Collete Davis Redbull GRC Lites Debut
During the Redbull GRC preseason, we had the honor of training Collete Davis on some of the ins and outs of rally driving. She came in fresh never racing an all wheel drive car before so we knew there was plenty of work to do, but not as much as we thought. Collete took control very quickly and soon became very confident with her rally driving. We have been doing training off-road racing for many years and have learned how to effectively teach with the least amount of time wasted. Some people are more receptive than others and Collete proved to be high up on the receptive list. Over the 2 days we covered over 150 miles which included vehicle control, high-speed cornering, and taking big jumps. Collete did great and continues to improve every time we see her. She has a big future ahead of herself and we wish her the best in her first year in the GRC Lites class.
For those who aren’t familiar with rally cross let me explain. Rallycross began many decades ago in Europe when the Group B stage rally class was banned from competition. The cars were way too fast and they were deemed unsafe for the country stages. The future of Group B seemed bleak but soon after they were beautifully re-purposed for rally cross. Instead of racing against the clock and passing trees at well over 130 mph they were now racing each other in wheel to wheel racing on a closed track. Just to be clear, Group B didn’t invent rallycross but they were responsible for rocketing rally cross into the limelight, making it one of the most exciting spectator motorsports on the planet. Rallycross is a wonderful mix of flat out rally car fury with wheel to wheel racing where the goal is to be physically in front of everyone else. In a typical rally cross, you will see rally cars flying through the air, Bumping into each other, and drifting endlessly through corners. If you get the chance to see it in person, then I highly suggest witnessing this in person.