How many control points must a regularity section have?
More buggy controls worsens a ranking! We explain it to you with the McDonald's example.
An important decision of regularity timing is how many secret checkpoints we must put in each section.
There is no mathematical formula to make this decision. It is obvious that with few controls the luck / bad luck factor can greatly affect the result of your score, and this timekeepers and competitive participants do not like anything.
It can also affect the weight of a stage with respect to the total of the rally. For example, scoring poorly on a short stage with 10 controls is worse than scoring poorly on a long stage with 5 controls.
Some people think that the more controls the better always, but it is not. If we measure badly (time or distance), the more badly made controls, the better the overall precision of your score. Perhaps the more controls you decrease the luck / bad luck effect, but this may not be enough to differentiate between the first and the tenth ranked.
Put the control points at strategic points with good judgment: before a big curve, after a couple of curves, up the slope, at the end of a straight line, avoid putting them inside towns, after a stop, etc. usually gives very good results.
There is also an urban legend: "More controls is better. Placing many control points increases accuracy"
But wait, stop and think judiciously! Is more always better?
In regularaty rallies of course not. Putting more wrong controls means putting more errors, putting more points.
On a regularity rules there are positive points and negative, but they all add up to the overall ranking. They are not countered and much less counteracted to the taste of the consumer.
Well, that: urban legend.
More buggy controls worsens a ranking! I explain it to you with the McDonald's example.
Eating in a McDonald's is fine, it ok as fast food and is healthy enough, but if you always eat at McDonald's does not increase your health, the opposite ocurs you will get fatter!
In sports the luck / bad luck factor will always be there: some will run in the rain, others in the dry, with more light, less light, a clean road, a road with rubber, etc. In open road rallies it seems that this factor increases, but the truth is that it neither increases nor decreases, it is different, each sport has its own factor.
In all competitions the luck / bad luck factor is implicit, for example, take into account the League and Champions League draws.
Take it easy, comrades, we will always have the wonderful phrase "if it weren't for ..." that we like to pronounce so much at the end of rally dinners with friends!