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Friday, 17 March 2017

iCodriver - the coolest app for rally co-drivers






Race and Rally World are big fans of technology especially apps which are innovative and easy to use. Following a chat on Twitter, one of our followers  @iCodriver told us about their app for co-drivers which uses an iPad instead of the road book.

iCodriver has been written by  Hernan Vargas Peña, from Paraguay.  He is a former rally driver and  is a professional rally co-driver. 

He started competing in 1997, successes include 

Driver

2005  Paraguay A6 Class champion - Peugeot 206 XS

Co-Driver

2003 South American Rally Championship A7  Champion - VW Golf Kit Car

2011 South American Rally Championship Class 2 Champion

2016 Acropolis Rally Greece - 2nd class ERC2, 9th Overall
         Paraguay National Champion - RC2N Class


Since 2011, Hernan has been using his own software, iCodriver, which is an iPad app that replaces all the tools that a co-driver needs for a rally, for writing, sharing and reading the pace notes. 

The history of iCodriver starts following a a few weeks of searching for an app which could be used for  the role of co-driving. There was nothing suitable. Hernan was keen to  use an iPad in the team's new Mitsubishi Evo X R4 rally car. The team gave Hernan their full support to develop the software and combined with his competition background, he knew that he could put together something really special for the co-driver.

ICodriver evolved quickly as features such as stopwatch, split times, GPS were added.

A unique selling point is that there is a stage countdown which instantly tells the crew how far it is  to go to end of stage in real time. 

The recce mode also has Black, Red & Blue ink colors for writing, yellow highlighter and an eraser.   Your notes are kept clean and ready to read for the rally.

You can download iCodriver from the iPad App Store, it comes in 2 versions, the Lite, free-full featured version with the limit of 10 special stage files stored and inability to import pacenotes from another iCodriver. The Pro version costs 50 Euro  with no limits and all future upgrades are included. 




If you dont want to use the  trip meter mode, Hernan suggests  an iOS/Android app called Rally Tripmeter which is free download. It has a recce mode and 2 trip meters that you can reset individually. 



For further information, you can contact Hernan 

SARGEANT SNATCHES TOP SPOT AT SNETTERTON BRITISH F4 TEST


  • Logan Sargeant tops official pre-season testing for 2nd time in 2017.
  • Oliver York and Fortec Motorsports shine at Snetterton.
  • TRS Arden and Alex Quinn fastest in morning session.
Carlin Racing's Logan Sargeant became the first driver to top more than one official pre-season test, ahead of the inaugural round of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford.

A host of drivers, including Sargeant, recorded their best times around the three-mile Snetterton 300 circuit at the very end of the day; turning the final 20 minutes of track action into a qualifying style shootout.

Sargeant was the pacesetter in 2017’s first official pre-season test at Oulton Park last month and having been second fastest in the morning at Snetterton, recorded a time of 1m 51.437s on his final flying lap to snatch top spot from Oliver York.

York’s best time of 1m 51.469s was just 0.032s adrift of Sargeant, and further underlined the optimism from the Fortec Motorsports camp regarding the international kart champion’s prospects this season.

TRS Arden and Alex Quinn maintained their testing form from Brands Hatch last week where they set the pace. Quickest in the first session and just 0.154s off of Sargeant’s best.

Jamie Caroline married speed with consistency for Carlin on his way to fourth fastest. Such was his consistency that he set identical personal bests in both sessions with a 1m 51.762s lap time.

He was followed by the TRS Arden trio of Ayrton Simmons, Oscar Piastri and Olli Caldwell in 5th, 6th, and 7th respectively.

Meanwhile, Carlin’s Patrik Pasma and Richardson Racing’s Harry Webb both improved in the second session and remained comfortably amongst the top 10 quickest drivers.

GW Motorsport’s Jacky Liu improved most with regard to outright lap time with a 1m 54.140s in the afternoon; almost two seconds quicker than his best before the lunchbreak.

Lucas Alecco Roy was another big improver, his best time putting him just under half a second clear of Liu and earning him 10th on the timesheets.

Elsewhere, Jamie Sharp and Sharp Motorsport found themselves amongst the top 10 in the first session, ending up 12th as the chequered flag fell on the day’s running.

The final official pre-season test for the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford takes place at Rockingham Motor Speedway next week on Tuesday 21 March, as excitement levels reach fever pitch ahead of the first race weekend of the season at Brands Hatch on 1-2 April.
F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford

Testing times Snetterton 15 March, 2017 (Session 1/Session 2)
1 Logan SARGEANT / USA / Carlin 1:51.654 / 1:51.437
2 Oliver YORK / GBR / Fortec 1:51.905 / 1:51.469
3 Alex QUINN / GBR / Arden 1:51.591 / 1:51.437
4 Jamie CAROLINE / GBR / Carlin 1:51.762 / 1:51.762
5 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / Arden 1:51.820 / 1:51.891
6 Oscar PIASTRI / AUS / Arden 1:52.861 / 1:52.777
7 Olli CALDWELL / GBR / Arden 1:52.785 / 1:53.005
8 Patrik PASMA / FIN / Carlin 1:53.450 / 1:53.103
9 Harry WEBB / GBR / Richardson 1:53.715 / 1:53.429
10 Lucas Alecco ROY / GER / Carlin 1:54.997 / 1:53.669
11 Jacky LIU / CHN / GW Motorsport 1:55.918 / 1:54.140
12 Jamie SHARP / GBR / Sharp Motorsport 1:54.523 / 1:55.031

Full times

WORLD RX LAUNCHES NEW TRACK AT KILLARNEY AS CAPE TOWN RX TICKETS GO ON SALE





The FIA World Rallycross Championship presented by Monster Energy launched the new rallycross track at Killarney International Circuit today (16 March 2017), as tickets for the season-closing World RX of South Africa went on sale to the general public for the first time. 
More than 75 key South African media and 70 guests gathered at the launch of the new South African rallycross venue, which was attended by double World RX Champion Petter Solberg, reigning RX2 Champion Cyril Raymond and Deputy Executive Mayor for the City of Cape Town, Alderman Ian Neilson.

Also in attendance today was South African rally driver Jon Williams – the only South African to have contested a full WRC campaign – who announced that he will compete in front of his home crowd this November in an OMSE RX Supercar. The 34-year-old commented: “This is a dream come true, I’ve come from track racing to rallying and now rallycross, it is the perfect combination for me. I can’t wait to compete in front of my home crowd and I hope the people of South Africa can fully get behind me.”

The Cape Town leg of World RX is the only new addition to the rallycross calendar in 2017 and marks the first time that the World Championship has visited the continent of Africa.  Dating back to 1947, Killarney International Raceway has the magnificent backdrop of Table Mountain and is based just ten miles outside the city of Cape Town.

The Western Cape had its first taste of international Formula One racing when the non-championship Cape Grand Prix was held at Killarney back in 1960. Since then, the complex has grown and hosts several forms of main circuit racing as well as motocross, karting, stock cars and drag racing.

The new rallycross circuit at Killarney is about a third of the size of the main circuit and is twisty in nature with a jump.  The gravel and asphalt track will use sections of the existing circuit between Turn 2 (Engen Corner) and Turn 3 (Rose Foundation Corner).  Several low level grandstands around the stock car oval have already been demolished and will be replaced by larger structures.  A grass bank for spectators is currently under construction.

World RX drivers Petter Solberg and Rene Muennich tested the new track today along with RX2 Champion, Cyril Raymond. Solberg said: “We have so much passion for coming to new places, driving at new circuits and I’m very happy to come here. It’s fantastic that IMG is taking the World Championship to a new continent. It’s great to have a local hero Jon Williams confirmed to compete at his home round too. The track looks very technical in places and it’s all about being flat out. My father-in-law drove some rallies in South Africa in the 1980s so it’s quite interesting because what we are doing is bringing at least 150 people from Scandinavia down to experience this part of the world again."

Deputy Executive Mayor for the City of Cape Town, Alderman Ian Neilson added: “With World RX coming to South Africa, we really have an event of great value and international exposure coming to our city. To have a five-year deal in place is fantastic news and means we’re really able to build the brand here in Cape Town. For the country as a whole, that has value too. The economic benefit in Cape Town helps the country as a whole. We not only have the drivers, teams and families but I think primarily for us the TV and international media coverage is where the real value lies, which will really help to put Cape Town on the map.”

Paul Bellamy, World RX Managing Director for IMG, concluded: “It’s very important for us to come to South Africa. This is the only FIA World Championship to have a round staged in sub-Saharan African. We felt the country was right for a World Championship – I can’t think of any better place in the world to visit in November than Cape Town. We want the crowd to come down to Killarney and get behind the likes of their home driver Jon Williams who will be competing in November.”
 
Tickets for Cape Town RX can be purchased at the following link.
 
Or via the website: www.capetownrx.com

Rhys Yates joins with leading automotive fluid firm for MSA British Rally Championship season

Photo credit: Nathan Young


MSA British Rally Championship hopeful Rhys Yates will join forces with series sponsor, Prestone during his 2017 assault on the series.

The Chesterfield rally driver will pilot the Brettex Site Services Fiesta R5 in the high profile championship and aims to better his 2016 result of tenth in the series. Having set a handful of fastest times last season, Yates has already attracted the attention of a number of high profile brands for his 2017 BRC campaign and Prestone is the latest addition to the team.

Prestone is the official title partner and official coolant and Screen wash supplier for the 2017 MSA British Rally Championship.

This year, the Brettex rally team have teamed up with Prestone as first fill on their team cars.



In addition they have been working together behind the scenes in the lead up to the start of the season to create a number of short films highlighting the hard work the team have been putting into preparation ahead of the championship and what it really takes to compete.

Yates is confident for the year ahead and feels support from Prestone will give him an additional edge in the series.

“There is no doubt that we will be pushing very hard this year and I need to know I can rely on the car one hundred per cent to be able to do that” he says. “Of course, a major factor in that is the fluid within the engine and Prestone is the perfect partner for the Fiesta. Their strapline is `Excels in Extremes` and there is no doubt we will be doing just that.  It’s a fantastic opportunity for the team and I hope this is the beginning of a long relationship with the brand."

Yates will head to the opening round of the British Rally Championship this weekend for the Brick and Steel Border Counties Rally on 17th/18th March in Scotland.

Yates is also supported in 2017 by H&F, PES, Maun Motors, MFA, Calow Lane MOT Centre, The Mobility Shop, Glazebrook Transport, Woodleigh Motor Sales, Juice Motorsport and Clear Edge Filtration Group.