Susquehannock Trail PRO Rally Round ...
Susquehannock Trail PRO Rally Round #5 - 1998 Michelin PRO Rally Championship Wellsboro, Pennsylvania Notes #7 - Sunday, June 7 - 1:00 AM EDT
21. Top National Standings through Stage 7: DRIVER CO-DRIVER Car Class Total
Frank Sprongl Dan Sprongl Audi Quattro S-2 Open 72.91* Carl Merrill Lance Smith Ford Escort Cosworth Open 74.36 Jon Nichols Mike Koch VW GTI Gp2 76.11* Mike Whitman Paula Gibeault Ford Sierra Cosworth Open 76.61 Jon Kemp Gail McGuire Audi 4000 Quattro Open 77.48 Noel Lawler Charlie Bradley Hyundai Elantra Open 78.00 Cal Landau Eric Marcus Mitsubishi Eclipse PGT 78.46* Bryan Pepp Jerry Stang Eagle Talon PGT 79.70 Rick Davis Ben Greisler BMW 318i Gp5 79.81* Mark Utecht Paul Schwerin Dodge Omni Gp5 80.10 Sylvester Stepniewski Adam Pelc Audi 4000S Quattro Open 80.81 Ralph Kosmides Joe Noyes Toyota Supra Gp5 81.32 Chris Czyczio Eric Carlson Mitsubishi Eclipse PGT 81.33 Vinnie Frontinan Frank Cunningham VW Corrado Gp5 81.34 Bill Driegert Hishin Shim Mitsubishi Galant VR4 PGT 81.50
Greg Healey John MacLeod Dodge Ram 50 Pickup Prod. 84.64*
22. We have again fallen behind with stories, but the rally marches on. Quick highlights: --The David Summerbell/Michael Fennell Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IV, with a small 13-gallon gas tank, ran out of fuel a couple of miles from the Germania service area, stranding the Jamaicans for 10 minutes until spectators came to their aid. Although the team would recover to finish in the top ten, this knocked them out of contention for their second consecutive win. Late in the event, the car also suffered a flat tire, adding insult to injury.
--The Dean Panton/David Watkins Hyundai Elantra suffered a crushed exhaust - also on stage #7 - which led to an electrical problem in in the engine's management system, and put Panton out of the event.
--Another top ten entry - the Steve Gingras/Bill Westrick Eagle Talon, also suffered engine management system failure and dropped out after stage #7.
--Class leaders after stage 10:
Sprongl/Sprongl Audi Quattro S-2 Overall Nichols/Koch VW Golf GTI Group 2 Landau/Marcus Mitsubishi Eclipse PGT Davis/Greisler BMW 318i Group 5 Healey/MacLeod Nissan Sentra Production # # # Susquehannock Trail PRO Rally Round #5 - 1998 Michelin PRO Rally Championship Wellsboro, Pennsylvania Notes #8 - Sunday, June 7 - 4:00 AM EDT
23. The 22nd running of the Susquehannock Trail PRO Rally is history, and the Canadian National Champions Frank Sprongl and Dan Sprongl have won their fourth straight U.S. rally dating back to February, 1997, in their Audi Quattro S-2. The Sprongls took over the lead for good on stage #3 after the Paul Choiniere/Jeff Becker Hyundai Tiburon crashed while enjoying a slight lead. They expanded their lead when the David Summerbell/Michael Fennell Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IV ran out of gas, and clinched the victory when Carl Merrill/Lance Smith had a flat tire late in the event.
Merrill finished second in the Ford Escort Cosworth, while the Noel Lawler/Charles Bradley Hyundai Elantra was fourth, beating out the Jon Nichols/Mike Koch Group 2 VW GTI by just 15 seconds. Nichols went off the road late in the event, bending a wheel, when slowed him down after running in the top three most of the night.
The Mike Whitman/Paula Gibeault Ford Sierra Cosworth was fifth overall, easily their best finish ever in that car, while Jon Kemp and Gail McGuire were sixth in the Audi Quattro 4000. Summerbell ended up 7th overall.
Other class winners included Cal Landau/Eric Marcus Mitsubishi Eclipse (Production GT); Rick Davis/Ben Greisler BMW 318i (Group 5); and Jay Kowalik/Scott Embree Honda Civic CVT (Production).
In the divisional runoffs, Mark Utech/Paul Schwerin Dodge Omni GLH Turbo had the best overall time and won 02, while Bill Malik/Christian Edstrom Volvo 240 took U2 and Chris Czyczio/Eric Carlson Mitsubishi Eclipse took 04 honors.
In all, 51 of the 79 starters finished - both STPR records as well as 60 percent finishing ratio.