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Old 05-29-2000, 08:14 AM   #1
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Post results from the Rocky Mountain Rally

Here's the official results from the Rocky Mountain Rally in Alberta
(from May 27-28th).

1 John Buffum / Mark Williams Subaru Imprezza WRX
2 Jean-Marc Alcarez / Shirley Normandin Mazda 323 GTX
3 Sylvain Vincent / Dominique Cyr Subaru Impreza RS
4 Barry Latreille / Sandra Latreille Eagle Talon
5 Brian Scott / David Watts Eagle Talon
6 Janusz Komorowski / Tomasz Karzynski Mazda 323 GTX
7 Marc Racine / Luc Piche Subaru Legacy
8 Gord Olsen / Kathy Olsen VW GTI
9 Eric Tremblay/ Bill Westhead Subaru Impreza RS
10 Scott Trinder / John Alevras Toyota Celica AWD
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Old 05-29-2000, 09:48 PM   #2
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My rally pics:
http://ksato.tripod.com/subaru/rockyRally.html

The Audi was broken for Sat. so I just concentrated on watching the WRX and RS's.

Basically, the spectator area covers a T junction with a cattle guard and the different stages just rip back and forth, every which way through this common area. One stage, a lot of the cars were just hauling-ass down to the junction, totally missed the corner, or misjudged the breaking distance... The WRX did the perfect corner through it though; you couldn't tell if the car made it through or if it side swiped the post at the corner, until the dust cleared and the WRX was long gone! They even had a crazy slalom area on the narrow gravel so I can't image how they do that going so fast. Doing it on the way down the hill in my car at 50km/h I could feel the tires sliding around!

Blood hell no signs posted to get to the rally, but a lot of cattle guards, and I killed a family of gophers on the road with my left front. Did the farmers a favor I suppose...

There was about 36km's of road/gravel from the main road so I had a bit of fun. I had one corner a bit too hot, and ended 4 wheel drifting, but out too wide with the back right in the ditch a bit, but the car leaped out in a second!

Only 1 other RS. This guy from RedDeer, supposedly on the Calgary mlist, but I gave him a Van. i-Club card to get on the main site here. Another older gentleman with his wife's Outback, seemed interested in getting an RS so hopefully he'll be on here also.

Calgary overall is an insane place for driving. To get to anywhere: eats, movies, etc. you gotta drive to downtown, or one of the for corners of the city it seems. Take a highway, exit, get on to another, over and over... the merging lanes are twice as short compared to in Vancouver, so now I know where they get their "habits" from. No one uses signals either, but they do seem courteous to use the right slow lane correctly! This isn't an insult to CowTown people, just something that humored me a bit... :P

On the way back on Sun. I caught up to Steve I think, from Specialty. I didn't recognize the crazy guy in the dometic car with BC tags honking and waving cause he recognized the iClub stickers. Not until we pulled over at the Banff toll area and he gave me a spare WRC rally poster! That one's going up at work, thanks!
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Old 05-29-2000, 10:01 PM   #3
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darn pat didnt finish in top 10??
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Old 05-30-2000, 12:26 AM   #4
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Pat Richard finished 15th (from Calgary Sports Car Club site - times later - http://bishop.ab.ca/CSCC/rocky/index.html )
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Old 05-30-2000, 06:55 AM   #5
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Here's Pat's press release:

--

29 MAY 2000

Rocket Rally Racing rolls while leading Production GT at Rocky

VANCOUVER, BC - They rocked. And then they rolled. Two stages away from a
Production GT win at this weekend's Rocky Mountain Rally, Rocket Rally
Racing rolled its Subaru Impreza RS. The B.C.-based team ended up
finishing the Alberta event 15th out of 29 cars.

Before the roll, the team had been locked in a tight battle for 1st place
in Production GT - and 5th overall - with the Eagle Talon of Brian Scott
and David Watts, of Michigan. "We swapped the lead several times," said
Ian McCurdy, Rocket Rally Navigator. "With the Talon's power advantage,
Scott and Watts were faster on the uphill stages. But we were faster on
the downhill stages." Rocket Rally Racing managed to eke out a 12-second
lead right before the last two stages of the event: an 18-kilometre run
downhill and then the same run uphill. But they knew that small lead
wouldn't secure the win.

"We knew Scott and Watts would take about 10 to 15 seconds on the uphill
stage, so we needed to do well on that downhill stage. Five seconds was
all we needed. We went all-out, I wanted to win. In retrospect, I wasn't
thinking about the championship," explained Pat Richard, Rocket Rally
Driver.

About two kilometres from the end of the downhill stage, the car rolled on
a 3rd gear left and hit a tree. After about 20 minutes, the team - with
the assistance of the Subaru team of Dave Kozegi and Todd Patola, of Port
Alberni, B.C. - put the car back on its wheels and finished the event.

"Thankfully, the damage was minimal: just some basic bodywork and a few
wheels out of alignment," explained Crew Chief Dave Clark, of Dave Clark
Motorsports. "The car will certainly be ready for the team's next race,
Rallye Baie des Chaleurs in Quebec on July 7."

Despite the roll, the team still leads the Production GT standings in the
2000 Subaru Canadian Rally Championship and the North American Rally Cup.
Rocket Rally Racing is supported by Specialty Subaru of North Vancouver,
Drummond Motor Sport and Dragon Eyewear.

Rocky Mountain Rally will be televised several times on TSN and RDS,
starting June 18.

- 30 -

For more information contact:

(East Coast)
Nathalie Richard, Rocket Rally Boss
media@rocketrally.com
p. (416) 922-9222

(West Coast)
Patrick Richard, Rocket Rally Driver
info@rocketrally.com
p. (604) 803-6095
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Old 05-30-2000, 02:42 PM   #6
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Ok, that's why Steve was asking me if it was ME who rolled, hehe. I have 3 windshield cracks so I guess that's why he asked when I caught up to him. But it wasn't me just to clarify...

Pat - how many km/h's did you do the slalom section at?

Who's running that silver RS? I know the other black RS with a paint job similar to the Rocket RS is the Lachut car.

The Toyota Celica Turbos were just crazy hearing them spool up after hitting that T junction turn!

I really want to see how the TSN coverage turned out. Is it the first time for this year that they got chopper coverage?
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Old 05-30-2000, 08:28 PM   #7
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A little souvenier:
http://ksato.tripod.com/subaru/rockyRally/wrcPoster.jpg
http://ksato.tripod.com/subaru/workbook.jpg

This may not work... ack, click on the link on the link above, and then on the link on the page that pops up... stoopid Tripod...

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Old 05-30-2000, 09:01 PM   #8
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Ken,

The silver RS is Eric Tremblay's car. He's J-M Alcaraz's teammate. Eric runs in the same class as Pat (GT).

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Old 05-31-2000, 01:24 AM   #9
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Yeah man, the rally was cool. Too bad we flipped the car cuz we were in for a good result...

the reason no one was able to make the turn at the spectator stage was that it was totally 'blind' (i.e. coming up the hill, you had to brake way before you could see it... and so not so many of us are used to that (hehe)..)

Anyhow, the car was more damaged from the "big air competition" than anything else...

but yeah, Rocky was very, very cool, but dusty !

Some spectator rolled his RS as well, I saw it too. It was on a T-left turn, one that we always would slide for fun (this was on a transit, not on the stage). It looked like the guy was too stoked from being at the rally :-). Anyhow, that car was SMUSHED... hope it isn't someone on the list.. if it was, sorry man !

At least your insurance will cover it for you ...

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Old 05-31-2000, 01:33 AM   #10
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No,

they had a chopper the week before at Big Horn and usually at most events that I have been to, like Charlevoix, Voyageurs, etc.

The CARS event coverage kicks the US stuff in the ass, literally (no offense to Doug Plumber).

Rally is one thing for sure that Canadians should be proud of !!

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Old 05-31-2000, 01:34 AM   #11
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Oh the slalom section, I have no idea what speed cuz I never look but there were a few of the chicanes. These were 'fast' chicanes so you could do them in 2nd gear. So whatever speed that is.

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Old 05-31-2000, 04:19 PM   #12
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I'm a member of the Calgary club, and the guy from red deer (shayne, I believe his name is) rolled his car on the way back. It's probably write off And incidentally, heres a navigation tip for next time your in calgary: you just have to remember which indian went what direction, and drive like ya mean it. If you drive like a limp-wristed quiche eater people here will eat you alive
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