A well-coordinated orchestra
During a rally, each mechanic is responsible for one quarter of the car, which they know inside out. Usually, they keep to that section of the car for the whole of the season: front left, front right, rear left, rear right. Of course, they have the skills to service any other part of the car, too, but the target is 100% performance. For example, if you’re handed the front right wheel position, that means you’re responsible for the axle, damper, brakes, lower part of the engine, wing, door, co-driver seat and other interior parts. It is also important to keep an eye out for leaks, such as any sign of the brake fluid seeping out. There are also marks on each and every screw to indicate the slightest move.
“With a regular service, all mechanics stay in their set position. If a larger repair is necessary, we have to be versatile. We help each other and focus on what’s important,” explains Lukáš Krupka. “Repairing body damage after major shunts is particularly complicated. As we don’t have time to cut or weld parts, we have to improvise and try to put the parts together as well as we can in the limited time.”