On the surface, a Rally Race seems pretty simple. You start a stage at point A, drive to point B, and try to do so in as little time as possible. You add up all your stage times at the end of the Rally, and whichever team drove the course in the least amount of time wins.
If only it were that simple…
Rally Racing is a team sport in the purest sense. The success of the car is just as dependent on the crew as it is on the driver’s skill. The Driver and Co-Driver have to navigate the course as quickly as they can, regardless of road or weather conditions. And no matter how the car comes into a service, it is the crew’s job to make sure that it leaves ready to attack the next stage.
Rally Racing is likely one of the most challenging forms of motor-sport today. If all goes well, it’s still no walk in the park, and just about anything can happen to push the driver’s and crew to its limit. But rising up to meet the challenge of each new event is what keeps the teams coming back. And there always seems to be a new group of people that want to test their metal.
The Flatirons Rally Team has definitely had its share of up’s and down’s, and the 2008 season was shaping up to be a very good year. Even though we have always video-taped our races, we decided to bring our a documentary film maker with us to the Oregon Trail Rally in May to capture more of what goes on behind the scene’s.
The Documentary we put together includes a lot of Rally footage, and interviews with our Driver Stephan Verdier and Co-Driver Scott Crouch, as well as Driver’s Travis Pastrana, Ken Block, and Kyle Sarasin. This Rally ended up being the deciding race for our season, and we just happened to be lucky enough to catch it on film. For better or for worse.
HD documentary below (33min)