Rim of the World PRO Rally Round ...
Rim of the World PRO Rally Round #4 - 1998 Michelin PRO Rally Championship Palmdale, California Press Notes #9 - Sunday, May 10, 6:00 AM PDT 20. Rim Saturday Second Divisional:
CAR # (DRIVER/CO-DRIVER) CAR SEED SCORE
34 C Jardevall/A Trowbridge Volvo 740T 1 1:14:16 1 Two WD 1 O2 33 L Peterson/J Love Arrow 1 1:15:30 2 Two WD 2 O2 22 V Samuelian/A Manoukian Eclipse 1 1:16:40 1 4WD 1 4WD 20 George Plsek/Mark Rathsam Saab 99 2 1:16:51 3 Two WD 3 O2 25 F Ronn/J Dillon Celica 4 1:17:55 4 Two WD 4 O2 54 Ron Wood/Kelly Walsh Quattro 1 1:18:42 2 4WD 2 4WD 85 Tony Chavez/M Mancilla Galant VR4 2 1:18:50 3 4WD 3 4WD 66 D Robinson/B Hidde Mazda RX-7 4 1:18:52 1 Perf Stk 5 O2 323 Paul Timmerman/S Martin Mazda 323 4 1:20:37 4 4WD 4 4WD 40 Robert Tallini/S Scott Corolla 3 1:22:39 5 Two WD 1 U2 16 Tom Bier/Ole Holter Saab 99 4 1:24:22 6 Two WD 2 U2 51 Robert Shibao/Matt Gabler Mazda GLC 6 1:26:16 1 Stock 3 U2 56 Jonathan Highbolt/E Huage Eclipse 6 1:26:17 5 4WD 5 4WD 46 P Workum/B Gutzmann Arrow 3 1:26:47 7 Two WD 6 O2 37 T DelaCuesta/B Santiago Corolla 3 1:26:52 2 Perf Stk 4 U2 38 Ricky DelaCuesta/J Recto Lancer 3 1:26:56 8 Two WD 5 U2 35 M Brown/W Neundor Corolla 3 1:28:58 3 Perf Stk 6 U2 29 R Koch/R Alliso VW Fastbak 3 1:29:15 9 Two WD 7 O2 55 R Pendergrass/J Weigley Blazer 3 1:29:27 6 4WD 6 4WD 53 Pete Morris/Nick Taylor Corolla 3 1:29:51 10 Two WD 7 U2 24 M Kilpatrick/J Gillaspy Dodge Colt 3 1:30:37 11 Two WD 8 O2 50 Eric Oyague/A Oyague Corolla 6 1:31:27 2 Stock 8 U2 21 Trevor Donison/B Bradley Neon 3 1:47:03 4 Perf Stk 9 U2 15 David White/David Watts VW GTI 1 1:49:44 12 Two WD 10 U2 65 Dennis Chizma/C Marie 3000 GT 1 1:52:05 7 4WD 7 4WD 47 B Brown/P Brown Mazda 323 6 1:54:06 8 4WD 8 4WD 23 M Whitman/D Mitchel Datsun 510 3 1:57:23 13 Two WD 11 U2 41 Rui Brasil/Carlos Tavares Quattro 1 DNF 45 A Odero-Jowi/F O'Sullivan Eclipse 3 DNF 8 Bill Malik/C Edstrom Volvo 240 1 DNF 777 A Tissot/V Tissot Volvo 242 6 DNF 48 Paul Bojinov/J Ragalie Mazda RX-7 6 DNF 311 Bradney Boli/Gary Garman Accord 6 DNF 19 Ben Medeiros/T Medeiros Mazda 323 4 DNF 52 Steve Bender/Craig McHugh VW Rabbit 6 DNF
For David Summerbell and co-driver Chris Griffin, this was an emotional victory for a variety of reasons. It was Summerbell's first U.S. and Rim win, and should give important exposure to his new sponsor - Breeze SuperClubs resorts of Jamaica. Griffin, a veteran California Rally Series and national co-driver, has won divisional titles at Rim with brother Jeff, national rallies with Henry Joy, but never a national at him home event here in the Antelope Valley. It was also an important win for Mitsubishi in the manufacturer's points chase, as Hyundai scored no points.
For Genta/Takata, their Subaru Impreza held on gamely at the end despite a blown clutch and and a failed engine management computer. For Subaru, whose Western Regional marketing people sponsored the ESPN2 coverage (which will run Friday, May 29, at 6:30 PM Eastern time), it was a good weekend as the Lee Shadbolt/Paul Eklund Subaru Impreza won the Production GT class.
Other class winners included: Ralph Kosmides/Joe Noyes Toyota Supra (Group 5); Fred Ronn/John Dillon Toyota Celica (Group 2); and Mark Brown/William Neundorfer Toyota Corolla (Production).
For the Dave White/David Watts Group 2 VW GTI, it was a disappointing evening, as White had the Group 2 title wrapped up when he lost control of his car and high-centered on a burm. They lost 15-minutes to the field before Dennis Chizma's Mitsubishi 3000GT pulled them off and got them on their way. White finished strong, and still garnered 4th in class, but he was chagrined that victory slipped away.
The battle for Group 5 between Ralph Kosmides/Joe Noyes, the Lon Peterson/Jim Love Plymouth Arrow, and the Carl Jardevall/Amity Trowbridge Volvo 740 turbo was the best of the day other than the overall chase. At the end of ten stages, Kosmides only had a ten- second lead on Peterson, with Jardevall one minute back, but Peterson had electrical problems, losing five minutes on the last stage, and Jardevall lost his rear end on stage #12.
It looked for a while like the Henry Joy/Michael Fennell Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution II was in the running for its second straight Rim title, as Henry was staying in the same minute with the leaders for much of the rally. But the transmission froze after stage #10, and the entry was a DNF.
Besides Kosmides and Peterson, several other California Rally Series veterans scored in the top ten this weekend. The Vartan Samuelian/Art Manoukian Mitsubishi Eclipse, which was a surprising eighth overall last year here, improved to fifth overall this year. Only 19 seconds out of sixth place for a seventh place finish overall is the Tony Chavez/Marcelo Mancilla Mitsubishi Galant, which overcame its turbo problems from Friday night. Right behind Chavez was the George Plsek/Mark Rathsam Saab 99, and rounding out the top ten was the Group 2 winners Fred Ronn/John Dillon in their Toyota Celica. And, of course, Lon Peterson/Jim Love, the sixth-place finishers, are also CRS veterans.
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