Creek & Nanaimo. - The exciting
sport of Performance Rallying returns to
the BC motorsports calendar this summer.
No less than three closed-access, high-speed
road rallies are being planned: The Mountain
Trials Rally - June 24th in Cache Creek, Edge
of the Rock Rally - July 15th in Nanaimo
and Pacific Forest
Rally - September 23 in Cache Creek..Teams
from across BC, Alberta and the Pacific Northwest
will be headed to these events sanctioned
by Rally Pacific Motorsports, the BC region
of the Canadian Association of Rallysport
and part of the Western Canada Rally Championship.
Trials Rally has been held in BC's
southern interior off and on since 1960.
During the 1970's and 80's this event became
famous as part of the Canadian National Rally
Championship. Revived once again for 2000,
the Mountain Trials Rally will feature challenging
roads around the Cache Creek area
to test the abilities of the rally teams
and their vehicles.
Since 1997 The Edge
of the Rock Rally has developed a
well-deserved reputation for excellence.
Each year competitors from around the Western
Canada and the Pacific Northwest have headed
to Nanaimo on Vancouver Island to experience
the roads and enjoy the superb organization
of this event. This year competitors and
spectators will see some new roads in the Nanaimo
Lakes area and the same exciting, high
caliber event they've come to expect.
Forest Rally is another 70's/80's
National Performance Rally with a long
BC tradition. It has been revived for
2000 and will also take place around
Cache Creek expanding on the roads used
in the Mountain Trials Rally.
Over the past few years
Performance Rallying has experienced strong
growth in Canada. National level rallies
attract thousands of spectators and are televised
regularly. Unlike conventional racing, rallies
are held primarily on forest access roads.
Conditions on these roads can dictate speeds
from well over 200 km/h to as low as 30 km/h.
Also, unlike racing, the route remains unknown
to the driver until it is read at speed by
the co-driver (navigator). At every moment,
the car, driver and co-driver must be ready
for whatever may be around the next curve!
Performance Rally format consists of two parts:
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 between Stages, in which teams
must obey all traffic laws. Plenty of time
is given to allow teams to arrive at the start
of the next Special Stage without speeding,
and penalties are assessed for arriving too
early or too late. The accumulation of times
from the Special Stages and any Transit Section
penalties make up the final scores and help
to determine the winner.
If you would like to
find out more about rallying contact the
BC Rally Director, Paul Westwick, at 604.682.3296 <email@example.com> or
check out the BC Region website at www.rallybc.com
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