Young GrasshopperAnother look at hillclimbing....
Any time is infinitely faster than a DNF
Workers yelling and waving flags at you are not cheering you on!
Brakes and steering don't work while the wheels are in the air.
If you find yourself sitting in a car that is on its roof your run is done. Trying to talk workers into quickly rolling you over so you can continue isn't going to work.
Sometimes you should listen to the little voice in the back of your head that's saying you're going too fast.
When things are going really well beware. Ask anyone who crashed hard. They were having their best run ever just before they left the road.
In an Autocross you get time penalties for going off course. In hillclimbs we don't bother with time penalties since the rocks, trees, ditches, etc. usually take care of this automatically. The penalties are measured in dollars instead of seconds.
It's always better to be at the top of the hill wishing you went a little faster than being part way up wishing you went a little slower.
When in doubt about a corner, slow down. We haven't pulled many drivers out of the woods who said they went too slow through the previous corner. We have pulled out many who mistook sharp turn for a small bend.
Holding the accelerator down makes corners appear as if by magic. Sometimes they appear in places you have never seen them before. Rain and Fog have much the same effect.
"Flat foot" is a relative term. So just because the guy driving a diesel Chevette says he can keep his foot down through all the corners does not mean you should try it in your big block Corvette.
Keep in mind all the fly by wire stuff (ABS, Traction Control, Yaw Control, etc.) was developed for normal driving on smooth streets. The guy who wrote the software probably never even heard of hillclimbing and probably didnít consider what the system would do when some or all of the wheels leave the ground. Be wary until you know how the system is going to react.
A "good" run is one you make it to the top. A "great" run is one you make it to the top and have fun doing it.
Faster is not the same as quicker.
First learn to finish, then learn to finish first.