brs07_wimpey1.jpgJosh and Jeremy Wimpey of Quantum Rally Sport claimed two championships with a win at Black River Stages in Harrisville, NY on September 28, 2007 (www.blackriverstages.com). The event was the final round of the 2007 Eastern States Rally Championship (ESRC), and the win gave the Wimpeys first place for both the Modified 2 Class and the overall ESRC driver’s championship. Black River’s stages were some of the most exciting of the season and consisted of a full day competitive racing that lasted well into the dark. The sights and sounds of rally cars and motorcycles drew crowds of excited spectators who lined up along the stages to catch a glimpse of the thrilling action while the brisk fall weather and scenery provided a wonderful backdrop to the animation.

Josh and Jeremy Wimpey of Quantum Rally Sport entered the event with the intention of securing both the Modified 2 class (M2=modified two-wheel drive) and the overall Driver’s and Co-driver’s championships in the ESRC. A smart race strategy brought those championship goals to fruition with a 1st place finish in two-wheel drive and a 6th place overall finish.

That race strategy was born when the overall championship frontrunner Seamus Burke withdrew his Mitsubishi Evo from the event leaving the door open for several other teams to chance a podium position. The Wimpey brothers would have to finish high in the standings to claim the overall championship wins. Gear selector issues plagued the team all day and prevented them from selecting top-gear on the high speed portions of the stages. In addition to the gear selector issues, the team was forced to use extra caution on the rougher parts of the stages when they realized a broken ear on the starter motor which is also integral to the front motor mount.

Despite the minor mechanical issues, the duo led the two-wheel drive contingent throughout most of the day. Most importantly though, a 6th place overall finish was good enough to claim the 2007 overall driver’s and co-driver’s championships in the Eastern States Rally Championship.

The final event of the 2007 season is an invitational-style shootout in Laughlin Nevada (www.rallyusa.com) where the fastest teams from the east coast and the fastest teams from the west coast are invited to battle it out for the United States Rally Championship national title. This will be the first attempt at a national title for driver Josh Wimpey who is excited to mix it up with the best teams from across the country as they race in and around the Grand Canyon from November 8th through 11th. “I’ve never done a race out west. We are super excited to have earned an invitation to the national championship and we hope to demonstrate that we deserve it by placing high in Nevada,” stated the enthusiastic driver.

Once again ready for action and servicing for the Wimpey team was Delta-V Motorsports www.deltavmotorsports.com. Quantum Rally Sport is proud to continue a partnership with Delta-V as well as with NGP Racing of Aberdeen, MD www.ngpracing.com, Victory By Design Graphics www.VBDgraphics.com , Bildon Motorsports www.bildon.com, ProMaxx Chemicals and L and E Fabrication www.LandEFab.com.

Photo coutesy of Pete Kuncis at www.onalimbracing.com.

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