The Tynemouth Computer Services (TCS) Rally Results Service is based on over 35 years experience covering more than a thousand events. TCS have provided a results service to events of all statuses from club events to rounds of the FIA Word Rally Championship. During the year 2010 TCS provided the results service for all the rounds of the following championships: Dulux Trade MSA British Rally Championship, Silverstone Tyres BTRDA Rally Championship and most rounds of the MSA Gravel Rally Chamionship and MSA English Rally Championship. TCS software was also used to produce the results for most rounds of the REIS MSA Asphalt Rally Championship. Other events were TCS provided the results service included the RAC MSA Rally of Scotland (an IRC event), the Roger Albert Clark Rally and the Legend Fires North West Stages.
The software has been continuously developed over the last 36 years and the current system uses a client server approach. The server portions of the system run under Linux (we use Fedora and Centos internally) and the clients are suitable PCs running Windows 95/98/ME/NT/2000/XP/Vista/7 (32 or 64bit). The system is designed to be fully compliant with the requirements for the World Rally Championship but also offers simplified print out formats for lower status events. Timing to an accuracy of minutes, seconds and tenths, hundredths and thousandths of a second is supported. Various timing systems are supported including WRC style target timing, British target timing and British schedule timing. Support is provided for up to eight simultaneous rallies within an event e.g. an International with associated national, historic and one make events. Each event can use a different route, timing system, car numbering scheme etc.
TCS can provide a full service where we provide hardware, installation, software and support or we can use hardware arranged by event organisers. In appropriate cases TCS are prepared to enter into a franchise arrangement with suitably qualified third parties to provide a results service in a particular region.
The main modules of the system are:
More detailed notes are available providing guidance to event organisers on the issues that need to be considered to make the best use of the system. Click here for Notes for event organisers
An archive of results and championship positions, mainly based on the results services provided by TCS, is maintained by David James at British Rally Championships Archive.