Ordnance Survey data is used across businesses, government and by individuals, but we still enjoy hearing about different uses. When we saw a tweet from the Pirelli Richard Burns Foundation Rally saying they used our maps, we contacted Bev from the team to find out more.
To prepare for any rally we need to map out the routes through the forest that will be used at each stage – and this is where Ordnance Survey maps come in. We mark the routes out on the maps for each stage before the team head out into the forest, drive the routes on the maps and decide on the best route for each stage. Sometimes, none of them are quite right and it’s back to the maps to draw out a new route to test.
Once we have the stage routes, we then need to map out the road routes to make sure everyone knows the best route to reach each stage.
Once we’ve completed the stage and road routes and worked out the mileage, we work with Rally Maps as they produce official rally maps for the majority of UK rally’s.
In addition to the official maps, we also provide the rally teams with road books, which contain tulip diagrams (see picture) detailing both road routes and the stage routes.