Tire failures end the day while leading the Pacific Forest Rally. Bainbridge Island, WA - Ross Foster and Snowmoose Motorsports Alan Perry were leading the 2002 Pacific Forest Rally when one tire failure took them out of the lead and two more ...
Tire failures end the day while leading the Pacific Forest Rally.
Bainbridge Island, WA - Ross Foster and Snowmoose Motorsports Alan Perry were leading the 2002 Pacific Forest Rally when one tire failure took them out of the lead and two more failures on the subsequent stage took them out of the event. The rally was held on 8 June and based out of the town of Merritt, British Columbia, Canada.
Contrary to expectations, the conditions were wet and muddy. The Merritt area only gets 12 inches of rain a year and it all seemed to arrive in time to greet the rally competitors. Fresh road work on the first set of stages exposed broken rock that contributed to tire problems for many of the teams.
After a thoroughly muddy spectator stage, Foster and Perry got a big break when the top three cars all checked into the second control very early and gave the remaining competitors all a 10 minute advantage.
On the second stage, a rock hit a wheel and damaged it so that it started losing air. After the stage, this wheel was swapped for the spare. The team were the fastest in stages 2 and 3 and came out of the reseed after the first service in the lead of the rally.
On stage 4, a repeat of stage 2, a rock hit a different wheel and this time was the damage was severe enough for the tire to loose all its air. With 12km to go, the tire had to be changed on the stage. A frozen lug nut delayed changing the tire. After the wheel was finally exchanged, there were further delays involving an unlatched hood and later a spin. The team was out of the running for the lead.
On stage 5, a repeat of stage 3, the car slid off a right hand turn and both left side tires popped their beads. "I messed up that one," explained Perry. "We went off that same turn in stage 3 and, in the confusion of getting back on stage, I noted the turn in the wrong place in the route book. I didn't realize it was the turn that I should be warning Ross about until it was too late." They tried to continue on, but with roughly 12 km to go and the front tire coming completely off the rim and no more spares in the car, they pulled off the road and retired.
The next events for the team will be the Dryad Quest/Shitepoke ClubRallys based out of Shelton, WA on 15-16 June.
Pacific Forest Rally, 8 June 2002
SS1 SS2 SS3 SS4 SS5
1:45 16:31 16:12 29:15 DNF