RALLY: ProRally: Susquehannock Trail: Round five preview

SCCA® ProRallysm Championship Round 5 Susquehannock Trail DENVER, Colorado Fifth round (of ten) for the 2002 season. A highly competitive 90 car field of SCCA and FIA Performance Rally cars from across North America and the World will...

SCCA® ProRallysm Championship Round 5
Susquehannock Trail

DENVER, Colorado Fifth round (of ten) for the 2002 season. A highly competitive 90 car field of SCCA and FIA Performance Rally cars from across North America and the World will compete on the wickedly fast, smooth, dirt and gravel roads near the famous 'Grand Canyon of the East" in North central Pennsylvania. This 26th anniversary running of "STPR" is sanctioned by the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA). The SCCA ProRally Championship series is presented by Hyundai Motor America, Mitsubishi Motor Sales of America, and Subaru of America.

When & Where:
June 01, 2002; Wellsboro, PA; approximately 55 miles (90 kilometers) north of Williamsport PA, 45 miles (75 kilometers) southwest of Elmira, NY.

Schedule: (subject to change)

Friday, May 31, 2002
9:00AM - 3:00PM; 5:00PM - 6:00 PM Scrutineering at the Fairgrounds, Rt. 6, East of Wellsboro.
1:00 PM to 6:00 PM Practice Stage - See below for details.
9:00 PM - 11:00 PM Welcome Party - Fireman's Annex, Main St.

Saturday, June 01, 2002
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM Parc Expose - on The Green - Main Street, Wellsboro.
10:31 AM Sharp Official Start - Leg 1 of Susquehannock Trail Rally - on the Green
10:56 AM Sharp Start of Special Stage 1 - Water crossing spectator stage.
2:45 PM - 5:00 PM 2nd Parc Expose - on the Green - Main Street, Wellsboro.
5:01 PM Sharp Official Re-start - Leg 2 of Susquehannock Trail Rally - on the Green
7:00 PM - 8:50 PM Germania Area Service #1.
10:59 PM - 11:57 PM Germania Area Service #2.

Sunday, June 02, 2002
1:20 AM (approx) First car finishes Susquehannock Trail ProRally at Fireman's Annex.
7:30 AM Provisional results posted - Arcadia Theatre Lobby.
8:30 AM Awards and prize giving - Arcadia Theatre.

Event Rank:
This rally is a full points SCCA ProRally Championship event. Drivers earn points towards the National Championship, while Hyundai, Subaru and Mitsubishi earn points towards Overall and class MFG Championships and Mazda and Mitsubishi earn points towards the Group 2 Championship.

Selected entries (driver/co-driver):

* Current Overall Drivers Championship points leader David Higgins (67 points), 2002 Subaru WRX.

* Current Manufacturer points leaders (55 MFG points) Mark Higgins and Michael Gibson in #5 car, former SCCA champions Paul Choiniere and Jeff Becker in #6 car, 2003 Hyundai Tiburons.

* 2001 Overall Driver and Manufacturer Champion Mark Lovell with Steve Turvey, 2002 Subaru WRX.

* 2001 Overall Driver's Championship runner up, Seamus Burke, returns for his first event since this year's Cherokee Trails Rally in March.

* Rhys Millen with Garry Cowan, Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VII - Millen has had a season full of highs and lows - now with a new car - expect to see the Pikes Peak champion turn up the heat.

Additional news interest:

* Dust will, as is nearly always the case at STPR, be a huge factor in the outcome of the event, particularly in the events opening two stages, where, historically, the top finisher of those two stages goes on to win. Mother Nature, however, can also create major difficulties for teams in other ways: Last year's rainstorm that began at the second service completely changed much of the finishing order throughout the entire field with muddy roads that became slick as ice.

* The famous spectator-friendly but car-cruel Water Crossing at the end of SS1 often determines a number of rallyist's fortunes, with as much as 10% of the field retiring, sometimes in the creek!

* While Susquehannock Trail is geologically different in every way from last months Rim of the World, with its fast, smooth and well-groomed roads, the event does, none-the-less, also have a history of high attrition because of the narrow roads closely lined with big trees.

* With the Hyundai well in front of the Manufacturers Championship race, and independent David Higgins tearing up the Overall Driver's competition, expect absolutely flat-out driving and intense service area action as other teams, particularly Subaru/Prodrive and Mitsubishi, fight to close the gap.

* SCCA ProRally: www.sccaprorally.org * SCCA Susquehannock Trail ProRally: www.stpr.org

The SCCA ProRally Championship is presented by Hyundai, Mitsubishi and Subaru, and is televised in North America on SpeedChannel. Time and date listing information available at www.speedtv.com

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Series SCCA
Drivers Paul Choiniere , Seamus Burke , Mark Lovell , Rhys Millen , Mark Higgins , David Higgins , Michael Gibson
Teams Williams