ProRally: Susquehannock Trail: Round three notes, schedule

SCCA® ProRally Championship Round 3 Susquehannock Trail WELLSBORO, Penn. -- The third round (of nine) for the 2003 season. A highly competitive 51 car field (as of May 27th) of SCCA and FIA Performance Rally cars from across North America and...

SCCA® ProRally Championship Round 3
Susquehannock Trail

WELLSBORO, Penn. -- The third round (of nine) for the 2003 season. A highly competitive 51 car field (as of May 27th) of SCCA and FIA Performance Rally cars from across North America and the World will compete on the wickedly fast, smooth, dirt and gravel roads near the famous 'Grand Canyon of the East" in North central Pennsylvania. This 27th anniversary running of "STPR" is sanctioned by the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA). The SCCA ProRally Championship series is presented by Mitsubishi Motor Sales of America, and Subaru of America.

June 7-8, 2003; Wellsboro, PA; approximately 55 miles (90 kilometers) north of Williamsport PA, 45 miles (75 kilometers) southwest of Elmira, NY.

Schedule: (subject to change)

Friday, May 31, 2002 9:00AM -- 3:00PM; 5:00PM -- 6:00 PM
Scrutineering at the Fairgrounds, Rt. 6, East of Wellsboro.

Saturday, June 01, 2002 9:00 AM -- 10:30 AM
Parc Expose -- on The Green -- Main Street, Wellsboro.

10:15 AM Sharp
Official Start of Daylight Section - Leg 1 of Susquehannock Trail Rally -- on the Green

2:45 PM -- 5:00 PM
2nd Parc Expose -- on the Green -- Main Street, Wellsboro.

5:01 PM Sharp
Official Re-start Evening Section -- Leg 2 of Susquehannock Trail Rally -- on the Green

7:00 PM -- 8:50 PM
Germania Area Service #1.

10:59 PM -- 11:57 PM
Germania Area Service #2.

Sunday, June 02, 2002 7:45 AM
Posting of Provisional Scores at the Arcadia Theater Lobby

8:45 AM
Awards and prize giving -- Arcadia Theatre.

Event Rank:
This rally is a full points SCCA ProRally Championship event. Drivers earn points towards the National Championship, Subaru and Mitsubishi earn points toward Overall and class MFG Championships and Mazda and Dodge earn points towards the Group 2 Championship.

Selected entries (driver/co-driver):

* 2002 John Woolf Cup winner David Higgins and co-driver Daniel Barritt go for consecutive win number three in 2003 after sweeping Sno*Drift and Rim of the World in the 2003 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo.

* Driver Paul Choiniere, who is second all-time in career Rally victories, will make his 2003 Open Class debut at STPR. He will team up with Jeff Becker in the only Hyundai entered for competition.

* 2001 Overall Driver and Manufacturer Champion Mark Lovell and 2002 Grant Whitaker Cup (top overall co-driver) Steve Turvey are looking for their first win of 2003 after placing second at Rim of the World in the No. 4 2004 Subaru Impreza.

* Currently second in the John Woolf Cup standings behind teammate Higgins, 2002 2-WD Champion Lauchlin O'Sullivan, with co-driver Christian Edstrom, is a strong candidate to pick up his first win in Open Class action in his 2003 Lancer Evo.

* The tightest current point battle in all classes belongs to Group N where Mark Utecht and Jeff Secor look to continue their hot start to the 2003 season in the No. 83 2002 Subaru Impreza WRX. The pair are in a deadlock with Shane Mitchell and Paul Donnelly. After Utecht and Secor beat them at Sno*Drift, Mitchell and Donnelly returned the favor at Rim of the World. Mitchell and Donnelly are in the No. 45 Subaru Impreza.

Additional news interest:

* Any number of weather conditions could affect the outcome of the race. Historically, STPR has been clouded in dust. However, Mother Nature can also create major difficulties for teams in other ways. In 2001, a rainstorm that began at the second service completely changed much of the finishing order throughout the entire field with muddy roads that became as slick as ice.

* While Susquehannock Trail is geologically different in every way from last month's Rim of the World, with its fast, smooth and well-groomed roads, the event does, none-the-less, also have a history of high attrition. The famous spectator-friendly but car-cruel Water Crossing at the end of SS1 often determines a number of rallyists' fortunes, with as much as 10% of the field retiring, sometimes in the creek! But last year, machines ruled the land because not one car was lost in the creek, a first in the 26-year history of the Rally.

* Team Subaru is still looking for its first victory of the 2003 campaign after two DNF's at Sno*Drift and a second-place finish by Lovell. Lovell's teammate, Ramana Lagemann, who had the other DNF, has yet to place higher than fifth this year.

* After the blistering pace set in the Open Class by Mitsubishi drivers through the first two events this season, expect absolute, flat-out driving and intense service area action as Team Subaru attempts to climb back into the points battle and win its first ProRally of the season.

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Series SCCA
Drivers Paul Choiniere , Jeff Becker , Christian Edstrom , Mark Lovell , Shane Mitchell , David Higgins , Jeff Secor
Teams Williams