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This applies probably much more broadly than to DiRT 3 only, but what do all the pace notes my co-driver provides mean? (Left|Right) [1-6]|"Hairpin" is easy enough to understand, along with the literal "keep left", "near house", but there are random numbers mixed in and other more abstract directions.

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The general structure of pace notes is designed to inform the driver about the conditions of the course ahead in a shorthand fashion.

Most commonly they encode the distance to the next turn, the direction of the next turn, and the severity of the next turn. So a pace note might be "100, 5 Left" - which might mean "100 meters ahead is a severity 5 turn to the left." Higher severity in the DiRT 3 pacenotes indicates that the turn is shallow, and can be taken at a higher speed/gear.

Pace note structure and format varies, as it's essentially a form of rapid-fire communication between the driver and co-driver. Part of that is what's written on the page, and part of that is how the co-driver reads what's written.

Some common elements of several systems I researched:

  • "Down" and "Up" for downhill and uphill
  • Don't Cut or D/C - don't cut the corner, there's a hazard/dropoff.
  • Flat - go full throttle, or flat out
  • Square - a 90 degree bend (oversquare being more than 90 degrees)

If there's a specific term that's tripping you up, let me know and I'll try to find a specific reference for it.

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There's also "crest" (small bump) and "jump". Which suddenly have a much clearer distinction when there's a corner after them. :p – Paystey Apr 24 '12 at 13:31

I haven't play dirt 3, but pacenotes are easy once you watch others use it. let's take a certain note and decode it: 100 R5 100 shows distance until turn R5 shows turn and severity, R or L for right or left, and 1-6 for intensity 6 being almost straight to 1 being almost or a full u-turn more codes can be found online, but these are basics

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