Wednesday, June 6, 2012

QS Motorsports suffers mishaps at STPR 2012

Last weekend the gravel roads of Pennsylvania hosted the 4th round of the Rally America National Championship at the Waste Management Susquehannock Trail Performance Rally® on June 1-2, 2012.

Over the course of the weekend, Wellsboro, Pa., became the capital of U.S. rallying with a large 65-car entry list tackling as many as 16 special stages totaling over 92 miles.

Malaszuk/Pelc take the small jump on the
Waste Management stage. / Lori Lass
The event is the oldest and one of the most prestigious rallies in America and it attracted QS Motorsports' Peter Malaszuk and Adam Pelc to race their Subaru Impreza WRX STI. Unfortunately, the Wellsboro-based event was not successful for driver Malaszuk, of Fairfield, Conn., who was forced to retire due to mechanical failure.

"We had a turbocharger problems right from the beginning," Malaszuk explained. "The failure appeared during our tests. Unfortunately, even after replacing the turbo the boost was not enough, but I decided to try and compete."

With Adam Pelc co-driving, it was the team's second rally this season. They contested Rally New York earlier this year, but after starting fourth on stage, the team suffered suspension damage and retired from the race. Both Malaszuk and Pelc looked forward to returning to competition at STPR® for a better result.

The car was carefully prepared at New Jersey's Broken Motorsport facilities then delivered to the team for STPR. For the Polish crew, using DMACK Tyres for the first time, being on the finish line was a priority. Unfortunately the goal was not achieved.

"At the first special stage we had a driveshaft failure and the car lost front-wheel-drive," Malaszuk said. "The car also started loosing power during the next few stages.

On Day 2, the team continued, only wanting to finish the rally. However, near the end, the car had lost boost with two long stages left to complete.

"We had no choice, but to retire. At the moment I’m very disappointed," Malaszuk said. "But I do not give up and look forward to the next rally."