The team reaches the service area in the SRT USA’s trucks long before the rally cars have finished the stages leading to service time. Team members pitch the tents and unroll the tarps. They unload the tools that they know they’re going to need. Everyone on the team knows his duties. There are four technicians for each car, and they have their tools waiting in preparation – each at his own corner.
There’s an order to every service, which we’ll examine with #75. It starts with the co-driver, who lets the team know if anything beyond the ordinary needs to be done.
Co-driver Craig Drew: “David and I use a specifically designed job card in the car, which we use to note down anything that needs attention at the next service. This can range from anything from a serious or worrying mechanical issue that David has diagnosed down to needing our camel-back refilled or seat harnesses adjusted. This means that even the little things are never missed, and it all runs smoother.
“My role as team manager is to make sure everyone has what they need to do their job successfully. That could involve information, direction, or physical assets.”
“When you are in a rally car for 12 to 14 hours a day, it’s the little things that make a difference.”
Drew communicates with team manager Clint Fast, who commented, “My first interaction is with the co-drivers by radio. They advise me of any problems and when they will be into service.
“The next conversation is with the engineer and lead technician to pass on any pertinent information regarding problems and the expected time the cars will pull in.”