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Los Angeles –Eighteen teams competed in the third rally of the California Rally Series (CRS) season, the Idaho Rally, on June 18-19. The rally was divided into two separate CRS points events, one on Saturday and the other on Sunday. The smooth, flowing roads contributed to a low attrition rate, with only two teams withdrawing on Saturday, and just one team failing to finish on Sunday. More smooth gravel roads await the twenty-three teams entered in this weekend’s North Nevada Rally, which is based in Fernley, NV on July 8-9. North Nevada is also broken up into two CRS points events, one on Friday evening and the second on Saturday afternoon.
In the open four wheel drive class, Jon Burke scored maximum points on both days at Idaho, despite barely making it to the end of the event with a blown turbo in his Subaru WRX. The finish propelled him to the top of the CRS leader board after engine problems forced him to sit out the first two rallies this year. He carries a two hundred point lead coming into North Nevada this weekend, where he will be facing stiff competition from several competitors including Idaho Rally organizers Dick Rockrohr and Marie Deangelis, also competing in a Subaru WRX.
Kris-Jon Lyssand and Joshua Rodriguez had a strong finish in the production-based four wheel drive CRS-GT class at Idaho, moving them up to second place in the class after their first event of the season. They had a close battle with Alex Rademacher who lost six minutes on Saturday while stuck in a ditch after going off the road on stage. Rademacher came back on Sunday and bested Lyssand and Rodriguez to take the win and moving into third place in the class championship. Both teams will be at North Nevada in their Subaru Imprezas to continue battling each other as well as current class leader Katianna Pihakari, competing in her Subaru WRX with her third co-driver this season, CRS veteran Sean Gallagher.
CRS-2, the small-displacement two-wheel drive open class, is normally one of the most populated, but was oddly undersubscribed at Idaho, with no CRS members competing. This is definitely not a trend, as several teams are scheduled to compete in North Nevada, including three of the top four teams in the championship. The team currently sitting in the top position, Javier Olivares and Brock Heinz will be there to defend their lead in their Mitsubishi Galant. Chuck Wilson and Brent Ellzey are sitting in second place in the champiionship and will pushing hard in their Ford Escort to overcome the points gap this weekend. George Doganis and Tom Smith are currently sitting fourth in class points, but are quick enough to be challenging the four wheel drive teams for an overall podium spot in their fast and reliable Honda Civic. Expect a tight battle between Doganis and Smith and the father and son team of Tim and Dick Moser in their VW Golf. North Nevada will be the first event of the season for the Mosers, and they will be looking to score maximum points.
Jen Imai and Terry Stonecipher captured maximum points in the production-based two-wheel drive Performance Stock class at Idaho, despite their Suzuki Swift giving them numerous problems. The finish moved them into the class lead over John Black, who opted to compete on a motorcycle instead of his rally car at Idaho. Imai and Stonecipher will be looking to extend their class lead at North Nevada, where they will face competition from father and son competitors Jim and Michael Robison in their Volvo 142 who are currently fourth in class.
The 2011 North Nevada Rally features 120 miles of smooth gravel stage with challenging switchbacks. The Friday stages southwest of Lovelock, NV start before sundown, and then competitors run them in reverse direction after dark. Saturday the competitors return to the well-known stages near Gerlach, featuring sandy washes, big jumps and tight, tricky turns. For more information on the North Nevada Rally, visit http://www.northnevadarally.com.
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The Great Basin Rally Group LLC proudly announces the 2011 North Nevada Rally, July 8-9th. Based in Lovelock, NV, this year’s rally will feature 120 stage miles of smooth and twisty Nevada desert roads. With a compact two-day schedule, competitors will recce Friday, race 40 night stages Friday evening, and then race all day Saturday, finishing near Gerlach, NV, with the awards ceremony later that evening.
NNR is sanctioned by RallyCar/RallyAmerica and part of California Rally Series, SouthWest Rally Cup Series, Bilstein Cup Class, and the newly created Joshua A. Norton Rally Championship. There will be ~$1,000 in prizes given out courtesy of Lucas Oil!
Competitors are expected from the Pacific North West, Northern and Southern California, Idaho and Arizona for some exceptional grassroots rally competition.
Organizers are still recruiting volunteers for all positions, so this is your chance to come out and support one of the few rallies available in the Northern Nevada/California region. Volunteers (and competitors) can register online at www.RallyData.com.
From the desk of Dick Rochrohr, Director of the Idaho Rally Group:
Next up in the 2011 CRS Rally calendar is the Idaho Rally scheduled to take place in Boise County, Idaho on June 18th and 19th. The rally will be held on Saturday and Sunday with optional Recce Friday. In addition to being a CRS points event, Idaho is the first event in the west for the United States Rally Championship (USRC).
Saturday will be a coefficient 3 event with approximately 67 stage miles and 80 transit miles. Sunday will be a coefficient 2 event with approximately 44 stage miles and 65 transit miles. The Idaho Rally is unique in that it welcomes all sorts of vehicles; ATV, UTV, and Motorcycles will be allowed to trailer the 25 miles from the host hotel in Boise to the stages each day. The organizers have set up a very compact rally with service in the town of Placerville both days. The stages will be run no more than twice each direction and will be on county maintained roads with a decomposed granite service with only light gravel. The roads should be smooth with good traction, speed averages historically are between 40-54 mph for the cars. Dick Rochrohr, the Director of the Idaho Rally Groups states, "We are trying hard to put on an affordable Rally laid out how we would like a rally to be laid out. The club has members with over 40 years of racing and promoting experience. We hope you come and enjoy the rally."
The 2011 Idaho Rally is promoted by the Idaho Rally Group and sanctioned by NASA Rallysport. The rally will be awarding CRS, PNWR, and out of region Rally America (RA) points and will accept both NASA and RA completion licenses.
Don't miss out on what guarantees to be another historical Idaho Rally!
Press Release Written By Kris and Christine Marciniak
The High Desert Trails Rally will be in less then two weeks on Saturday, April 9th, 2011 based in Ridgecrest, California. California Rally Series competitors asked what they wanted and HDT answered this year with great new roads, a single day event, and organizer supplied stage notes. The big twist this year is there will be no familiarization lap or reconnaissance, so every driver will be seeing these roads at speed for the first time. A blind rally is a true test of team ability.
Teams immediately stepped up to that challenge by taking the twenty reserved car spots, and when RallyMoto entries failed to appear, the organizers moved swiftly to reallocate those spots, maxing the event at thirty cars. Notable entries for this years rally include: Top drivers, Doug Chernis and George Plsek, who will each be piloting AWD turbo monsters, but Bill Holmes will also be pushing for the overall win in his powerful RWD Ford F-150 - having won this event in the past. In CRS-2, last years winner, Gaylord Van Brocklin, (pictured) will be defending against the very consistent George Doganis. Don’t be surprised to see any of these drivers on the podium.
Rally-Tire.com will once again be helping us with gear for the event and have offered their national contingency to our regional event! What does this mean for our competitors? Run a Rally-Tire.com sticker set and be eligible for a $250 gift certificate raffle in 2WD and 4WD. That’s two $250 gift certificates (1 raffle for 4wd, 1 raffle for 2wd) as contingency winnings for cars displaying rally-tire.com decals on both front fenders.
The Prescott Rally is offering a raffle prize for a ½ priced entry to the 2011 Prescott Rally! The ½ price will be calculated when the Prescott Rally entry is paid and the winner must be present at the High Desert Trails awards to win. Prize will be drawn from drivers who started the 2011 High Desert Trails Rally.
The route will take competitors up twisty switchbacks and over ridgelines of hard-packed, wide, dirt roads. This is followed by a fast flowing route that rises up out of a valley and descends sharply onto a short section of tarmac. Over sixty miles of stages with a one hour service stop should make a great day of rallying!
Kristopher & Christine Marciniak
Los Angeles – The High Desert Trails Rally marked the second event of the California Rally Series (CRS) Championship calendar took place this past Saturday April 9th. The rally moved to new roads outside of Ridgecrest, CA which were hard packed dirt with short sections of tarmac.
The fast desert roads seemed to be custom made for Bill Holmes and Sean Gallagher in their Ford F-150. The team won every stage of the event on their way to the overall and CRS-5 class win. Runners up in CRS-5 were Jack Szanto and Jack Penley in their Dodge Neon SRT-4, who traded stage times with Brian Hamblin and Ray Hocker in their turbocharged Volvo 240. However, a high speed spin and stall late in the rally caused the Volvo team to fall down the leader board.
The competition amongst the top teams in the CRS-2 class can only be described as epic. Three extremely talented drivers were within seconds of each other throughout the event, and the leader board seemed to change with every stage. At the end of the day, Michel Hoche-Mong and Marie Boyd secured the top spot in their VW Golf (and second place overall), ahead of George Doganis and Tom Smith in a Honda Civic (who finished third overall). 2010 rookies of the year Gaylord Van Brocklin and Steve Secviar were on maximum attack from start to finish (and then some). They crossed the flying finish of the last stage fast enough to take first place, but perhaps too fast to negotiate the next corner. Immediately after the finish they lost control of their VW Golf going over a crest and went off in spectacular fashion, cartwheeling down the hill in full view of the finish control workers. The team emerged unscathed, but would end up officially scored as a “Did Not Finish” as they were unable to complete the final transit. Sliding into third place in CRS-2 were Eddie Fiorelli and Brent Ellzey in the rally debut of their VW Golf.
Hakan Okcuoglu took first place in Open 4WD (and fourth place overall) in his Mitsubishi Eclipse. Mitsubishi seemed to be the manufacturer of choice in this class, with Vartan Samuelian and Lawrence Babahekian scoring second place points in a Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution.
CRS-GT, the production-based four wheel drive class, was won by Paul Willemsen and Travis Bos in their Subaru Impreza WRX. The event marked Paul’s return to rally after a several year hiatus. He proved he did not lose much speed during the break as he finished over two minutes ahead of 2010 CRS-GT champions Kevin Welker and Nolan Sambrano in their Subaru Impreza.
Performance-Stock was also won by a driver coming off a multi-year hiatus. Tony Chavez and Raquel Salas drove their VW Golf to a P-Stock victory in a close battle with John Black and Lori Stone in their Ford Ranger. The second place finish is enough for Black/Stone to maintain their lead in the championship thanks to a strong finish at Desert Storm.
The High Desert Trails Rally was first run in 1973 on roads to the southeast and west of Ridgecrest, CA. After running for the past two years at a motorsports facility on the edge of town, the rally moved to some never before run roads for 2011. For more information on the High Desert Trails Rally, visit http://highdeserttrails.com.
The California Rally Series is the premier performance rally championship in the southwestern United States. The Series incorporates events from various sanctioning bodies in order to create a meaningful regional championship for its members. The Series celebrates more than 35 continuous years of performance rally, making it the longest running rally series in the United States. To learn more about the California Rally Series visit www.californiarallyseries.com and follow @crspress on twitter.
Desert Storm 2011 is in the record books with Will Hudson taking first, Chuck Wilson in second, and John Black in third. Look here for a CRS press release soon!