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Chrissie Beavis – co-driver who takes an extra step

November 1, 2010

In my last week’s post I briefly talked about the chores of any good co-driver.

Today I’d like to talk about the extra step that my current co-polite, Chrissie Beavis, has taken and what it led to.

Chrissie Beavis in British Columbia Chrissie Beavis in British Columbia

To me, the most difficult part about rallying is writing pace notes. Normally you have 2 passes on each “stage” road before the rally in a non-rally car. I take The Bastard, because it’s as close as I can get to the rally car.

The Bastard The Bastard

During the first pass the driver calls out all important features of the stage (corner grades, cautions, obstacles, lines, etc) and the co-driver writes everything down using special code that they have developed. So essentially, the driver is responsible for making the notes during this first pass.


‘R5- vlg nc & R4/C 100’

reads as

‘right five minus very long don’t cut and right four over crest one hundred’

On the second pass the co-driver reads the notes. The driver (going at a faster pace) makes minor changes. For example, you would add a ‘+’ or a ‘-‘, add features like “max”, “ok”, “care”, “hug”, “neat”, etc. That’s how it works when both team members know what they are doing.

Chrissie and Leo baie 2010 Chrissie and Leo, Baie 2010. Credit: Alex Trapkov

It wasn’t the case with me. Before the start of the 2010 season my notes were quite inconsistent and made co-driver’s life on the stages very difficult. Chrissie realized that the problem was in the notes I was making, and she went on to coach me on writing the notes.

Chrissie Beavis CrazyLeo Black Bear Rally podium Chrissie Beavis and CrazyLeo, Black Bear Rally podium. Credit: Alex Trapkov

We have gone through a lot of work and many hours of discussing numerous road features. After 2 or 3 rallies with endless recce and post-recce, the new system was developed. So, thanks to Chrissie Beavis, in the first half of 2010 season I have gone to a completely new system of making pace notes.

Chrissie Beavis with manual throttle release Chrissie Beavis with manual throttle release at 2010 PFR

Partnership with Chrissie definitely enabled me to reach another gear. I love Chrissie’s ‘never give up’ attitude and (surprise!) mechanic skills. I also admire her ability and willingness to give advice on driving. Yes, mademoiselle Beavis is a proven winner of her class behind the wheel of a rally car! She knows a lot more about racing lines and carrying momentum, than a crazy guy who started his career with an Open class STi! :cool:

Chrissie Beavis Crazy Leo Antoine Lestage PFR podium Chrissie Beavis, Crazy Leo and Antoine Lestage, PFR 2010 podium

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    Leo good job!! keep it coming

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