ALS Rally team Big Horn Rally report

Just a Sunday drive . . . The Subaru Justy of the ALS rally team successfully completed the Big Horn Rally in Edson, Alberta, during the Victoria Day weekend. "It was a fairly aggressive Sunday drive", says Driver, Martin Wilson. "The...

Just a Sunday drive . . .

The Subaru Justy of the ALS rally team successfully completed the Big Horn Rally in Edson, Alberta, during the Victoria Day weekend. "It was a fairly aggressive Sunday drive", says Driver, Martin Wilson. "The new engine performed well and the Justy had no mechanical problems at all".

Team Manager, Lucia Wilson, had little to do at the service stops other than feed and water the crew and wash the Justy's windows. "Being the lowest powered and smallest car in the championship has its advantages" she commented. The mud did pose a more serious problem for the Justy than most competitors. "I felt the car getting heavier, and at the next service realized we had collected about 100 lbs of the brown stuff", said Martin. "A systematic mud removal program became part of our service schedule".

Although some stages had to be cancelled due to excessive mud, it was a superb rally with mild weather conditions and roads suited to the Justy's abilities with no steep hills! Navigator, Dennis Wende, reports on one "TSN moment" when the car fell into a large ditch. "We lost about 10 seconds, but the beauty of all wheel drive allowed us to get out quickly under our own steam", he said.

With 22 cars in the national portion of the rally, the Justy finished 17th and first in its production class. This now places the team tied for the championship lead in the class, alongside the Francophone Justy n'Time Team.

The team is now heading for Calgary where they will be competing in the 4th round of the Subaru Canadian Rally Championship in the Rocky Mountain Rally on May 24/25. The car will be on display at the media event in Eau Claire Festival Market, Calgary, on Thursday May 23.

The team thanks its sponsors: Vancouver Film Studios, Riley's Cafe, rallyequipment.com, Kal Tire and Martin's Forklift Service. The ALS Rally Team is rallying to raise awareness and funds for the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Society of B.C. For more information visit: www.rallyequipment.com/alsrally/ and www.alsbc.ca or contact us on 604 839 6517.

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