Every rally driver has his/her own preparation before the start of the special stage. It is important to be calm and cool in your head because this sport isn't that much about physical condition (in WRC it s because of the long special stages and liaison so long through the day that longs up to 15 hours of driving) then psychological strenght that gives you the power to go on your limits.
I found this video of the current World Rally Champion and the winner of recent WRC Rally Estonia Ott Tanak where he explains how he prepares before the special stage.
What is the most surprising of this crew of Tanak and his co-driver Jarveoja is the calmness when they were in shunt at Monte Carlo Rallye this season.
They went of at 190km/h and that crash lasted long and they were even talking during the crash. Man, we are talking about big balls here.
Watch this and learn from WRC champion...