ProRally: Susquehannock Trail Wrapup

Choiniere Wins "Battle of North America;" Volkswagen New Beetle Wins Production in Only Second Event Wellsboro, Pennsylvania - Four events and four different winners; the streak that began with the first event of this year's ...

Choiniere Wins "Battle of North America;" Volkswagen New Beetle Wins Production in Only Second Event

Wellsboro, Pennsylvania - Four events and four different winners; the streak that began with the first event of this year's resurgent Michelin SCCA ProRally Championship is still going strong. Paul Choiniere and navigator Jeff Becker got their first win of the season in their factory-backed Hyundai Tiburon; and they did it in the face of strong competition that included the Canadian and Mexican national champions, as well as their own teammates. In addition, the Volkswagen New Beetle got its first-ever ProRally win in just its second outing. The unofficial "Battle of North America" featured teammates Choiniere/Becker and Noel Lawler/Charlie Bradley in factory Hyundai Tiburons, Canadian champions Frank and Daniel Sprongl, in an Audi quatro S2, plus Mexican champion Gabriel Marin-Ortiz and Mark Williams, in a Mitsubishi Lancer Evo V. Rim of the World winners Garen and Doc Shrader completed the Open Class powerhouse with their Lancer Evo IV. The rally took place through the day and night of June 5-6, in the lush mountains of north-central Pennsylvania surrounding the picturesque own of Wellsboro. More than 105 teams sought the 80 available starting spots. Those who made it were rewarded with a demanding and dusty rally, under clear skies, in high heat, on fast and deceptively slick roads. Attrition ran high, as accidents and mechanical difficulties relentlessly thinned the field. In the end, only 41 cars made it to the finish. The overall lead swapped places frequently among Choiniere/Becker, Lawler/Bradley and Sprongl/Sprongl, until the Sprongls misjudged a turn and crashed. By then, Choiniere was first-on-the-road and running in clear air, free of the choking dust everyone else experienced. Lawler could not narrow the gap in those conditions, and came home second overall. Production GT winners Cal Landau and Eric Marcus (Mitsubishi Eclipse) charged to a remarkable fourth overall. However, they, too, had a real battle on their hands for most of the rally, until mechanical problems and the heavy dust began to take their toll on the class. Gail Truess and Pattie Hughes were second in their Mazda 323 GTX. Group 5 winners Henry and Cindy Krolikowski (Dodge Shadow) made a late-rally dash for the front an impressive fifth overall, just behind Landau/Marcus. Along the way, they beat out defending class champions Ralph Kosmides and Joe Noyes (Toyota Supra), who at times found the dust so thick that they virtually had to stop. Perhaps the most remarkable performance of the event was the Production Class win by Karl Scheible and Gail McGuire. Driving the first Volkswagen New Beetle in competition in the United States, Scheible brought the car home an amazing 10th overall, nearly two minutes ahead of the second-place finisher. That was the Honda Civic of Jay Kowalik and Scott Embree, who had a similar lead over third place. Their teammates, Bryan Hourt and Peter Cardimen, made it a happy weekend for Team Honda R&D, as they brought their Civic in first in Group 2. Gerald Sweet and Stuart Spark were second in a Saab 99 Ems. The next round of the Michelin SCCA ProRally Championship will be the Wild West ProRally, which will take place June 18-18 in the forests surrounding Shelton, Washington.

Final Results Susquehannock Trail ProRally Wellsboro, Pennsylvania June 5-6, 1999

OA Car                                                                Cl. Score
Pos #  Driver/Co-Driver                Vehicle             Class  Pos (minutes)
1  3   Paul Choiniere/Jeff Becker      Hyundai Tiburon     Open     1    149.23
2  2   Noel Lawler/Charlie Bradley     Hyundai Tiburon     Open     2    152.36
3  80  Jon  Kemp/Rod Hendricksen       Audi quattro        Open     3    162.29
4  13  Cal Landau/Eric Marcus          Mitsubishi Eclipse  Prod GT  1    165.43
5  44  Henry Krolikowski/Cindy Krolikowski Dodge Shadow    Group 5  1    166.77
6  7   Ralph  Kosmides/Joe Noyes       Toyota Supra        Group 5  2    167.23
7  16  Gail Truess/Pattie Hughes       Mazda 323 GTX       Prod GT  2    167.26
8  111 Jim Anderson/Martin  Dapot      Honda Prelude VTEC  Group 5  3    168.06
9  106 Gabriel Marin-Ortiz/Mark Williams Mitsubishi Lancer Evo V Open 4  171.10
10 61  Karl  Scheible/Gail McGuire     Volkswagen New Beetle  Prod  1    172.52
11 21  Chris Czyzio/Eric Carlson       Mitsubishi Eclipse  Prod GT  3    172.56
12 83  Mark Utecht/Diane Sargent       Dodge Omni Turbo    Group 5  4    172.74
13 71  Bryan Hourt/Peter Cardimen      Honda Civic         Group 2  1    173.59
14 67  Jay Kowalik/Scott Embree        Honda Civic         Prod     2    174.33
15 38  Lesley Suddard/Marc Goldfarb    Dodge Charger       Group 5  5    174.59
16 108 Gerald Sweet/Stuart Spark       SAAB 99 EMS         Group 2  2    174.91
17 76  Ted Mendham/Lise Mendham        Nissan Sentra       Prod     3    176.97
18 121 Mark  Bowers/Duffy Bowers       Mitsubishi Starion  Group 5  6    177.18
19 81  Robert Bohn/Dave Bruce          Mitsubishi Eclipse  Prod GT  4    177.79
20 123 Vincente Frontinan/Peter Watt   Volkswagen Corrado  Group 5  7    178.01
21 115 Seamus Burke/Walden Robinson    Mitsubishi Galant   Prod GT  5    180.63
22 175 Alex Erisoty/Ben Greisler       Audi 90 quattro     Open     5    182.75
23 70  Kendall Russell/John Dillon     Dodge Shadow        Prod GT  6    186.65
24 109 James Frandsen/Todd Bourdette   Audi 200            Prod GT  7    188.08
25 56  Douglas Davenport/Allan Kintigh Volkswagen Golf GTi Group 2  3    189.00
26 171 Gregory  Trepetin/Sonia Trepetin  Honda Prelude     Group 5  8    189.34
27 199 Michael  White/Michael Ronan    SAAB Gli            Group 2  4    189.69
28 42  Eric  Burmeister/Mark  Buskirk  Volkswagen Golf GTi Group 2  5    190.56
29 65  Don  Rathgeber/Jim Brandt       Ford Mustang 5.0    Group 5  9    192.08
30 137 Phil Smith/Pam  Smith           MGB-GT              Group 2  6    194.27
31 47  Ken Kovach/Mark Rinkel          Ford Escort         Group 2  7    197.68
32 60  John Rahill/Vladimir  Hladky    Volkswagen Golf GTi Group 2  8    198.78
33 112 Jens Larsen/Claire Chizma       Mazda Rx-7          Group 5  10   200.33
34 187 John Shirley/Philip Barnes      Triumph TR-7 V8     Group 5  11   201.86
35 97  Paul Dubinsky/Yvon Dubinsky     Eagle Talon         Prod GT  8    203.06
36 156 Donald  Paulsen/Charles Paulsen Volvo 240 GT        Prod     4    203.11
37 152 Wojciech Hajduczyk/Cezary Fidler  Plymouth Laser    Open     6    208.78
38 119 Peter Malaszuk/Darek Szerejko   Daewoo Nubira       Prod     5    208.80
39 132 William Tremmel/Peter Coleman   Volkswagen Jetta GL  Prod    6    209.92
40 130 Jim Kuhn/Jennifer Logel         Audi quattro        Open     7    212.42
41 126 Arthur Wojcik/Charles Cox       Mitsubishi Galant   Open     8    215.63
42 29  Dean Fry/Donald Kennedy         Subaru Legacy       Open     9    DNF
43 169 Carlos Arrieta,Jr/Dick Casey    SAAB 900            Group 5  12   DNF
44 19  Rod Dean/Nichole Hunter         Plymouth Laser      Prod GT  9    DNF
45 22  Michael Curran/Nichole Hunter   Eagle Talon         Prod GT  10   DNF
46 79  Tom  Ottey/Pamela McGarvey      Mazda 323 GTX       Prod GT  11   DNF
47 100 Donal Mulleady/John O'Reilly    Mazda 323 GTX       Prod GT  12   DNF
48 168 Celsus  Donnelly/Kevin Mullan   Eagle Talon         Prod GT  13   DNF
49 36  Evan Moen/Thomas Young          Plymouth Neon       Prod     7    DNF
50 58  Roland McIvor/Brendan Bohan     Nissan Sentra SE-R  Prod     8    DNF
51 78  Scott Naturale/Patrick Munhall  Volkswagen Golf GTi Prod     9    DNF
52 6   Steve Gingras/Bill Westrick     Eagle Talon         Open     10   DNF
53 11  Ivan Orisek/Olga Orisek         Audi quattro        Open     11   DNF
54 14  Garen  Shrader/Doc Shrader      Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IV Open 12  DNF
55 43  Carlos Arrieta, Sr./Belen Arrieta Audi quattro      Open     13   DNF
56 57  Arthur Odero-Jowi/Jim  Hurley   Mitsubishi Eclipse  Open     14   DNF
57 64  Sylvester Stepniewski/Adam Pelc Audi 4000 quattro   Open     15   DNF
58 99  Sakis Hadjiminas/Brian Maxwell  Volkswagen Fox Kit Car Open  16   DNF
59 104 Martin Donnelly/Peter Cunningham  Eagle Talon       Open     17   DNF
60 116 Thomas Lawless/Declan Hegarty   Mitsubishi Eclipse  Open     18   DNF
61 141 Frank Sprongl/Daniel  Sprongl   Audi quattro S2     Open     19   DNF
62 159 Michael Zamikhovsky/Ron Norton  Toyota Celica       Open     20   DNF
63 162 Keith Townsend/Jennifer Cote    Toyota Corolla      Open     21   DNF
64 179 Demetrios Andreou/Constantin Mantoupolas Audi Coupe Open     22   DNF
65 114 Frank Cunningham/Nick  Pessoa   Volkswagen G60      Group 5  13   DNF
66 166 John Daubenmier/Stanley Rosen   Chevrolet S-10      Group 5  14   DNF
67 10  Bill Malik/Christian Edstrom    Volvo 240           Group 2  9    DNF
68 15  Brad Hawkins/John  Dobbins      Volkswagen Jetta Gli Group 2 10   DNF
69 66  Richard Pilczuk/Brian Pilczuk   Volkswagen Golf GTi Group 2  11   DNF
70 69  Charles Sherrill/Mark Rea       Honda Civic CRX Si  Group 2  12   DNF
71 77  Robert Pao/Bob Barrall          Volkswagen Golf GTi Group 2  13   DNF
72 118 Brenden Lawless/Garrett Meegan  Volkswagen Scirocco Group 2  14   DNF
73 129 Scott Kreisler/John  Bonasera   Nissan 200SX        Group 2  15   DNF
74 144 Charlie Langan/Hughie Langan    Ford Escort         Group 2  16   DNF
75 155 Padraig Purcell/Patrick McGrath                     Group 2  17   DNF
76 173 Patrick Lilly/Mark McAllister   Volkswagen Golf GTi Group 2  18   DNF
77 180 Chris Havas/Eric Tremblay       Volkswagen Golf GTi Group 2  19   DNF
78 909 Konstantin Roumiantsev/Elena Roumiantsev VW Golf GTi Group 2 20   DNF

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Series SCCA
Drivers Paul Choiniere , Jeff Becker , Ralph Kosmides , Joe Noyes , Bill Malik , Christian Edstrom , Seamus Burke , Frank Cunningham , Mark McAllister , Peter Cunningham , Vincente Frontinan , Peter Malaszuk , Patrick Lilly , Ted Mendham , Roland McIvor , John Shirley , Frank Sprongl , Daniel Sprongl , Peter Watt , Donald Kennedy , Marc Goldfarb , Rod Hendricksen , Martin Donnelly , Keith Townsend , Mark Williams , Brian Maxwell , Lise Mendham , Jim Anderson
Teams Williams