Jon Nichols Tall Pines Rally preview

Nichols goes for a fifth championship Lachine, November 18, 2004 -- Jon Nichols will try this weekend to clinch his fifth championship in the 2-wheel-drive class, as he enters the Tall Pines Rally, the last round of the Canadian Rally ...

Nichols goes for a fifth championship

Lachine, November 18, 2004 -- Jon Nichols will try this weekend to clinch his fifth championship in the 2-wheel-drive class, as he enters the Tall Pines Rally, the last round of the Canadian Rally Championship. Nichols is leading the class by a meager 3 points ahead of his eternal rival, Gord Olsen, from Alberta. Furthermore, Nichols will try to finish second in the overall championship, behind champion Pat Richard. It would be his best season ever. Nichols and co-driver Carl Shenk will again share the Golf RMR.

"Tall Pines hasn't been very good for me in the last years", says the man who is known as E.T., because of his driving skills. "We had to retire on mechanical failures, a few times, when we were doing well. This year, we have two goals: to finish second in the overall championship, in front of a lot of four-wheel-drives, and to win our two-wheel-drive class."

Lying low

Jon Nichols has already chosen his strategy before entering this final round. "There will be six or seven teams vying for the win. To move up amongst them and reach the podium, some will have to break down or run off the road. So we will focus on the two-wheel-drive class and try to keep Gord (Olsen) behind us. In the last few stages, we'll re-assess our chances for the podium. In any way, the Tall Pines trails are always unpredictable: There could be snow or ice in some stages, while others are on dry dirt. We have pace notes, but we don't know what the roads are like. We'll have to be very careful in choosing our Yokohama tires."

Sponsored by FCP Mags and Tires

FCP Mags and Tires sponsors Jon in the Canadian Rally Championship. Jon also receives support from RMR Autosport, Automotion Bodyshop, Bosch, Momo Canada, Technolift, Sticky Media, Yokohama and Foreign Car Parts.

-www.jonnichols.com

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