The idea behind the points scoring system for UTV Rally Raid (UTVRR) is based on the idea that racing is for intelligent people and not just a gorilla that can mash the gas with the biggest cheque book. It was devised with breakdowns in mind and making the pits come alive.
So what are the basic principles?
1, Go fast, but not too fast, don’t crash
2, Finish the race and make the chequered flag
3, If you break it, get it home, fix it and get back out there
4, You need points for the place not just bashing out laps
It makes you think, “get into my groove and be smart”, sometimes going fast is what it takes, other times consistent mid paced lap times are what you need, you make the decision based on your place in the series and the gaps in points between you and the nearest team.
So how does it work?
1st gets 10 points down to zero based on place, 1 point per lap for each lap completed within four hours,
If you DNF you will only get your points for the laps you have completed, not the points you would have got for the place you achieved within the race.
So what constitutes a DNF?
A DNF is very simply not being there when you have been told you cannot complete anymore laps and you get the chequered flag.
Team OVD starts the race and completes 10 laps, they are awarded 10 Championship points for those 10 laps and the 10 laps earns them 1st place in the race at the end of the night. The first place will get them another 10 points so their total for that race in the championship is 20 points, great!
Team OVD starts the race and completes 10 laps, they are awarded 10 Championship points for those 10 laps and the 10 laps earns them 1st place in the race at the end of the night. The first place should get them another 10 points so their total for that race in the championship should be 20 points but they got a DNF. Because they got a DNF the points for the place in that race do not carry over into the championship and they only score 10 points.
They were awarded 1st place in the race and got the first place medal for that race as the 10 laps they did got them the first place in the race but the place points did not convert into championship points as they got a DNF – They didn’t get to the chequeres at the end of the race thus only 10 championship points are awarded, no so great!
Chequeres or wreckers will not win you the championship title in UTVRR, you have to be smarter than that!
This system works so well because UTVRR courses are designed for you to go fast, faster than any other series and not to wreck your ride, the only thing that will wreck you ride is you!
If you don’t wreck but have a mechanical failure that you can fix you need to get back out there and make the chequeres.