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Old 08-03-2005, 04:33 PM   #1
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Default PR - NC Rally Team Takes On The Maine Forest Rally

Team Driver Otis Dimiters set top 5 stage times and moved into 3rd place overall before engine troubles brought the Group N car to a halt with only 8 competitive miles remaining. The team also supported Production GT driver Matthew Johnson, who finished an impressive 9th overall and 1st in class.

Dimiters had just brought the 2002 Subaru STI back from a motor rebuild at Autosport Engineering in Michigan, and was pleased with the results. Canadian co-driver Alan Ockwell sat in the right seat in place of regular co-driver Peter Monin, and settled right into the job. Matthew Johnson and co-driver Wendy Robinson-Nakamoto arrived at the rally fresh from their experience at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, ready for the challenging logging roads.

Dimiters and Johnson both threw their Subaru Imprezas headlong into the race, overcoming melon size rocks and tricky roads. Dimiters and Ockwell set top 5 times on a majority of Friday’s stages, finishing the day in 3rd overall, 15 seconds in front of former World Rally Champion driver Stig Blomqvist. Johnson and Robinson-Nakamoto laid down a series of stage times in the top 10 to finish the first leg of the rally in 7th place overall, over a minute ahead of the next Production GT car.

The crews spent Friday evening preparing the cars for Saturday’s competition, including repairing an oil leak on the turbo in Dimiter’s car. On Saturday, Dimiters showed that consistency pays off by setting another 5th fastest stage time, and followed that up with a 3rd overall fastest time on Stage 6, 2 seconds faster than current champion Pat Richard. Johnson kept his streak going as well, staying well within the top 10 on both stages before the afternoon service.

During the afternoon service Dimiters reported problems with the fuel pump, which was replaced with a new unit lent to the team by Doug Havir. The service crew also set about repairing some minor body damage to the rear corner.

The fuel pump issues returned almost as quickly as the replacement had been installed, causing Dimiters to start loosing time on Stage 7. By Stage 8 the car was limping to the finish, where Dimiters and Ockwell swapped in another spare, barely making the start of the final stage. With only 8 miles to go the newly rebuilt motor finally gave up, jettisoning it’s oil and grinding to a halt, leaving the pair to watch Ken Block pass by and take 3rd place.

Johnson had a much easier afternoon, continuing to set impressive times, maintaining a lead of over 5 minutes to the next Production GT car to finish on a very positive note!

NC Rally would like to give special thanks to: the organizers of the Maine Forest Rally; Rally America; North Coast Subaru of Glen Cove, NY; Vivian Levy; Autosport Engineering; Subaru of America; and the all volunteer NC Rally service crew! We’ll see everyone in Minnesota!

(Photos to follow shortly at http://www.ncrally.com/index.php?&pid=508 , check back later)
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Old 08-03-2005, 07:05 PM   #2
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Old 08-04-2005, 09:51 AM   #3
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Thanks Pete! I also found out I made a mistake - Otis tied with Doug Havir for 2nd fastest time on Stage 6!
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Old 08-04-2005, 06:24 PM   #4
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Way to go guys! Otis can really rip when he's on. Too bad about the FP/motor issues.
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Old 08-04-2005, 07:13 PM   #5
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Mediawhore! Oh...wait... Cool as always to see you again! We've come a long way since Nissan Pavilion and autocrossing at Boeing and Camden!

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Old 08-05-2005, 04:25 PM   #6
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So glad you guys showed well with my usual codriver Alan riding with Otis, you guys were flying! Too bad about the motor but such is racing....still glad you guys showed you were nearly as quick as stig and pat!!
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Old 08-05-2005, 06:10 PM   #7
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Sean,
In the immortal words of Tonto, "what do you mean WE kemosabe?"

Congrats on the finish but...

Alan and Otis, so sad to hear of your misfortune, a great run either way.
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Old 08-05-2005, 08:20 PM   #8
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In the immortal words of Tonto, "what do you mean WE kemosabe?"
"We" as in Car #187 and I have come a long way since we were autocrossing around in circles 45 seconds at a time in parking lots saying "huhhhuhuhh race cars are COOL huhhhhuhuhhh".

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Old 08-08-2005, 09:17 AM   #9
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"We" as in Car #187 and I have come a long way since we were autocrossing around in circles 45 seconds at a time in parking lots saying "huhhhuhuhh race cars are COOL huhhhhuhuhhh".
Yea, it was cool to see the progression we've made since the "old days!" Granted, I did know you were preparing a rally car and would be there, but it was cool to hear them call your name for 3rd on day 2. I thought it was funny that you guys were impressed that I'm on Otis' crew, while I was jealous that you were driving!

The engine rebuild is already underway at Autosport Engineering, Otis brought it out there the Monday after MFR and tore it down with Graham that Tuesday. Apparently fuel starvation had caused the pistons to melt and there are actual holes in them (I might have pictures later), and it might need a new block. Either way, we'll be ready for Ojibwe.

Alan was an excelent co-driver, Otis was impressed. Apparently he didn't miss a single call the whole event, and he put up with our constant jokes about being a Canook!

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Old 08-08-2005, 11:07 AM   #10
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The engine rebuild is already underway at Autosport Engineering, Otis brought it out there the Monday after MFR and tore it down with Graham that Tuesday.
Awesome! Good to hear the motor can be saved and it seems that the failure was due to a problem that can be rectified and prevented in the future. Crashing sucks but retirement due to mechanical failure is insult to injury. Can't wait to see you guys next time out!

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I thought it was funny that you guys were impressed that I'm on Otis' crew, while I was jealous that you were driving!
Crewing is no walk in the park and is just as impressive as driving since the crew is the backbone of the team...I'm nowhere near the level of Otis and the rest of the guys out there but, had I not been driving, I definitely would have found a team to crew for.

Hope to see you at Rally New York!

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Old 08-08-2005, 01:43 PM   #11
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Crewing is no walk in the park and is just as impressive as driving since the crew is the backbone of the team...I'm nowhere near the level of Otis and the rest of the guys out there but, had I not been driving, I definitely would have found a team to crew for.
Crewing is a lot of work, but it's fun work. I like being involved in the sport on the competitor side, getting to meet all the people, and learning about how it all works from the car to the co-driver. I got a driver's suit in the hopes of eventually finding a co-driving ride with a slower car (Otis' right seat is NOT the place for a beginner!). That's on the back burner until the season calms down.

For those who might be wondering what crewing on a team like NC Rally entails, here's the general idea from my perspective as a crew cheif:

2 - 3 weeks before the event - "work on car weekend" spending usually two days in the shop working on the car (haven't had to do this lately).

1 week before the event - write the movement plan, detailing where and when the crew and car has to be. it also includes directions, rally schedule, crew information, service plans, fuel calculations, and info on helpful local establishments like auto parts stores.

departure - everyone gathers at North Coast at the time we are supposed to leave, but we usually find that we still have to pack the truck! or for long distance rallies like Oregon, we all hop our own flights out and Otis drives the truck out.

shakedown - get the car out and setup a small service area for Otis to test out the car and the roads.

day 1 - get the car washed, nut n' bolted, and ready to go to Parc Expose, get the crew off to the first service area.

service - set up service area, including tents, tarps, tools, tires, fuel and have spares ready. then sit around waiting for the car, work quickly for about 20 minutes to an hour on the car (depending on damage). then either pack up and move to the next service area, or sit around until they come back.

end day 1 - nut n' bolt the car again. that means putting a wrench on every nut and bolt in the suspension, brakes, etc to make sure it's all tight. on a car that is dismantled to some extent after every event it is very important to check everything.

day 2 - get up early, get the car to parc expose and get the crew off to the next service area. repeat day 1, but end the day with a beer or two (or three).

post rally - write the press release when you should be working.

Otis does a ton of work on the car between rallies, and the car pretty much lives on a lift at North Coast where Otis does most of the work. North Coast also has a paint shop, at least once a year we repaint the whole car, including stripping all running gear off the bottom and painting it (no, you would not use rhino lining or anything, just paint). Otis removes the DMS after every evnt and measures to make sure they aren't bent or damanged, then takes them apart and services them. I'm sure there are 100 other things he does between events, but I have a desk job that keeps me out of the shop...

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Alan was an excelent co-driver, Otis was impressed. Apparently he didn't miss a single call the whole event, and he put up with our constant jokes about being a Canook!
Thanks for the kind words and the opportunity. I had a great time - hope to run with you guys again!

As for putting up with the jokes, I didn't have much of a choice. I was badly outnumbered. And I can't help it if I talk funny and spray "u"s around in random words.
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As for putting up with the jokes, I didn't have much of a choice. I was badly outnumbered.
1 Canadian eh, 1 Latvian, 1 Polish, 1 Russian, 1 Argentinian, 3 Unites Statesican. Outnumbered, maybe, but not badly
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Old 08-09-2005, 09:43 AM   #14
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Sweet, my pictures are finally up:
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