Thursday, June 14, 2012

RTK finish 1st and 3rd at STPR® regional events

The husband and wife rally team of Samir and Rachelle Kaltak finished strong at the STPR® regional events on June 1-2. The Sherwood Forest and Finger Lakes Regional rallies, which run in conjunction with the Waste Management Susquehannock Trail Performance Rally®, presented by Citizens & Northern Bank's national event, had 40 entries, nine running in the Open Light category.

Navigating the sharp turn at the Colton Point
Spectator area on Day 2 / Lori Lass
“In talking to the other driver’s who had raced at STPR in the past, and hearing their descriptions of the brutal conditions on the Waste Management course, stages 1 and 3, we were simply looking to get through the day and finish out Friday, hoping to move onto Saturday’s stages, in the hopes of pushing ourselves a bit more”, Samir Kaltak said.

“After Friday’s results were posted, we were pleased to discover that we’d put down decent times on the Waste Management stages earlier in the day. We finished Friday, 4th in class. The three cars leading Open Light were all within 20 seconds of each other, we were trailing the third place car by slightly over 2 minutes. The car in fifth place, was approximately another 2 minutes behind us”, Rachelle Kaltak said.

The first stage on Saturday, claimed the number 35 car of Mark Piatkowski and Robert Maciejski, who lost their engine, moving the RTK car into third place, where they finished the Sherwood Forest Regional event.

Saturday afternoon began the Finger Lakes Regional Rally.

“We continued our strategy of maintaining our position behind the two lead cars of Justin Pritchard/Ryan Scott (#550) and Jon Kramer/Jared Lantzy (#777) and ahead of the remainder of the Open Light group," Samir Kaltak said. "We knew we weren’t fast enough to catch the #550 and #777 cars, but we felt that if we could hold off the remainder of the other Open Light cars we could hopefully podium, in third place."

Unfortunately, Pritchard and Scott (#550) rolled their car on stage 9, moving Kaltak’s #636 car into second place, in class. Then on stage 13, Kramer and Lantzy (#777) also rolled their car, bumping Samir and Rachelle into first place in Open Light.

Rally Team Kaltak (RTK) finished the weekend 3rd in class and 12th overall at the Sherwood Forest Regional and 1st in class and 9th overall at the Finger Lakes Regional. Additionally they’re currently leading the Open Light Academy, which debuted at STPR. Samir and Rachelle are looking forward to their next race at the Lake Superior Performance Rally, in Houghton, MI in October (www.lsprorally.com/)

RTK is based in Cedar Springs Mich., and competes in Rally America’s Central Regional Series. Their competition rally car is a 1997 Subaru Brighton, powered by a naturally aspirated 2.2L engine. RTK is proudly sponsored by PF3 Paint Supply, Finishline Auto Body, Exedy Racing Clutch, All Wheels Driven, and GoPro. For more information about Rally Team Kaltak, please visit www.facebook.com/RTK636

SubaRoots Rally Racing is based in Elk Rapids, Mich., and was founded by the late Matt Marker. Several regional rally competitors throughout the U.S. currently compete under SubaRoots with the goal of promoting rally car racing and getting more individuals involved in the sport of rally. If you would like to know more about rally car racing and how you can get involved please visit www.subaroots.com.