No one really starts at the top, competing in the World Rally Championship against the likes of Colin McRae, Tommi Makinen, Richard Burns and Marcus Gronholm. It takes years of experience, a tall learning curve, starting out with second or even third hand rally cars.
This reality-based rally game starts you at the same place all aspiring rally drivers begin, as a Seed 6 driver in an SCCA ClubRally®. You get your choice of Group 2 cars: a VW GTI, a Saab 900, a Volvo 240, or a Toyota Corolla GT-S.
VW GTI - FWD
Saab 900 - FWD
Volvo 240 - RWD
Toyota GTS - RWD
You start out with a $10,000 budget for the first season. With that money, you must buy the car, tow vehicle and trailer, make any purchases toward the car such as tires, plus all entry fees and travel expenses. If you go cheap on the towing package, you can spend more on the car, but the game may provide setbacks such as a breakdown on the way to a rally.
If you choose to start with a used street vehicle, you will have to budget for all of the expenses of building your own car. On the other hand, if you purchase a used rally car, you will pay more initially, but won't have to spend as much on preparation.
The goal for the first few events is to finish. The game is quite realistic, causing damage if you go off the road, or possibly a blown engine or broken gearbox if you abuse the car. If you do not finish, any repair costs must come out of your alloted budget. Consequently you may have to cut back on planned upgrades or on the number of events you can run.
If you finish the season (six events) with an acceptable record, you can move up to Group 5 for the next season, where you will get to compete against such Group 5 ClubRally stalwarts as Colin McCleery in his Merkur XR4Ti. That is why the game is called...
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