ProRally: Maine Forest Notes #7

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Maine Forest PRO Rally Round #6 - 1998 Michelin PRO Rally Championship Rumford, Maine Press Notes #7 - Sunday, August 2 - 8:00 AM

28. It came down to the last stage - a 15-miler - and Paul Choiniere/Jeff Becker had a scant 12-second lead in their Hyundai Tiburon over the David Summerbell/Michael Fennell Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IV. Whoever won the rally would move into first place in the points. Choiniere ran as hard as he could, and then waited at the finish for the Mitsubishi to appear. But, like last year's rally in Prescott, AZ, when he and Henry Joy had their battle, Choiniere was never able to compare times with Summerbell. The Jamaican team had a flat tire and went off the road, damaging the front suspension and unable to continue. Like Merrill, the Summerbell DNF was a costly one in the standings as Choiniere now takes the points lead with 58 points, with Merrill having 51 points and Summerbell 44 going into the next event in Minnesota the end of the month.

Noel Lawler/Charles Bradley Hyundai Elantra, lurking in the top five all day, finished second overall, four minutes behind his Libra Racing teammate. It is the first time that Hyundai has finished one-two without the driving help of team owner John Buffum. It is also the highest overall finish for Lawler, who was third at STPR in June.

Class winners:

--Bill Driegert/Tony Lumino Mitsubishi Galant (third overall - first in Production GT). --Chris Havas/Eric Trembley VW GTI (8th overall - first in Group 2). --Ralph Kosmides/Joe Noyes Toyota Supra (9th overall - first in Group 5). --Jay Kowalik/Scott Embree Honda Civic VTEC (16th overall - first in Production.

Many more details to come.

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Series SCCA
Drivers Paul Choiniere , Ralph Kosmides , Joe Noyes , John Buffum