Snowmoose Motorsports finishes third in Bighorn Regional rally. Bainbridge Island, WA - Ross Foster and Snowmoose Motorsport co-driver Alan Perry finished third in the regional supporting event for the Bighorn Rally. This was round 3 in the ...
Snowmoose Motorsports finishes third in Bighorn Regional rally.
Bainbridge Island, WA - Ross Foster and Snowmoose Motorsport co-driver Alan Perry finished third in the regional supporting event for the Bighorn Rally. This was round 3 in the Canadian Rally Championship and was held on 19 May 2002 and was based out of Edson, Alberta, Canada.
The day was a long one with first car out at 8am and originally planned for over 100 miles of special stage consisting of 21 stages. However, the previous week's weather resulted in four stages being cancelled and spectator control issues lead to another being cancelled. The event as run was still over 80 stages miles consisting of 17 stages.
The first stage was a spectator stage in the town of Edson. Then, there were six stages north of town, four on muddy roads and two on gravel roads. After this, everything moved south to the town of Robb. Two stages went through the town of Robb (with most of the town watching). The remainder of the event was on either dry gravel or wet gravel stages east of Robb.
Initially, the team was concerned about tires, hearing about muddy roads and not bringing any mud tires on the 16-hour drive from Seattle. Luckily, most of the teams were in the same situation.
Stage 6, Deerhill In, a fast gravel stage, was where everything went wrong. First, Perry called a turn wrong, which required a lot of correction from Foster to get through. Then, in the process, Foster's harness was unlatched and he tried to strap himself back in, while trying to lose as little time as possible. Finally, Foster carried too much speed into a turn and the car ended up going through a ditch, impacting the underside of the car hard.
Towards the end of the day, they tried to take advantage of a failing turbo on the Subaru Legacy of Koszegi and Westhead, but the Mazda was suffering engine problems of its own and they could not pull it off.
"When Bill (Westhead) mentioned that they were having engine problems, I was hoping that we could take advantage of it. We ended up slower than them on most of those stages. Maybe if we had stage 6 to do over again, things might have been different," explained Perry.
Dust slowed the team down on stage 14 and, on the last stage, corners cut too tightly threatened to end the rally for them, but they held on. The car had some nasty vibrations on the last transit to the finish, though.
Foster and Perry finished the rally third overall for the regional rally, second in P4 class and first of the novice drivers. <pre> Stage Times
SS1 SS2 SS3 SS4 SS5 SS6 SS7 SS8 SS9 1:49 6:31 7:00 7:10 6:02 8:07 7:38 2:17 2:25
SS10 SS11 SS13 SS14 SS15 SS16 SS17 Total 5:46 5:57 4:23 4:14 4:23 5:54 6:06 1:25:42