Saturday, June 2, 2012

Saturday Press Notes (afternoon)


Waste Management Susquehannock Trail Performance Rally Press Notes
Saturday, June 2, 2012

  • At the end of Stage 8, overall standings are L'Estage 45:59.8, Erlichlich +8.8, O'Sullivan +1:42.5, Lageman +1:54.3, Higgins +2:15.4.  Top 2WD are Orders 50:01.1, Duplessis +32.6, Greenhouse +1:29.3.
  • Will Orders of the Australian Summit team suffered a penalty, leaving him just over a half a minute ahead of Duplessis.
  • Andrew Comrie-Picard and the SPARCO Rally Scion xD are out of the race after dislodging their rear axle yesterday evening.
  • Stage 11 was transited to the second service due to unauthorized spectators presont on the course.
  • Samuel Albert and co-driver George Loef was on Stage 7 were leading the Sherwood forest Regional when their 2004 Subaru Impreza crashed.  On a sweeping left turn, the rear wheel went off and the right quarter panel clipped a tree.  The car spun down a small embankment, striking another tree.  There is no suspension damage and crews are working to repair the car to run the Super Special Stage this evening.  Albert and Loef are uninjured.
  • "We were comfortably in the lead in the regional and expecting to gain time," Loef said, "it was just bad luck."
  • A large gathering of fans came to this morning's Parc Expose at The Green in Wellsboro.  The cars were displayed around the perimeter of the square.  Some of the teams signed autographs and had their photos taken with adorning young fans while others did last-minute work on their cars.  
  • Antoine L'Estage was assessed a penalty yesterday for arriving early to service.  His co-driver, Nathalie Richard said, "We were fastest on the stages but the penalty drops into second."
  • L'Estage's crew worked through the night repairing yesterday's overheating issue.  "Thanks to them," he said, "now, it's my turn."
  • This year if Loenid "Crazy Leo" Urlichich's co-driver Carl Williamson's debut at STPR.  
  • Starting third, Ramana Lagemann was confidant and said, "We're right where we want to be.  So far, Everything's going to plan."
  • Starting fifth from The Green, Lauchlin O'Sullivan had a tough year in 2011 but he's glad to be back at STPR.  "We love the stages.  Love the roads," he said.  "We have a new engine.  It's tuned for horsepower instead of torque so turns lose time but now it's fantastic.  Thanks to Doug Nagy at Streetwise."
  • During last nights Super Special Stage, Siddharth Sareen rolled his 2011 Production Class ford Fiesta after hitting berm.  "I didn't have a chance to walk the course," he said, "I strongly recommend that everyone recce the stage."
  • Billy Mann also rolled his 1996 Honda Civic during the Super Special Stage but missed the early stages while locating a fresh windshield to be installed ad the first service.  "We just got here in time to try to start the second rally," his co-driver, Mary Warren, said.  "Hopefully it will be worth it."
  • On the very popular rally forum, SpecialStage.com, driver Simon Wright started a dialogue about the importance and value of the rally volunteers.  To help subsidize volunteer fees at the awards banquet, he encouraged competitors to donate funds towards the volunteers' costs.  "We don't the volunteers for granted," he said, "they help keep us and the spectators safe."  A collection jar was present at the driver registration booth where $750 was collected, $350 from teal O'Neil, allowing volunteer workers to eat for free tonight.
  • Chris Greenhouse is very happy starting third in the 2WD class as his new car is running above his expectations.  The 2003 Dodge Neon SRT4 was formerly owned by Dan Jankowski and driven by Doug Shepard.  "It's the car Doug and I won 2010 Rally Tennessee and the championship the year before," said Karen Jankowski, Shepard's then co-driver.  Karen Jankowski currently co-drives for David Sterckx in a 2011 Subaru STi.