Snowmoose Motorsports Makes ProRally Debut 18 Aug 2002 Bemidji, MN - Snowmoose Motorsports' Alan Perry debut in SCCA ProRally started off well, but ended up continuing his run of not finishing events. He ran in the Objibwe Forests ProRally, ...
Snowmoose Motorsports Makes ProRally Debut 18 Aug 2002
Bemidji, MN - Snowmoose Motorsports' Alan Perry debut in SCCA ProRally started off well, but ended up continuing his run of not finishing events. He ran in the Objibwe Forests ProRally, co-driving for Roland McIvor in a Production GT class Mitsubishi Eclipse. Objibwe Forests is the eighth round of the SCCA ProRally championship. It is held over two days and 16 special stages in northern Minnesota.
There were five cars competing in PGT class and, after four stages, McIvor/Perry were in second place in class behind Bob Henderson/John McArthur in a Subaru WRX. The car seemed to be running well and the team saw very little excitement on the road. During the first service, the only work that needed to be done to the car was add fuel.
Rain started falling off and on during service with the night sky frequently lit by lightning. After the fifth stage, the rain became a downpour, causing difficulty seeing the road ahead during the transit. At the start of stage six, the rain had almost stopped. McIvor/Perry proceeded out into the stage. And, in an instant, their rally was over.
"We went into a hairpin OK and saw a warning triangle near the apex. We couldn't see where the car was off and Roland wanted to give him as much room as possible. Unfortunately, he gave too much," Perry explained. "We lost it in the soft mud on the outside of the turn. The car slid off sideways down the bank and into a pond. A culvert stopped us from going all of the way into the water. I really want to thank the guys who pulled out. The car was down there pretty far and they managed to pull it out.
"It is too bad because we were in a solid second place and the car was working so well."
The team intended to enter the ClubRally on the second day (as is typical practice for many ProRally teams that DNF the first day), however, because of a decision intended to help ClubRally entrants in the local region, their entry was not allowed.
Alan Perry will be back in his normal co-driver seat with Ross Foster at the ClubRallys supporting the Wild West International Rally in September.