When a form of motorsport includes pit stops, it immediately becomes one of the most important aspects of that discipline. You can take risks on the track and maybe shave off a couple of tenths of a second per lap, but with a perfectly executed pit stop you can easily gain or lose a few seconds. That’s why we sat down with one of Rebellion’s chief mechanics, Phil Jose, who’s been doing them for over fifteen years.
What’s the main essence of getting a pit stop right?
The most important thing is to get the right person in the right place. Having mechanics who are in shape comes as a close second. You need to figure out who is strong enough to fit wheels or who is fast enough to run around with a wheel gun. The biggest, heaviest guy is usually on the fuel hose. He needs to open that valve and press down his entire weight on that valve for 30-45 seconds.