Internet Table-Top Rally Championship 2019-2020

Championship Information:   Introduction | Entry List | Bulletins | Standings | Summary
General Information:   Login | Rally Procedures | Q&A | Regulations |
Plotting Rallies:   The Nearest FarAway Place | Panglossian | Schoolfrenz | Thalamorph
Real-Time Rallies:   Rally Round | Five Diamonds | Breckland | Cloverleaf


Welcome to the 2019-2020 Internet Table-Top Rally Championships. Championships that have grown since their launch in 2003 via increasing popularity in 2004/5, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2017/8, 2018/9 to what we hope will be best ever series in 2019-2020.

Major changes were made in 2012. Instead of plotting on paper maps and answering route checks you marked your route directly on a map displayed in your web browser, and then your solution was automatically marked by comparing to a master route.

Many refinements were made in 2017: improvements to the interface, the introduction of hints and standardising on a "regularity" format for "timing" and marking.

The evolution continued in 2018 with the introduction of "Real-Time" events to complement the "Plotting" events. Here a competitor was required to be a complete navigator and do everything he/she would normally do on a rally: follow the route (pre-plotted or straightforward plot & bash navigation), control a car to maintain average speeds (Regularity Rally), adhere to a time schedule (Road Rally) or beat target times (Stage Rally). The pressure's on as soon as the rally starts.
Full concentration is needed for around 30 minutes. Plot any route cards; keep an eye on stopwatches, tripmeters and speedometer; book in and out at controls; observe speed restrictions; be vigilant for unexpected hazards on the way - you may get baulked or have to stop to fix problems.

This year competitors have the best of both worlds, two Championships: one comprising only Plotting events and another for Real-Time events.

This year's Championships starts on October 11, and there are Practice Plotting and Real-Time Rallies already available.

I am grateful this year to Ewan Leeming, Monica Dowson, Bob Blackstock, Phil King, Roger Ashmead, Andrew Green, Kelvin Phipps, Alex Hoult, Phil Robbins, Keith Cunningham, Ian Canavan, Iain Tullie and Ian Doble, who have designed many of the Legs of both Championships.

The single Championship Entry Fee the fee is £25 (minimum); £40 (minimum) if you want to enter both. Remember, all the proceeds go to four notable charities, so even if you can't find the time to take part please consider entering anyway knowing you will be contributing to a worthwhile cause.

Read on for more details about the Championships and I look forward to testing your navigation and "driving" skills during into 2020.

Best Regards

September 12, 2019

Plotting Championships 2019-2020
with four qualifying events:

Round Rally Provisional Dates
1 The Nearest FarAway Place Rally October 11 - November 3, 2019
2 Panglossian Rally November 22 - December 15, 2019
3 Schoolfrenz Rally January 3 - 26, 2020
4 Thalamorph Rally February 14 - March 8, 2020

All events start and finish at 22:00 hours.

Real-Time Championships 2019-2020
with four qualifying events:

Round Rally Provisional Dates
1 Rally Round Rally October 11 - November 3, 2019
2 Five Diamonds Rally November 22 - December 15, 2019
3 Cloverleaf Rally January 3 - 26, 2020
4 Breckland Rally February 14 - March 8, 2020

All events start and finish at 21:00 hours.

PLOTTING FORMAT. On each event there will be 6 Legs with navigation that will describe a route to be plotted on a digital Ordnance Survey map. The navigation will be solvable by Beginners, Novices, Experts and Masters. The initial route card will be at a Master level, but taking a hint with a penalty will downgrade the complexity to Expert level. A second hint will downgrade to Novice level; and a third and final hint will make the route card suitable for Beginners.

REAL-TIME FORMAT. On each event there will be 6 Legs of varying difficulty from pre-plot routes to straightforward navigation (the kind you might expect on a UK road rally) - NO thought-provoking or cryptic instructions.
There will be a mixture of formats covering Regularities, Road Sections and Stages where you will also need to control the speed of your car to either: maintain the correct average speeds, adhere to a time schedule or beat the target times.
Each Leg will run in real-time and last for approximately 30 minutes.
You will not be able to pause and continue each leg, so a dedicated period of time (about 30 minutes) will be required. If you need a real refreshment or pee break, then this will need to be absorbed in your elapsed time.

You will be allowed to attempt each real-time or plotting leg as many times as you like but only your first attempt will count towards your Championship score.

Competitors should attempt as many Legs as possible.

PENALTIES. Like a real event you will be penalised for incorrectly visiting Time Controls (TCs) and Passage Controls (PCs), and, where appropriate, being late or early at TCs.

RESULTS. The 5 Legs with the least penalties will count towards your overall score i.e. if you have attempted all 6 Legs your worst score will be dropped.
The Championship positions will be decided on the best three placings from the four events. Ties will be resolved by the ranked best placing from any event e.g. A's finishes of 3rd, 5th, 7th and 9th ties with B's 2nd, 4th, 9th and 12th - 15 position points from the best 3 events - but B wins the tie because a 2nd beats a 3rd.

DURATION. You will have 23 days (three weekends) to tackle the 6 legs. There will be a gap of 19 days between each round.

NO MAPS TO BUY! The route runs on extracts of 1:50000 scale digital OS maps which are available on-screen.

NO ROUTE CHECKS! You prove where you went by marking or following the route on a map displayed in your web browser.

CLASSES. There will be classes for Beginners, Novices, Experts and Masters. Classes are automatically assigned based upon a competitor's TTR record since 2012.

REGISTRATION is free via the Entry Form and will allow you access to Practice Legs (see below) to try out the map marking and car control procedures.

ENTRY LIST. To see who has already registered here's the current Entry List.

The ENTRY FEE for each Championship of four events is £25 (minimum) or £40 (minimum) for both Championships.
All entry fees will be donated evenly between the Motor Neurone Disease Association. (Charity #294354), the Multiple Sclerosis Society (Charity #1139257), the Alzheimer's Society (Charity #296645) and Macmillan Cancer Support (Charity #261017)

PRACTICE LEGS. Once you have registered read the Rally Procedures page. This is a guided tour of how you would proceed on an event in plotting any navigation and controlling your car. When you are comfortable with what you have to do, Login to try out the Practice Legs.

REGULATIONS. Acquaint yourself with the TT General Regulations for the Championship.

BULLETINS. Important updates to the Championship and events will be notified in Bulletins. Please check these prior to starting any Leg.

AWARDS. You are doing this mostly for fun and helping charities. Subject to sponsorship token awards may be presented.

TTR FORUMS. If you have any questions about the Championship or individual events please post them to the appropriate TTR discussion forums. If you used this in the last season your username and password will be unchanged. If you need to register please enter a username of Firstname.Surname e.g. John.Smith, other variants will be rejected.

Finishers all events will qualify for World Ranking points.

See what happened in the 2018/9 Championship.