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I had only a basic understanding of some terms used by co-drivers to instruct drivers on upcoming road situations, but this article really goes into detail about how the stage books are made, and all the nuances used by the teams to make them useable. interesting (posted here because the off road guys probably already know)

The Secret Language Of Rally

For example, the "Don't Cut" command which means don't cut across the apex of the turn, leave some room in the middle of the corner because there's going to be a boulder or a tree or something that protrudes ever so slightly into the road or the inside edge of the corner.

"Tidy" means don't hang it out. Keep the car clean in the center of the road thru the next section. It could be because of ruts on either side or little drainage walls like in the mountains at WRC Mexico. 

Everyone focuses on the driver in rally but in many ways, the pace notes and co-driver are far more critical. Drivers make little mistakes all the time, but one little mistake by the person in the other seat and the driver launches the car off a cliff, or into the side of the mountain, as I did at Pikes Peak in 2011 when my co-driver turned two pages at once.

As a rally driver you have to trust your co-driver more than anything, even more than the look of the road ahead. If they tell you it's flat out, you better be flat out — but they also better be right! 

If you don't listen to your co-driver, you'll be slow. It would be different if no team had notes and every crest has to be taken with caution. But if someone has notes and you don't, you don't stand a chance. Many say the difference between notes and no notes is a 20% increase in your time for the stage. 

I think it depends on the terrain, but the numbers seem to support that percentage.

I've run stages with no notes because my co-driver is gagging from the party the night before combined with the heat and dust and everything else that makes a $500 RWD rally car miserable, and we were just under 20% slower than a similar stage run the day before with notes.
 

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...boy...that is a lot different than the language between me and my co-driver...AKA...my wife...lol:29:
 

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That's a cool article, thanks for posting. Amazing the STREAM of notes coming out of the co-driver's mouth; it's a constant flow of information!
 

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I have to say thanks for posting that. I wonder how long it takes the driver to learn the language and take it in at a fast enough speed to set a good time. One race? Two races? Maybe a few months?
 

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^ If it only took a race or two, I could be a rally car driver lol.
 
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