“I’m not just a passenger; I’m a carer too, ”Thompson jokes about his role. “When I was 14, I delivered him milk and papers!”
They first gathered in their beloved Yorkshire woods in the early 1980s, and competed against each other frequently over the next four decades.
“I definitely don’t want to quit,” says Bean. “I’ve enjoyed every event I’ve done.” This includes many attempts at the original RAC rally and all but the first of the 14 Roger Albert Clark rallies so far. “It’s a way of life and I still love it.”
Remarkably, Bean doesn’t have to wear glasses and says he loves it when the fog comes. While most drivers over 60 do not like the fog and even special stages in the dark, Bean comes into his element when visibility is limited.
The top of rallying may be a sport for young men, but further down, age is certainly not an obstacle.
This is how it works: Aerodynamic test limits in Formula 1
The handicaps of success in motorsport in the balance of performance formulas of sports car racing are more about weight ballast or about playing with strength. Formula 1 took a more subtle approach. That year a sliding scale of Aerodynamic Test Periods (ATPs) was introduced, with the most successful teams allowing less aerodynamic development, including wind tunnel time, than the rear ones. The year is divided into six ATPs, with the teams having to report on their completed work to the FIA at the end of the year.
Such restrictions have been in place in Formula 1 for years, but the difference now is that the detailed area restrictions for each team are different based on recent results. On June 30th of this season, which corresponded to the end of the third of the six annual ATPs, the staggering was adjusted based on the race results for the opening races. The system is well monitored and is widely accepted as a sensible, subtle means of balancing the performance of F1 teams.