Stopwatch Errors

Bjoern, I had a finish line reading  on my stopwatch of .1 sec early in the 140 class. Thought I was in the hunt since I figure on a .1 sec reaction to start my watch. Much to my surprise my result time was 54.8 seconds early!! The car in front of me was 5 secs late so according to timing and scoring I should have finished on his bumper. Never saw him!  I expect transparency from timing and scoring to resolve this error and to post their resolution of it here. I know of other competitors   who have the same issues. If we can't trust the accuracy of timing and scoring, then what's the point?!!

Jim,

The SSCC results are now online. Realize you got a third place in your speed class with a time variance of  0.3481 secs.

Congratulations!!!

Just curious, what happened with your timing and scoring? How did it become wrong initially? Are you perhaps able to share detailed information about this?

Cheers Bjoern

 

 

 

 

Bjoern, Dave with timing & scoring saw the error after I pointed it out to him after the dinner. He said something about human error in posting the prelim results. That's as far as the explanation went. Since they corrected my time in a timely way, I didn't follow up with him to explain in detail what "human error" meant. As for your original post about stopwatches, yes as we age our reaction time is probably not as quick as it was when younger. I've tested my reaction time using a stop watch while relaxing in a chair(not at the start line under stress) and found my reaction to be from 0.022 to 0.275 secs late. Also on my run I stopped my watch approx 0.200 secs early. Thus overall I could be between 0.475 secs late or at best 0.222 late. It's the great unknown. It's always best to be early! If in doubt when approaching the finish-accelerate! As more competitors use systems that tie to the atomic clock(thus eliminating the reaction time at start line) we manual guys have a tougher time to podium. But it can be done! I did a 0.0054 time a year ago in 130 class . Thru dumb luck!!

best,

Jim

jimburnett posted:

Bjoern, Dave with timing & scoring saw the error after I pointed it out to him after the dinner. He said something about human error in posting the prelim results. That's as far as the explanation went. Since they corrected my time in a timely way, I didn't follow up with him to explain in detail what "human error" meant. As for your original post about stopwatches, yes as we age our reaction time is probably not as quick as it was when younger. I've tested my reaction time using a stop watch while relaxing in a chair(not at the start line under stress) and found my reaction to be from 0.022 to 0.275 secs late. Also on my run I stopped my watch approx 0.200 secs early. Thus overall I could be between 0.475 secs late or at best 0.222 late. It's the great unknown. It's always best to be early! If in doubt when approaching the finish-accelerate! As more competitors use systems that tie to the atomic clock(thus eliminating the reaction time at start line) we manual guys have a tougher time to podium. But it can be done! I did a 0.0054 time a year ago in 130 class . Thru dumb luck!!

best,

Jim

Since I'm the guy you bumped to 4th I'm going to get my times checked as well.   My stopwatch showed .09 late, and that jives with my timer.   I know what half a second looks like and I don't think I was that late.   At BBORR this year I knew I was around .5 late just by timer, actual time came in at .57.

Never the less, if the hardware is yours then I'll send it to you.   If it isn't mine then I don't want it.

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