I guess the course in the same every year .... at least in Baja you don't know what the course is until they release it. My own naivety really. I guess I was expecting more bang for my buck.Kiwi,
We have learned a lot in the last year and a half we have been racing. We are rule followers and found out that the rules are flexible. Just like Jergensen starting without body panels. I agree with the call but its tough to have rules that change. Especially when you are naturally a rule follower.
You can test and pre run in there desert as long as you do it right and respectful. All the top teams do it. In fact I know a couple teams that have pre run V2R this year. How could BITD disqualify someone for running out in the desert? every racer would be disqualified and there would be no race. I think BITD does a great job balancing the rules with reality. Its never clear and there are many grey areas.
Look at the top TT drivers like Lofton, Letner, Voss, Mcmillin, and Menzies they all pre run and test in the desert over and over. I bet Voss has more miles on race courses than just about anyone. Its no miracle the guy is fast. He works hard and puts in the effort. Pretty much any top racer is working way harder than anyone knows. They don't just show up and win.
I thought the SS300 was a great race and well ran considering all the challenges. I can not imagine anyone doing a better job than the BITD team did.