also perfect for those interested in volunteering on Sonora Rally. Learn how to run a checkpoint, fill out time cards and how to help riders and racers on the event. This instruction will also be available in Spanish from Sonora Rally Operations manager, Rodo Fernandez.
Topics covered over the two days:
• Road book basics
• HP Navigation
• Dakar Tricks and Dune Racing tips
• Rally protocol
• Rally Comp installation and use instructions
• Two day school with two road books: $550 per person ($200 entry credit applied to all school participants who enter Sonora Rally)
Sonora Rally Competitors
• Two day school with two road books: $350 per person
Sonora Rally Volunteers
• Rally Protocol Sunday classroom only: Free to volunteers
• Two mini stage road books
• Classroom instruction
• Use of the Rally Comp device
• Sonora Rally T-shirt
• Saturday Dinner at Bohemia Food Van
• Food (except Saturday Dinner)
• Vehicle or Bike to run stages equipped with rally odometer
• 4x4 vehicles must be street legal with at least 31 inch tires
We will have a limited block of rooms at the Araiza hotel. Please book ASAP as there is another event in town that weekend and rooms will SELL OUT.
TO RESERVE SCHOOL EMAIL: BAJAAUTOMOTIVE@YAHOO.COM
TO BOOK HOTEL EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org and ask for SONORA RALLY RATE
I had serious doubts about the capabilities of the Predator and was quite surprised seeing it cross the finish line for the first few days. By the time the rally was over I was quite impressed with it actually! It should be a fun ride!
The Predator CRUSHED the dunes! Kinda short on top speed, but chassis/suspension was great for the Sonora. (Full disclosure: I've only ridden in the Predator and a side by side)
Navigating a car vs. my bike was a big change. It took awhile to figure out communication with driver Eric (his first Rally). Biggest lesson was giving clear instruction when to SLOW DOWN and how much (when I was losing the way). Had I been navigating solo on the bike, I would have slowed myself as confidence dropped.
Eric got better at holding CAP headings in the dunes with less coaching from me. We were pretty stoked to pull straight into the WP after a 20+km HP section.
So much fun.
Here is some insight into the bivouacs and where the rally is heading this year. A press release with more details is coming tonight or tomorrow.
Did you get motion sick at all? I don’t even know how I’d go about trying to relay a tulip to the driver...
I don't know about Mike or any of the other 4 wheel competitors, but I can confirm there are messy markers in the sand in a couple of places along the Sonora course. The constant zig-zagging and up/down through the dunes while reading a roadbook and watching a bunch of instruments can get to you! Scouting and prerunning sound like a lot of fun, and they are, but in the dunes I like being on a bike a lot more than navigating in a car. I learned to spend more time looking out ahead rather than looking at all the inside stuff, and that helped a lot.
I have been co-driver in plenty of off road race cars and I will tell you that not everyone can sit in the right seat. Learning to completely relax at speed while having your hands full watching gauges and nav equipment can get to even seasoned co-drivers. The driver and co-driver have to get along and completely trust each other. Look at Robby Gordon, he had Dirk with him in the VW and he didn't trust him, DeVillers trusted him and they won.