CACHE CREEK, BC
- The team of Janusz Komorowski and Tomasz Karzynski,
of Calgary, Alberta, took top honours in the Mountain
Trials Rally, extending their lead in the Western
Canadian Rally Championship.
Komorowski, driving a Mazda 323GTX, finished
35 seconds ahead of Paul Westwick and Andrew Dobric,
of Vancouver, BC, with whom they traded fastest
stage times all day. Westwick was fastest in the
uphill sections, in his Toyota Celica AllTrac,
but Komorowski soared past on the downhill stages,
taking the lead on the second stage, and never
The teams were all challenged by the steep elevation
changes, with over 800 meters rise in one 7km
section alone. The course severly strained cooling
systems on the way up, and brakes on the way down.
This rally used forest access roads in the scenic
Arrowstone Hills, east of Cache Creek, and proved
very popular with both drivers and spectators
Fastest in the two wheel drive class was the
team of Peter Hill and Barry Gurnsey, of Calgary,
Alberta, driving a Toyota Corolla, just 33 seconds
ahead of Martin Wilson and Bill Westhead, of Vancouver,
BC, also in a Toyota Corolla. "The roads
were totally excellent," said Hill, "challenging
without being frightening."
This sort of event wouldn't be possible without
the support of its corporate sponsors, Nokian
Tyres, Specialty Subaru and Wilkinson's Automobilia.
All of the teams, officials, and out-of-town spectators
appreciated the warm welcome in Cache Creek, especially
from the Desert Motel and the Wander Inn.
"Awesome!" commented Bill Westhead, "Let's do
it again soon."
The championship now moves on to Nanaimo, BC
for the Edge of the
Rock Rally, July 15, before returning again
to Cache Creek on September 23, for the Pacific
Forest Rally. The season finale will be in
Calgary at the Kananaskis
Rally, November 19.