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Old 04-11-2006, 01:50 PM   #1
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Default PR - NC Rally Team Tears Up the Tarmac at Rally New York USA 2006!

The NC Rally Team fielded two successful entries for the all tarmac 2006 Rally New York USA, held in Monticello New York on April 7th and 8th. Team Driver Otis Dimiters, running his Group N. class 2002 Subaru Impreza WRX STI with co-driver Alan Ockwell, had transmission problems on Day 1, but utilized the Super Rally system to rejoin the rally on Day 2 to finish 11th overall. New driver Alex Kuhner entered his newly acquired Prototype 2 class 1993 Impreza 1.8L and called on veteran co-driver Peter Monin to show the way to a solid finish.

Dimiters was shaking down a freshly rebuilt motor after engine management problems took the car out of the first two rounds of the Rally America season. Autosport Engineering had sorted out the problems and the strong motor helped Dimiters set top 5 times for the first two stages in the rain before a small part in the transmission broke leaving them stranded on Stage 3. Spectators towed the car back to the teamís hotel for overnight repairs, and the pair planned to use the Super Rally system, taking time penalties for not finishing the two remaining stages of Day 1.

Alex Kuhner had just finished sorting out the new car with the help of the entire NC Rally team and an arsenal of borrowed parts, Rally New York would be his first Stage Rally and first experience with corner by corner notes. The main goal was to reach the finish line, so Kuhner and Monin started out at a medium pace to learn the car. Confidence went up on the second passes through Fridayís stages, but thick fog slowed progress on the second run through the longest stage of the day. The car handled well, but the little 1.8 liter motor made acceleration slow and emphasized conservation of momentum. The pair took the class win in the Eastern States Rally Championship event for Fridayís stages.

The NC Rally crew members worked deep into the night to fix Dimitersí transmission, but the Super Rally penalties had dropped them from 4th to 24th overall. The pair quickly set into working their way back up the leader board by setting top 5 times throughout the day. Dimiters reported that the car topped out at 117 miles per hour on the straights due to the gearing, and the Michelin tarmac rally tires provided plenty of grip.

Kuhner and Monin enjoyed the morningís stages, happy that the rain and fog had lifted, and started setting faster times, carrying more speed and braking later. Aggressive braking caused the system to overheat reducing the stopping power, but smart driving kept the pair out of the trees. Kuhnerís trust in the co-driver and the car grew, shaving time off the second runs through each stage. Even so, the sole remaining class competitor took advantage of his larger motor and kept the pair at a safe distance.

Dimiters and Ockwell finished the event in 11th overall, 2nd in class in the United States Rally Championship (USRC) event, and 3rd overall in Saturdayís Eastern States Rally Championship (ESRC). Kuhner and Monin finished Fridayís ESRC first in class, 15th overall, and Saturdayís event 2nd in class and 17th overall, which more than exceeded the goal of a simple clean finish to Kuhnerís first event.

NC Rally would like to give special thanks to: the organizers of Rally New York USA; NASA; North Coast Subaru of Glen Cove, NY; Vivian Levy, M.D.; Autosport Engineering; RalliSpec; Union Auto Body; and the all volunteer NC Rally service crew!

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Old 04-11-2006, 02:55 PM   #2
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Great results, well done!
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Old 04-11-2006, 06:42 PM   #3
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Nice!

Need some in car video

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Old 04-11-2006, 07:19 PM   #4
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Unfortunately I couldn't get video together, I was just too busy with other stuff. Otis has video, it will be up later this week I hope.

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Old 04-11-2006, 07:38 PM   #5
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Even so, the sole remaining class competitor took advantage of his larger motor and kept the pair at a safe distance.
Wow, I sound so evil!



Honestly, I'm just glad I finished too. Lots of learning in a short period of time. The driving was almost secondary.
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Old 04-16-2006, 08:34 AM   #6
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We now have pictures up here:
http://www.ncrally.com/index.php?pid=6071

and some in-car video from Otis here:
http://www.ncrally.com/index.php?&pid=509

There will be more videos later, but sadly none of me...
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