Wednesday, August 31, 2011

RSI: Punctures, punctures...

Just a thought on Deutschland rally:

I would like to express my opinion on the subject of punctures.  I believe punctures are an inherent part of motorsport.  Usually, a driver will puncture when he drives carelessly, or if he/she goes off and hits something.  In the last few years, drivers have been getting used to bullet-proof tires and have been taking habits of driving all over the road, ditches included, with no consequences whatsoever. 

It seems to me that in most cases, if a driver takes big risks and especially careless ones, the possibility of him or her puncturing and therefore losing time adds spice to the rally.  Perhaps Michelin should not strengthen their tires too much, contrary to what some have asked, so as to leave an element of uncertainty.

What do you think?


  1. I like to think of rallying and even racing as a useful display of skill needed everyday, while enjoying the adrenaline rush of driving on the limit.
    Therefore, I agree with you on not making the tyres bulletproof, because all that cutting has really gotten out of hand. It's especially hard for 2wd guys, especially on tarmac, when big boys pull a ton of gravel on the road.
    It's a sport of finesse at 150kmh, not a destruction derby.
    Cutting should be an ammendment to your driving, not a basic style.
    Also, softer sidewalls make the car feel better and more natural.

  2. Good point about the 2 wheel drive cars, I did not think of this.