Welcome to the Hill-climb And Rally-racing website!You can find out more about our team, if you start scrolling down bottom of this page. Our name put together to show all racing types we mainly do. First below here we are explaining the type of racings in our name. If you are not familiar with one or both of these race, you can get some basic information about them. After the explaining sections in this page, we are introduce ourselves, and show some of the accomplishment we did so far in the USA. Thank you for your interest, and I hope we will meet some of our races in person too.
Hill Climb Explained
“A branch of motorsport in which drivers compete against the clock to complete an uphillcourse”
Hill climb racing (or Hill climbing) is the oldest and most wide spread form of motorsport practiced globally. Born in Nice in the South of France in 1897 its popularity spread quickly due to the intrinsic simplicity of both organisation and running of events. This has led to hill climbing becoming the most popular form of grassroots motorsports on the planet. Many clubs as close to home as Sicily organise events on a weekly basis as it requires minimal intervention from local authorities.
The format of a hill climb is simple; competitors are lined up at the start line and given the all clear signal by the Start Line Marshal. The driver then proceeds to start his run in his own time.A timing device is initiated once he crosses a laser as the car starts moving; this is then stopped once the competitor crosses a second laser at the finish line.
The driver that completes the course in the shortest time is declared the winner.
Most basic information about rally
In rally, competitors race on public roads (which are closed to public during races) as well as forest and mountain tracks with ultimate goal to be the fastest ones on each stage. For example, if rally consists of 15 stages, each crew will set different time on each of the stages. Total sum of results of each stage determines the winner – less time needed to cover all 15 stages means better position in classification!
Read below to learn more about stages, drivers, co-drivers and more!
Rally stages vary in length, from short ones to really long stages, covering over 40 kilometers. Rally organizers often pick technically challenging roads, with inclines or declines and tight turns, in order for crews to show their skill and consistency. Very often weather plays major role in rallying, more on that in next paragraph.
Rally events are run over the course of several days. Each day consists of several stages, usually two or three, which are then run few times during one day. One of the most commonly used formats runs two or three stages in the morning, followed by lunch break and then crews return to same two or three stages for a second loop. During each set of stages, crews cannot use outside help to service their cars and they’re limited to set amount of spare tires. This can lead to unique challenges, if for example rain falls on just one of two stages in given “loop”, crews will need to decide which tires to bring to stages and will need to adapt driving style to compensate for “wrong” tires.
In rallying “lingo”, days are reffered to as “legs”, so first day of rally is called “Leg 1″ or “First leg”, etc.
Rally drivers are one of the most versatile in world of motor sports. Unlike their counterparts in circuit racing, rally drivers need to be skilled in driving on various road surfaces. In rallies conditions often change very rapidly, and drivers must be able to respond with just the right combination of caution and speed.
Drivers must also posses one very important skill – knowledge of creating proper pace notes. You can read more about pace notes below.
Rally co-drivers are extremely important member of rally crew – in fact, driver can only be as fast as he is “in tune” with his co-driver and this teamwork is one of the most unique features of rally. During rally event co-drivers are responsible for many different but very important tasks. The most prominent one, of course, is reading the pace notes during rally stages, but co-drivers are also responsible for keeping time both on stages and in service breaks. They also take care of all the paper work during rally.
One of the most important things about co-drivers is keeping time and taking care crew enters special time control zones within their predesignated time. Errors are very expensive – crew can lose from few seconds to even minutes just because they entered time control zone one second too late or too early.
On stages, co-drivers read through pace notes, informing drivers on upcoming corners, straight sections, road surface conditions, inclines or declines and various other information.
Each rally crew depends on their pace notes making skills. Rally beginners often make simpler pace notes and as they get more experience they improve their pace notes, adding more details and developing their own style when describing corners, straights, obstacles or the need to go faster or slower.
Pace notes are created during special recconaissance or recce runs. In top levels of rallying crews are only allowed several passes through the stages and only in normal road cars. They must also abide to speed limits as roads are often open for public during recce. On recce, driver will describe each corner and co-driver will write it down. Those descriptions become pace notes.
There are no set rules for pace notes. It is up to each crew to develop their own system if they want, but there are several popular preset systems, developed by rallying competitors over the decades.
One of the most popular system uses numbers accompanied with either “left” or “right”, depending on direction of upcoming corner.
Numbers are in some cases roughly linked to gear in which car can safely travel through particular corner. EXAMPLE: If co-driver calls for “left 4″, it means car is approaching left corner which can be taken in fourth gear. In this system, lower numbers mean slower corners.
Numbers can also be used to describe severity of corner by comparing corner’s configuration to dials on the clock. In such case, “right 2″ means car will approach corner which looks like you are coming from dial which is on number 6 and going towards number 2 on clock. In other words, “right 2″ would be relatively easy corner, unlike “right 4″, which would be very hard and challenging corner, requiring slowing down.
These are just two out of many, many possible combination of pace notes. Usually, 90 degree corners are described as “square” in English, very tight and short corners are called “hairpins”, and depending if corners are long, short or they tend to “open” or “tighten”, co-drivers will call out those additional descriptions as well.
About our TeamQuote: ” People under estimate Rob and that Evo. They are in for a surprise. 5th fastest car last year… but all his runs were in the wet Saturday while all else ran Sunday on the dry.” Ted Theodore, CCR-SCCA Board of Director Our team was founded in 2009, based on our love for fast rally cars and rally racing. We are originally from Hungary, where the love for rallying is a must, starting at a young age. Robert and Zsanett enjoyed the whole atmosphere of the rallies. Not until H.A.R. Racing been formed that we actually put our love and enthusiasm together and decided to make a rally team. Robert is the driver, responsible for the car related designs – upgrades – logistics – problems, and Zsanett is the co-driver in the team, she is responsible for most of the logistics of the rallying events, and the team in general.
Our “baby” is a white, 2008 Mitsubishi Evolution X GSR model with a logbook for an Open AWD class.
Since our 2009 foundation, we have participated in many rally races and hill climbs, which we will continue in our future. Our very first event, the 2009 April Rally New York was a rough start for our rally team as we struggled through mechanical issues with the car. However, we tried hard and pulled through with a help of a lot of dedicated and hard working people who helped and continues to help and support us to achieve our goals, and have our car prepared for each of the individual upcoming rally race events. In 2011, we’ve had another bump on our road to successfully continue on our rally endeavor; on a practice track day, while preparing for our rally season, our engine gave up. We took this opportunity to take the car apart and had the whole engine rebuilt, and started from scratch again. We also brought in a European tuner, since we struggled in that area as well. We started on a bumpy road, but we have been trying to participate in as many races as we can. See list of races and results below.
We are also proud to announce that we had the privilege of being a part of once-in-a-lifetime opportunity in 2011, wherein we were able to run the 150th Anniversary of the Mt. Washington hill climb event, also known as “Climb to the clouds”. We successfully climbed that hill with many other famous racing peers in the USA and abroad.
We love racing and we will continue to work hard to be our best at what we love the best!
See you at the hill-climbs and rallies!
Rally New York, April, 2009 3rd place in our category, 9th place overall
Rally Tennessee, May, 2010 3rd place in our category
Okemo Hill Climb, June, 2010 1st place in our category, 11th overall
Mt. Washington Hill Climb, June 2011 1st place in our category, 12th overall
Rally New York, April 2012 2nd place in our category, 2nd overall
Mt Ascutney, Aug 2012 3rd place awd turbo category(no rally category) 6th overall
Chase of the Dragon 2012 III 1st place with a new record time(in wet conditions) for the category, 4th place overall
ESPR rally New York 2013 1st Place overall with Greg Roumiantsev as a driver.
Chase of the Dragon 2013 IV 1st place with a new record time (over 7 sec) for the category, 4th place overall
Our Entry approval for 2011 Mt Washington Hill climb 150th Anniversary Hill Climb race