ProRally: Susquehannock Trail: Round three preview

TOPEKA, Kan. (June 5, 2003) -- After weather dominated the first two events of the season, rain is again in the forecast for the third round of the 2003 SCCA ProRally Championship at Susquehannock Trail this weekend. Although not expected to...

TOPEKA, Kan. (June 5, 2003) -- After weather dominated the first two events of the season, rain is again in the forecast for the third round of the 2003 SCCA ProRally Championship at Susquehannock Trail this weekend.

Although not expected to be anywhere near the blustery, soaking conditions which shortened the event at Rim of the World last month, there is a 50 percent chance of wet weather in northern Pennsylvania on Saturday for the 27th-consecutive Susquehannock Trail ProRally (STPR). The wet weather, if it happens, could wreak havoc on the normally fast, well-groomed dirt roads.

So far this season, the conditions have proven most favorable for Team Mitsubishi Motor Sports America. Reigning John Woolf Cup winner David Higgins again sits atop the Drivers' Championship point standings, with 44 this season after winning both Sno*Drift and Rim of the World with co-driver Daniel Barritt. His teammate, 2002 Two Wheel Drive overall champion Lauchlin O'Sullivan, is comfortably in second, with 26 points.

Subaru Rally Team USA is looking to claim its first victory of this season after a strong second-place finish at Rim of the World by Mark Lovell. Teammate Ramana Lagemann, who started slowly but charged late in the shortened contest, finished fifth.

The FIA Group N Drivers' Championship will have one leader after this weekend. Currently tied in the standings with 16 points apiece, are drivers Mark Utecht and Shane Mitchell. Each team has won a race and finished second this season, beating the other team in the process.

This weekend will be the first event of the season for Rally legend Paul Choiniere. The Shelbourne, Vt., resident has won eight of the last 11 John Woolf Cups, dating back to 1992, a stretch that included six in a row from 1992-97. He will compete on Saturday in the Open Class in a 2002 Hyundai.

The 2003 Susquehannock Trail ProRally begins Saturday at 10:31 a.m. (EDT) sharp after the Parc Expose at 9:00 a.m. The first car (of 70 entries as of 6/5) is scheduled to finish around midnight. For more information, including complete entry list, notes and results, visit www.scca.com/amateur/performance_rally/prorally/2003/stpr/index.html or www.stpr.org.

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Series SCCA
Drivers Shane Mitchell , Daniel Barritt