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Old 06-15-2002, 05:02 PM   #1
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You guys need to come to the Bremerton National Tour. You could win some MONEY!

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ANNOUNCEMENT



Peninsula Subaru will sponsor the Peninsula Subaru WRX Challenge to be held in conjunction with the SCCA Bremerton Solo II National Tour, July 26-28, 2002



The Northwest Region SCCA and the Sports Car Club of America, Inc., will conduct a Solo II National Tour event at Bremerton Motorsports Park in Bremerton, Washington. This event is one of seven in the SCCA National series held across the country, billed as “The Road to Topeka” because entrants qualify for THE TIRE RACK SCCA NATIONAL SOLO CHAMPIONSHIP on September 9-13, 2002 in Topeka, Kansas. The presenting sponsor for the event Brementon Tour is Kumho Tires. The event is open to entries from SCCA members and last year drew 243 competitors from across the United States.



Again for 2002, the Peninsula Subaru WRX Challenge will showcase the characteristics and performance of the new Subaru Impreza WRX automobile in competition on paved surfaces before an enthusiast audience. All Subaru WRX owners and co-drivers who enter the Bremerton National Tour in the D Stock and D Stock Ladies classes are eligible to compete in the Peninsula Subaru WRX Challenge. Entrants shall comply with all applicable SCCA rules and regulations for National Tour events including payment of fees and satisfaction of the mandatory safety Inspection.


The Peninsula Subaru WRX Challenge competitive runs will occur during the D Stock and D Stock Ladies heats that include the WRX. The cars will be grided and their runs taken in order in their respective heats. Each competitor will receive a minimum of three timed runs each day and the sum of the quickest times from each day will be used for scoring.


Awards to the top five drivers in the competition will be $150 for first, $100 for second, $75 for third, $50 for fourth and $25 for fifth in merchandise certificates provided by Peninsula Subaru. Competitor positions will be determined by their best times including applicable penalties. Competitors are eligible to receive the usual class awards in G Stock and G Stock Ladies.



The winning World Rally Championship car inspires the Subaru Impreza WRX design. However, the car has become an instant favorite with Solo II/Autocross enthusiasts as well. 227 horsepower and 217 pound feet of torque from a turbocharged and intercooled 2.0-liter engine in a 3085 pound chassis produce outstanding 0-60 mph times of 6.5 seconds! The taut structure and all wheel drive system with viscous limited slip rear differential produce balanced handling in this compact package and excellent Solo II performance. Replacing the standard all weather rubber with performance tires will further enhance competitiveness.



2002 Challenge competition highlighted a contest between Rally/Solo veteran Paul Eklund from Tigard, Oregon, and Solo newcomer Patrick Rautio from Mill Creek, Washington. First runs Saturday saw Glenn Wallace lead the competition with a clean 56.680, Rautio second with a cone followed by Kimball Ayer with a clean 57.222, Eklund with 2 cones, newcomers Kirk Pesce and Ethan Clark, and Dean Mikes seventh. Second runs saw Eklund assume the lead with a 54.115, followed by Ayer 54.957, Rautio 55.603 with a cone, Wallace and Pesce. On his third runs Rautio turned the only clean 53, a 53.432 to lead, while Eklund coned to stay second, Wallace turned 54.693 to assume third, Ayer slowed in fourth, Mikes got his first clean run, a 55.312 to take fifth with Pesce and Clark in sixth and seventh.



Sunday saw Kimball Ayer set the pace on first runs on the Sunday course with a 52.635 good for second behind Rautio (52.948), followed by Wallace (54.755) and Mikes (54.756), while Eklund with 4 cones took the “Cone Killer” mantle for the Challenge and went from second to fifth. On second runs Rautio slowed and Ayer coned while Mikes with a 52.927 wrested third from Wallace. Eklund with a DNF remained fifth. On third runs the veteran Eklund curbed the over-driving that marred his first two runs, setting fast time of the day, a 51.860 to take first by a 0.405 second margin for the two days from Rautio who slowed. His combined time of 105.975 seconds for the weekend placed him fifth in the ultra-competitive G Stock (the WRX class in 2001) field of 17 drivers. Wallace turned 52.868 on his third run to take third from Ayer who coned two runs fast enough to hold the position. Mikes took the fifth award position followed by Pesce and Clark.



With a year experience to drive and tune the car, and for the drivers to learn how best to extract maximum performance, the Subaru Impreza WRX promises to be a contender in D Stock in 2002.



Contact the Northwest Region web site at www.nwr-scca.com for information about the event, or event chairman Bud Bohrer at 253.529.0187 for information about the challenge.



Contact Peninsula Subaru, a new dealership with cordial, helpful staff, for information on the Impreza WRX. At last contact one black and one yellow WRX were available.

Peninsula Subaru

3888 W. State Hwy 16

Bremerton, WA 98312

www.peninsulasubaru.com

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Old 06-16-2002, 01:00 PM   #2
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Bah. The one major problem with this contest is that you have to use the prize money at Peninsula Subaru.
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Old 06-16-2002, 01:05 PM   #3
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Besides, who besides Kimball runs in stock class? Guess that means Kimball's guaranteed first place trophy money!!
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Old 06-16-2002, 02:51 PM   #4
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Rule #1... Don't dis the sponsor...
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Old 06-16-2002, 02:55 PM   #5
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All part of the plan...
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Besides, who besides Kimball runs in stock class? Guess that means Kimball's guaranteed first place trophy money!!
My luck, Paul will come up from Portland, others will appear from distant places, my own co-driver beats me...
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Old 06-17-2002, 02:40 AM   #6
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Nobody will ever beat the mighty Kimball... even if they do, you'll still have your "wrx parking only" sign...
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Old 06-17-2002, 08:40 PM   #7
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Hooray for Peninsula Subaru. Wheee!!!

Another year of acting like the 2.5RS doesn't exist. They did this in GS last year. If it had been a "Subaru Challenge" they would have awarded 1st and 4th place prizes to the only two 2.5RS drivers. At least this year the two cars run in different classes. It doesn't feel like so much of a slap in the face this time.

OK, now that I've vented.... Great to hear that a local dealership is supporting autocross!!! Good luck to all of the DS WRX drivers!!!

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Old 06-17-2002, 08:47 PM   #8
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I actually put this thread in the Rocky mountain forum trying to get people from the OTHER states to come and race. We did get one guy from Montana last year and of Chris and ...... I forgot his name, well Chris' friend and Paul E. from Oregon. I posted this in the Bay area forum as well but I guess most people from Cali don't like to leave there state.

And I don't care about the cross posting.

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Old 06-17-2002, 08:56 PM   #9
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If it makes you feel any better, even I do not know if there will be any WRXen besides mine. Try and find a stock one...
The Event Chair is co-driving my car just so we can be sure to at least HAVE a shoot-out, even if it's just a dual!


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Hooray for Peninsula Subaru. Wheee!!!

(edit adverse press... Prepare a proposal and get yee down to whatever business you want support from... Peninsula didn't come up with The Idea all by themselves. WE got what we asked for )

OK, now that I've vented.... Great to hear that a local dealership is supporting autocross!!! Good luck to all of the DS WRX drivers!!!

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(And I don't mind the X-posting... I want to know what this "edge" thing is P@ keeps bringing up. But I'm sort of afraid to ask )
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Old 06-17-2002, 09:09 PM   #10
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I think its great that Peninsula Subaru supports its locals. I encourage them to continue the WRX Challenge this year. And I think its cool that you asked and received.

I'm just still bitter about last year. Would it have been so tough to have the Impreza Challenge?

Anyway... I'll be there in my GS class Impreza. Just to show that Old School still has some fight left in it.

Andrew H.

PS - Anyone got a WRX I can co-drive? I've got tires. Glenn?
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Old 06-17-2002, 11:41 PM   #11
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My car isn't stock anymore!

STi suspension
alum arms
4 pot calipers

I ran in STX on the weekend and sucked badly.

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Old 06-18-2002, 01:13 AM   #12
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There are more Stock WRX's out there, but isn't that the same weekend as the Northwest Nationals at PIR? If these events are not on the same weekend then I can think of one Stocker that will definetely be showing up.
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Old 06-18-2002, 04:31 PM   #13
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Wink Something besides autocross exists???

I've been known to miss important events occasionally, what is this NW Nationals? What do thay do there, is that where all the Stock WRXs go?

Bad luck there are only so many decent weekends here in the upper left corner of the map. Can't always doo everything we want, gotta make a choice sometimes.
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Old 06-18-2002, 05:49 PM   #14
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I forget the name of the gentleman who organized this, but he e-mailed a month or so ago. I had indicated that most of the WRXs will no longer be stock legal, and that it might be a good idea to look at SM or STX as a class to support too.

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Old 06-18-2002, 09:10 PM   #15
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I've been known to miss important events occasionally, what is this NW Nationals? What do thay do there, is that where all the Stock WRXs go?
July 26-28 is the dates for the 15th Annual Lucas Oil NHRA Northwest Nationals. This is a Professional Drag Racing event. There will probably be very few WRX's in attendance. In fact the little subies will probably be tucked away safe at home while there owners drive there commuter jalopies to PIR in Kent to enjoy some 3000hp, sub 5 second, 1/4 mile runs.
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Old 06-19-2002, 02:05 AM   #16
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Actually no, I don't think many subaru people are into drag racing.
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Old 06-19-2002, 03:15 AM   #17
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Thumbs down Stereotypes

That is an opinion and I probably would have agreed until Subaru released a hot performance vehicle (WRX) in the states. A lot of consumers who would had never thought of looking to Subaru for a real performance vehicle are now driving an all wheel drive 2.0L turbo. That is a fact, not an opinion.

In a very small field of Stock WRX's one less makes a difference.
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Hi, my name is Austin. I'm a subaru owner and I'm not into drag racing.
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Hi, my name is Austin. I'm a subaru owner and I'm not into drag racing.
Hi Austin! (12step humor for all the young ones)


I pulled off the intake and BOV last weekend (oddly enough, got a CEL going back to stock), now I just have to lose the Kartboy and I can enter. Does anyone know if Samco intercooler hoses bump you out of stock?


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Does anyone know if Samco intercooler hoses bump you out of stock?
Yup, they sure do.
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I diddn't mean it as a bad thing. Whatever floats you boat. I like road racing and autocrossing and don't really care for rallying. Some people like rallying and don't like road racing.

And Ferg, you can swing those samco hoses by me! $50!

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Anyone other than Kimball signed up? Ferg? They may cancel the challenge because of lack of attendance. There are only 2 people signed up and there is only 1 WRX.

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Anyone other than Kimball signed up? Ferg? They may cancel the challenge because of lack of attendance. There are only 2 people signed up and there is only 1 WRX. p@
I'm signing up today or tomorrow. If there's only two WRX's, I might actually stand a chance. Of course I need to get those Kuhmos mounted this week. Not sure if I'm ready to leave the relative safety of novice class yet. At least Pat and Austin are in SM....

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At least Pat and Austin are in SM....
P@'s one of those IB punks...
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P@'s one of those IB punks...
IB punk? My n00b brain isn't awake enough to get that one Austin. Is Pat running Improved B now? I thought he was Street Modified since he has a MBC?

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