Sometimes called “Penalty-free Lateness”.
“Your given a target time to travel :n, any time taken after that target time is lateness.”
What does this mean in practice?
Before we can understand lateness, we need to understand how timing works
Let us say there is a 12 mile Road Section – you are given a specific amount of time to get from the the start of the section to the end of it. Assume the average speed for the road section is 20mph, this means the time for the road section will be 36 minutes… and you get penalised for being early, or late.
If you’re early, you can wait outside the control, and enter on your “Due Time”
If you are late, you may take some time from your “Lateness” to off-set the difference: if you are 5 minutes late, you need 5 minutes from your lateness.
Likewise, if, for whatever reason (get a puncture, stuck on a rock, fell in a ditch), you are slower than the target time for a Special Stage, you may use some of your “lateness” to offset that.
How much Lateness do you get?
That depends on the event, for some events it can be 30 minutes; for others, it can be a little as 10 minutes.
How to I get more Lateness?
Lateness is replenished (you get the full whack again) at Main Time Controls (MCs). Generally, MCs are at the start and end of each day, but some events use short Lateness’ and have MCs at the exit of every service.
What happens when I run out?
That’s it… you’re out the game.
(well, unless the event has “re-entry” rules (like the Scottish Hill Rallies do) which allow a competitor to re-enter the event if they can exit a service on their “due time” (the time they should have left it, if they had been competing at the expected pace)
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