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Mountain Trials Rally
June 18, 2005
Merritt, BC, Canada
|Round 3 of the 2005 Western Canadian
Rally Championship (WCRC)
|Rallying returns to the hills
of Merritt this weekend at the Specialty Subaru
Mountain Trials Rally, round three of the 2005 Western
Canadian Rally Championship (WCRC). Performance
rally cars from around Western Canada and the Northwest
United States will be racing on a tight, challenging
gravel road course in the heart of BC's interior.
|This event is sanctioned by
the Canadian Association of Rallysport (CARS), and
is part of the WCRC, and the Cascade Cup for 2wd
cars in the Pacific Northwest Region.
|When & where:
|June 18, 2005, Merritt, BC.
|Friday, June 17, 2005 - 16:00-22:00
Best Western Nicola Inn
4025 Walters St
www.nicolainn.com Ph: 604-808-0536
|Saturday, June 18, 2005 - 10:30-11:30
(mobile at other times)
Active Mountain Spectator Stages
Midday Valley Rd.
Phone: 1-800-663-2830, or 250-378-4253.
|Friday June 17th
16:00-22:00 Registration (Best Western Nicola Inn)
|Saturday June 18th
06:30-07:30 Late Registration (Best Western Nicola
07:30-09:30 Scrutineering & Technical Inspection
10:30-11:30 Parc Exposé (cars on display
at Active Mountain)
11:00-11:30 Mandatory meeting for all seed 5 &
11:30-12:00 Drivers' meeting & introduction
12:00 Start of First Leg (Active Mountain course)
20:00 Rally Finish & Podium
21:00 Dinner and Awards (Middlesboro Pub)
Events in the WCRC consist of flat-out rally racing
on challenging mountain and forest roads. No practice
is allowed. Unlike circuit racing, competitors
generally see the course for the first time as
they race it. At every moment the driver and co-driver
must be ready for what may be around the next
|Performance rallies consist
of roads designated as "special stages"
and "transit sections". Special stages
are run flat-out against the clock and are closed
to public traffic. Transit sections are the routes
linking together the special stages in which teams
must obey all traffic laws.
|Performance rally vehicles
are production-based cars and trucks from manufacturers
around the world. They compete both for the overall
victory and wins within a class structure that groups
together vehicles with similar performance. Each
vehicle carries a driver and a co-driver / navigator.
Using a detailed route book and a sophisticated
rally computer, the co-driver keeps the team on-course
and advises the driver of any hazards noted in the
route book. This role is as critical as the driver's
skill, since the team is traveling at full racing
speeds over roads they have never seen before.
- Current 2005 WCRC leader, and Vancouver native,
Scott Trinder in his Open Class all-wheel drive
turbocharged Subaru WRX, with Bill Westhead co-driving.
Trinder is a seasoned competitor and has been rallying
for many years, yet he appeared to struggle during
recent outings in his newest vehicle: a right-hand
drive Subaru WRX-RA rally special edition. However,
any doubts about Trinder's ability to find some
speed in his new car were put to rest two weeks
ago when he and Westhead won the second
round of the WCRC, winning every stage in the process.
|- 2004 Mountain Trials rally
third place finisher, and Washington native, Gary
Cavett in his Open Class Subaru Impreza Turbo. Last
year Cavett maintained a brisk pace and successfully
fended off challenges from series regulars to earn
a well-deserved podium finish.
|- A trio of late entries from
Washington includes a "who's who" of local
speed merchants: Erik Lyden will be driving his
very trick Subaru Legacy, with Jay Socha of California
co-driving; Nat Stow, another past Mountain Trials
rally competitor, will bring his front-wheel drive
Mazda 323, with Canuck Ben Bradley of Oregon co-driving;
and Cascade Autosport principle Peter Van Bogart
is bringing his Mitsubishi EVO VII RS with Alan
|- Also slated to appear at
this year's Mountain Trails Rally is Western Canada's
youngest competitor, and Deep Cove native, Chad
Manley, with Warwick Patterson co-driving, in a
two-wheel drive Volkswagen Golf. Manley moved up
to this car last year, having spent 2003 thrashing
an older rear-wheel drive Toyota Celica. After a
series of early disappointments, Manley finished
tenth overall here at the Mountain Trials Rally.
|Of additional interest:
- Thanks to additional support and participation
from Active Mountain Resorts, the developers for
the raceway and resort project in Merritt, the 2005
Mountain Trials event will feature a challenging
spectator stage right near town. Details on the
raceway and resort project can be found at www.amraceway.ca
|- As the third round of six
in the 2005 WCRC, teams will arrive in Merritt having
hit their stride in the race for the championship.
Fans can expect to see a heated battle for overall
honours as valuable points are at stake.
|- New to the rally this year
is the inclusion of the Cascade Cup Championship
for two-wheel drive vehicles. This grass roots competition
features entrants from around Alberta, BC, Washington
and Oregon in their front and rear wheel drive machines.
Close racing action and a wilder "drifting"
style of driving are just some of the features in
|- PIAA Corporation has also
come on board as a supporter of this year's event.
PIAA is a global manufacturer of halogen lamp and
lighting systems. Their professional quality lights
are commonly used on performance rally cars, creating
a natural fit with the event.
|- Growing interest in BC rallies
has been demonstrated by the number of outsiders
making the trip to Merritt. Competitors and volunteers
from Alberta, Manitoba and the US help round out
a healthy group of local participants. The community
of Merritt has also responded to this interest by
extending a warm welcome to these visitors.
|2005 Western Canadian
Performance Rally Championship:
||Regional Rally Winners
||Norm LeBlanc/Keith Morison
||Scott Trinder/Bill Westhead
|| Mountain Trials
||Bragg Creek, AB
Paul Westwick - Organizer
Pre-event: (604) 682-3296; e-mail: email@example.com
At event: (604) 617-4132
|Ken Kwong, Event Spokesperson
(604) 808-0536; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Will be available at registration, OR
can be downloaded here (PDF file):
Canadian Association of Rallysport http://184.108.40.206/CARSRally
West Coast Rally Association http://www.rallybc.com
Cascade Cup http://www.cascadeautosport.com/cascadecup
Merritt Chamber of Commerce http://merritt-chamber.bc.ca/index2.html
|2005 BC Rally Supporters:
Specialty Subaru http://www.specialty.subarudealer.ca
Rocket Rally http://www.rocketrally.com
Driver's Edge Autosport http://www.driversedgeautosport.com
Helius Rally Odometers http://www.heliusdesigns.com
Wilkinson's Automobilia http://www.eautomobilia.com
Western Driver http://www.westerndriver.com
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