RALLY: ProRally: Wild West Rally update 2001-09-06

Olympia, WA: A record sixty-seven cars are entered in the Wild West Rally - the eighth round in the ten event SCCA ProRally Championship series. The two-day performance rally will be held on closed Simpson Timber Company roads in the Mason...

Olympia, WA: A record sixty-seven cars are entered in the Wild West Rally - the eighth round in the ten event SCCA ProRally Championship series. The two-day performance rally will be held on closed Simpson Timber Company roads in the Mason County area west of Olympia, near the town of Shelton.

Selected entries, news: · For the first time this season, Hyundai drivers Noel Lawler and Paul Choiniere won the top two seeded draw starting positions, giving the team a much needed morale boost, and a real leg up if the rally becomes dusty. 2001 has been a rough season for the 5-time championship manufacturer, and particularly so for 1999 champions Noel Lawler and Charles Bradley, who have yet to finish a rally this season. Spirits are running high this weekend, as this tough event has several times in the past been the lucky one that changed the fortunes for the team.

· Seamus Burke and Frank Cunningham are ready to rumble in their independently entered Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VI -the Irish duo are waging a season-long battle against Subaru with comparisons to David vs Goliath becoming more and more evident. Burke has a lock on 2nd place in the overall Driver's Championship, just 9 points behind Mark Lovell, but Cunningham is holding an edge over Steve Turvey, Lovell's co-driver. How'd he do that?

Turvey took a one-event holiday at STPR, a mis-que that now puts him 13 points behind Cunningham.

· US and Canadian Production GT Champion Patrick Richard, who entered his first overseas event in Australia this past weekend, is back from down under and will be running his own Open class Subaru Impreza that he 'nearly debuted' at Ojibwe. Richard was forced into a last minute withdrawal at that event with transmission problems.

· In the two-wheel drive category, the crowd pleasing 'school bus yellow' Volvo of local favorite Carl Jardevall is back, and this time fellow Volvo devotee and equally crowd pleasing Bill Malik will be in hot pursuit. Sandwiched between the two wild men and their flying rocks will be 1998 Gr 2 champion, "mild mannered" David White, who's driving style and vehicle choice (VW Golf GTi) is as completely different from Jardevall and Malik as night is from day; making a great show for the rally fans that are coming from all over the country to watch the spectacle that is SCCA ProRally.

· The Rally starts tomorrow afternoon from downtown Shelton at 5:30 PM, following a 1-hour open to the public Parc Expose of all the rally cars, at 3rd and Franklin Streets.

· The start order, due to the large size of the field, has been condensed down to the top 50 teams for this release. The complete listing, with up to the minute updates, is available at the Wild West website address shown below.

· SCCA ProRally Championship: http://www.sccaprorally.org/ · Wild West Rally: http:// www.nwr-scca.org/rally/wildwest.html

--SCCA/SCCA ProRacing-

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Series SCCA
Drivers Bill Malik , Carl Jardevall , Seamus Burke , Frank Cunningham , Mark Lovell , David White , Patrick Richard