Calibration

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Calibrating your car is necessary to ensure your on-time performance is as good as it can be. You need to be sure your Odometer readings are the same as the ones used by the plotters of the event. This is done by calibrating your car’s odometer against a fixed, standard distance. CARS has established standard Calibration Runs in North, Central and South Trinidad for use by the plotters and competitors of our rallies.

To calibrate your car, simply follow these steps:

1. Ensure your car’s tyre pressure is what it should be.

2. Align your car’s front tyres with the start line of the Calibration Run.

3. Zero your car’s trip-meter if possible, or note your current odometer reading.

4. Drive to the end of the Calibration Run (avoid overtaking).

5. Align your car’s front tyres with the finish line the same way you did at the start.

6. Note the trip-meter reading, or subtract your start odometer reading from your end reading

If your odometer reading is different from the Calibration Distance, whether higher or lower, then your car is out of calibration. Your car’s Calibration Factor is a constant value, which when multiplied by the distance read off your car’s odometer, will give the Corrected Distance.

7. Calibration Factor = Calibration Distance / Odometer Reading

8. Corrected Distance = Odometer Reading * Calibration Factor

9. Example:
On a 10 km calibration run, your car’s trip-meter read 10.2 km. You enter a rally with an average speed of 20 kph. After 10 km, you meet a checkpoint. What is the error in your Elapsed Time if you ignore the calibration information?

* Timing Factor = 60 / 20 = 3 min per km (see Time Calculations)
* Wrong Elapsed Time = 10 * 3 = 30 min from start.
* Calibration Factor = 10 / 10.2 = 0.98
* Corrected Distance = 10 * 0.98 = 9.8 km
* Correct Elapsed Time = 9.8 * 3 = 29.4 min from start.

Since you round down to the minute, your correct Elapsed Time would put you 1 minute late at the checkpoint and you would continue running progressively later by 1 minute for each 10 km rallied (a typical rally covers over 50 kms).

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Championship Standings
Solodex 2010
Last event : Solodex 5

Class
Competitor Name
Points
OPEN
1
Daemian Mahabir
392.29
2
Ryan Pinheiro
292.68
3
John Powell
200.00

EPR
1
Kevon Ramjohn
200.00
2
Chris Ackee
197.96

EP
1
Mark Williams
400.00
2
Amir Hosein
392.10
3
Shaun Mohamed
380.01

SS
1
Vishnu Charran
393.28
2
Reyos Seebaran
391.49
3
Dave Ramlogan
379.88

ESP
1
Devi Nath
400.00
2
Christopher Ramnath
390.88
3
Vivek Maharaj
356.40

ES
1
Rudi Singh
396.41
2
Genevieve Singh
395.19
3
Pete Arindell
298.54

HS
1
Joey Ramdeo
392.21
2
Curtis Dindial
300.00
3
Adrian Persad
197.53

NE1
1
Hannah Morris
100.00
2
Kazim Daniel
99.26
3
Marcus McKay
95.43

NE2
1
Daniel Lee
100.00
2
Stefan Ronalds
96.85
3
Chester Andrews
95.45



 

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