Understanding Rally Pacenotes

I’ve written a few articles on undestanding rally pacenotes for Jalopnik, but Hyundai WRC drivers Hayden Paddon and John Kennard are much more qualified to cover this subject. The cover the system they use, how they make the notes and why they are so effective.

understanding pacenotes steering wheel numbers

The numbers on the wheel are pretty interesting. They determine the degree of the corner based on how much the driver turns the wheel to get through the corner. Enough of me, just watch the video. Its good.

Hayden is pretty cool. If you want to know more, you can learn all about Hayden Paddon on his website.

Bill Caswell is a self-taught racing driver, mechanic, and fabricator, and rose to internet fame taking a $500 Craigslist BMW to a World Rally Championship event in Mexico in March of 2010. His exploits have featured in places like ESPN Magazine, Grassroots Motorsports, NPR Radio, Wired.com and Jalopnik.com. A lifelong fan of rally and motorsport, Caswell famously believes nothing to be impossible.

There are 3 comments for this article
  1. Alex Staidle at 7:14 pm

    Interestingly, pace notes are banned by Rally America per 7.1. Never quite understood why they are banned. Likely another reason rally in the US lags behind the rest of the world.

    • Bill Caswell Author at 12:57 am

      That’s so bizarre. So recce is only for adjusting Jemba stage notes? Does Higgins and Drew know that? Hahaha

      • Alex Staidle at 9:00 pm

        I find that top national guys get some leeway that others don’t. That said, I wonder to what extent you can “modify the provided notes” before they determine them to be pace notes.