Crazee Espresso Doo Wop ProRally Press notes Page 5 39.) The cause of Choiniere's problems is the same as one of the problems he experienced in the final event last year: A thrown water-pump belt. The crew made repairs during the service halt.
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39.) The cause of Choiniere's problems is the same as one of the problems he experienced in the final event last year: A thrown water-pump belt. The crew made repairs during the service halt. When asked if they were "back in it," team manager John Buffum replied simply, "For the moment." 40.) At the end of service, the 240-Z's hood has magically reappeared. Miraculously, so have its missing gears. 41.) The Jeff Call/Brent Dille Golf that rolled on Stage 5 has withdrawn from today's event due to a cracked radiator. The car will be back tomorrow. 42.) Gaill Truess and Pattie Hughes called in from the car after completing the event's final stage. They were in high spirits and wanted everyone to know that "All is well with Team Tango." Truess said that she had faced a bit of a learning curve, as she hadn't been on Northwest roads in 11 years, but felt that things were going well. She reported that the gravel was so bad on Stage 3 (the rally's fastest) that it backed the bonjo bolt out of one of the rear brake calipers. So they suddenly went from poor brakes to no brakes. But the crew made repairs and they signed off with "Life is good." 43.) Paul Choiniere finished Stage 6 but came into service on only about two cylinders. The crew reported that the engine was leaking a lot of oil, but replacing a freeze plug cured the problem. In addition, when they did a compression check they found two smashed spark plugs, as well as only 40 lbs of compression in the number-two cylinder. They immediately began tearing the engine down to make repairs. Choiniere expects to start tomorrow. 44.) Pete Lahm called in and reported that he and Matt Chester were going well in their Open Class Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IV, as he learned how the supercar behaved on gravel. He reported taking off his left-side mirror on the same branch that ate Rick Davis' (BMW 318ti) at the end of Stage 6. Lahm reports that the car is running strongly and smoothly, but that he experienced brake problems early on. A change of pads helped the situation. 45.) Results arranged by overall position will not be available tonight. However, here are the final times for each car -- counting any penalties -- in hours, minutes and seconds. Choiniere/Becker 50:04; Brasil/Tevares 45:57; O'Sullivan/O'Sullivan 46:13; Jardevall/Elkin 46:49; Lane/Huhn 47:40; Walker/Walker 1:27.48; Lahm/Chester 49:01; Damitio/Trowbridge 48:55; Davis/Greisler 48:53; Kosmides/Noyes 49:06; Truess/Hughes 49:32; Reaves/Reaves DNF; Light/Watts 50:40; Malik/Edstrom 50:48; Beson/Bradley 53:03; Hintz/Chase 50:21; Shadbolt/Chizma 52:19; continued on next page