ProRally: Susquehannock Trail results and report

Courtesy of Andy Schupack, SCCA/Michelin PRO Rally Series Media Liason: 1996 Susquehannock Trail PRO Rally Entry List Round ...

Courtesy of Andy Schupack, SCCA/Michelin PRO Rally Series Media Liason:

1996 Susquehannock Trail PRO Rally Entry List Round #5 - SCCA/Michelin PRO Rally series National PRO Rally - Final Results Car Class/ Num. Driver/Home Town Navigator/Home Town Vehicle/Tires Time ------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1 Paul Choiniere Jeff Becker Hyundai Elantra Open Shelburne, VT Great Neck, NY Michelin 105.93 18 Selcuk Karamanoglu Yorgi Bittner Eagle Talon PGT Bath, ME Plain City, OH Michelin 108.78 74 Pat Ayer Rob Jones Audi Quattro Open South Burlington, VT Burlington, VT 110.55 3 Carl Merrill Brian Maxwell Audi Quattro S-2 Open Ogunquit, ME Port Hope, ONT Michelin 112.83 8 Bruno Kreibich Rod Hendricksen Audi Quattro Open Ridgewood,Queens,NY Clinton, NJ Michelin 114.02 7 Cal Landau Eric Marcus Mitsubishi Eclipse GSX PGT Coraopolis, PA Dayton, OH Michelin 114.88 39 Mike Whitman Paula Gibeault Datsun 510 Group 2 Farmington, NM Ridgecrest, CA Michelin 116.84 15 Henry Krolikowski Cindy Krolikowski Dodge Shadow Group 5 Wyandotte, MI Wyandotte, MI Sears 116.96 21 Rick Davis Ben Greisler BMW M-3 Group 5 West Chester, PA Philadelphia, PA Michelin 117.20 31 Jim Anderson Martin Dapot Honda Prelude VTEC Prod. Carrboro, NC Reston, VA Michelin 120.03 52 Chris Havas Pete Pollard VW Golf Group 2 Richmond, VT Etobicoke, ONT Michelin 120.40 22 Lon Peterson Bill Gutzmann Kia Sephia Prod. Victorville, CA Ontario, CA Toyo 121.57 45 Dean Fry Don Kennedy Subaru Legacy Open Mohnton, PA Shillington, PA Nokia 122.57 42 David Peterson Greg Chaloupka VW GTI Group 2 Aspen, CO Aspen, CO Michelin 123.06 36 Lesley Suddard Anne Thomas Dodge Charger Group 5 Wilmington, DE Nashua, NH Michelin 123.07 66 Tad Ohtake Nigel Booth Ford Escort GT Prod. Dearborn, MI Northville, MI Michelin 123.87 43 Jacek Kotowski Marek Bulaj Eagle Talon TSI PGT Lawrenceville, NJ Lawrenceville, NJ Michelin 125.51 23 Greg Trepetin Sonia Trepetin Honda Prelude VTEC Prod. N. Potomac, MD N. Potomac, MD Michelin 126.73 50 Jeremy Chambers Neil Roeth Saab 900 Group 2 Wilmington, DE Brooklyn, NY Michelin 126.83 53 David Liebl Lou Binkley Mazda RX-7 Group 5 Gaithersburg, MD Frederick, MD 131.40 96 Bruce Newey Charles Bradley Toyota Celica Group 5 Atlanta, GA Ardmore, PA Michelin 139.59 27 Peter Watt Dick Casey Suzuki Swift GT Prod. Peterborough, ONT Fairfax Station, VA Bridgestone 152.27 34 Greg Healey John MacLeod Dodge Ram 50 Pick-up Prod. Poughkeepsie, NY S. Easton, MA BFGoodrich 164.08 Did_Not_Finish 41 Keith Kreisler Chris Erney Mazda 323GTX Open West Chester, PA Sterling, VA Michelin DNF 12 L. Mark Stone Marc Goldfarb Mitsubishi Galant PGT Somers, NY Atkinson, NH Michelin DNF 11 John Pizzagalli Eric Hauge Mitsubishi Galant PGT Burlington, VT Napa, CA Michelin DNF 13 Vinnie Frontinan Frank Cunningham VW Corrado Group 5 Somerville, MA Boston, MA Michelin DNF 77 Serguei Beloussov Kendall Russell Mazda 626 Group 2 Philadelphia, PA Knoxville, TN DNF 37 Ed Maklenburg Barbara Steencken Dodge Omni GLH Open Milford, MI Milford, MI DNF 19 Bob Elliott Mark Williams 1964 Ford Falcon Group 5 Rutland, VT Gaithersburg, MD BFGoodrich DNF 25 Ivan Orisek Olga Orisek Audi Quattro Open White Plains, NY White Plains, NY Michelin DNF 14 Jon Kemp Gail McGuire Audi 4000 Quattro Open Attica, NY Avon, NY Michelin DNF 4 Sam Bryan Robinson Walden Saab 900 Turbo Group 5 Kent, WA Shoreline, WA Michelin DNF 28 Kurt Thiel George Thompson VW GTI Group 2 Rochester, NY Rochester, NY Michelin DNF 51 Jay Kowalik Jeff Wheeler Acura Integra GS-R Prod. London, Ohio E. Liberty, Ohio Michelin DNF 20 Gerald Sweet Stuart Spark SAAB 99EMS Group 2 Oakridge, NJ Woodcliff Lake, NJ Michelin DNF 16 Ralph Kosmides Joe Noyes Toyota Supra Group 5 Newport Beach, CA Bothell, WA Michelin DNF 49 Michael Curran Joe McGirl Ford Mustang Group 5 Yonkers, NY New York, NY DNF 54 Rob Bohn Lynn Dillon Mitsubishi Eclipse PGT Noblesville, IN Evansville, IN Bridgestone DNF 44 Scott Kreisler John Bonasera Nissan 200-SX Group 2 Boyertown, PA Trappe, PA Bridgestone DNF 29 Pete Lahm Jimmy Brandt Datsun 510 Group 2 Phoenix, AZ Odessa, MI Michelin DNF # # # CHOINIERE DUSTS SCCA/MICHELIN PRO RALLY FIELD AT STPR; LEADS SERIES AT HALFWAY POINT IN PURSUIT OF FIFTH STRAIGHT TITLE WELLSBORO, Penn. -- June 2 -- Paul Choiniere, from Shelburne, Vermont, and co-driver Jeff Becker, have lengthened their SCCA/Michelin PRO Rally series points lead by winning their second straight event in their Hyundai Elantra as dust hampered the rest of the 58-car field at the 20th running of the Susquehannock Trail PRO Rally. Choiniere, who worked hard to gain the first-on-the-road position by winning the first four stages, was able to have clear shot at the night stages without any of the dust that plagued the other competitors. "This is perhaps the fastest event on the PRO Rally circuit," said Choiniere, describing the hard, twisty roads in the Pennsylvania State Forests, "and we didn't want to waste our 350 horsepower stuck behind someone else's dust. I think the teething problems we have had at previous events are behind us as our Hyundai Elantra ran perfectly for the entire event." In second place overall and winner of the Production GT class was the Eagle Talon of Selcuk Karamanoglu, from Bath, ME, and Yorgi Bittner. Karamanoglu, the Production GT points leader, faced his toughest class competition of the year. He drove another amazing rally, outdistancing several Open class competitors again despite a more than 100 horsepower disadvantage to those entrants. Selcuk won the class by more than six minutes over the Mitsubishi Eclipse of Cal Landau/Eric Marcus, who were troubled by brake problems early and could not catch up after that. Third overall was the Audi Quattro of Pat Ayer, from Burlington, VT, Rob Jones, with the Carl Merrill, from Ogunquit, ME, and Brian Maxwell in their Audi Quattro S-2 fourth and the Audi Quattro of Bruno Kreibich from Queens, NY, and Rod Hendricksen fifth. This was the first time that Audi Quattro entrants have placed three cars in the top five positions in several years. In a PRO Rally, each team consists of a driver and a co-driver (or navigator), and the exact course is kept secret until just before the event - different from World Rally, where practice is allowed. At Rim, the cars start at two-minute intervals and race against the clock over 12 stages which range in length from four to 10 miles. The teams achieving the fast combined times wins. 35 of the original 58 starters finished the event. The most hotly contested class was the Group 5 field, where the factory Saab 900 turbo of Sam Bryan, from Kent, WA, and Rob Walden were leading the class by more than a minute before a crank spark sensor failed on stage five, forcing a DNF. The battle then turned to a dogfight between the BMW M-3 of Rick Davis, from West Chester, Penn. and Ben Greisler and the Dodge Shadow of Henry and Cindy Krolikowski, from Wyandotte, MI, with the Krolikowskis nipping Davis/Greisler by less than 15 seconds in the end. The two entrants were virtually tied going into the last stage. Points leaders Ralph Kosmides, from Newport Beach, CA, and Joe Noyes were a DNF in their Toyota Supra with mechanical ills. The other 2WD modified class - Group 2 - was also very competitive, with four competitors fighting for the lead right at the start. With the Kurt Thiel/George Thompson VW GTI DNF at the Creek Crossing (bent suspension), the Gerry Sweet/Stuart Spark Saab 99 transmission failure on stage #5, and the points leaders Dave Peterson/Greg Chaloupka running behind all day, Rim of the World class winner Mike Whitman, with co-driver Paula Gibeault, emerged as the victors in Whitman's Datsun 510. Whitman now takes over the Group 2 points lead from Peterson, who finished third in class. The Production class was also very competitive, with the Jim Anderson/Martin Depot Honda Prelude VTEC edging the Kia Sephia of Lon Peterson/Bill Gutzmann by less than two minutes. Defending class champion Tad Ohtake/Nigel Booth were third in their Ford Escort GT. The next SCCA/Michelin PRO Rally Series event is the Maine Forest Rally in Rumford, Maine, July 26 - 28.

-- Ben Bradley *There are only two types of rally drivers: Those who HAVE rolled and those who WILL Portland, Oregon USA *Will co-drive for food... *89 323 GTX, 67 Cortina GT

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Series SCCA
Drivers Paul Choiniere , Jeff Becker , Ralph Kosmides , Joe Noyes , Frank Cunningham , Peter Watt , Marc Goldfarb , Rod Hendricksen , Keith Kreisler , Kurt Thiel , Mark Williams , Brian Maxwell , Jimmy Brandt , Greg Healey , Jim Anderson
Teams Williams