Powered by Google
      decoration       decoration       decoration       decoration       decoration       decoration      
  Rally glossary
  Race of Champions
  Rally history
  Group B Supercars
  Hall of fame
  Rally Snippets
    Value of a win
    Left foot braking
    Cheating in WRC
    British manufacturers
  Home > Specials > Editorials > Value of a win
Value of a win
Scoring rules have changed several times in the course of WRC history and every change has caused debate for and against. Let us examine just one side of the coin, value of a win.

Every driver is a hot-blooded competitor and if one is leading a rally and is on a course to win, there is just about nothing that makes him slow down. But for the second placed driver the incentive to try and overtake the leader is greatly related to gain for risking sure points of a second place. So, let us examine what would the reward be for the runner-up if he was to bet his second position for overall win. How much more points would he get?

At the time of writing (March 2004), the points for a first and second place are 10 and 8, respectively. That means 25% more points for competitor that moves from second to first place. Under previous scoring scheme, the points were 10 and 6 which meant whopping 66.7% more points for just one place. In comparison, the oldest scoring scheme was 20 and 15 and there incentive was "only" 33.3% more points.

So, it is quite easy to see why no sensible driver will risk certain second place for such a small reward. Richard Burns was greatly criticized for his approach to get good sure points in 2003 instead of going gung-ho for overall win. His critics failed to see what Richard himself had noted, three second places are easier to get than two wins and besides, net more points!

For 2010 season, the tallies were increased to 25 points for the winner and 18 points for the second placed driver, which is a difference of 7 points or almost 39%. That's a significant incentive and hopefully will affect the battles in the coming years.