After coming off of the mid season summer break Colorado Rally Cup teams were eager to get back to racing as the season heads into the home stretch. Especially eager to get back to Colorado Rally Cup competition was the husband and wife team of Dave and Allison Kern who were keen to capitalize on their impressive fifth overall and dominant class win at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.

“We built the car to run Pikes Peak as our first priority. To do as well as we did at Pikes Peak was a real vindication, and now that we don’t have to worry about damaging the car and missing Pikes Peak we can really put the rest of our 2008 energies into the Colorado Rally Cup events,” stated driver Dave Kern.

With the mid season break over the teams turned their focus to the Lands End Hill Climb based just outside of Grand Junction, CO, and there was a definite air of newly found confidence and freedom for many teams. After a day of practice and qualifying on Saturday promising road conditions and strong battles for second and third in Rally All-Wheel Drive, and second, third, and fourth in Rally Two-Wheel Drive. Class leaders Dave and Allison Kern in Rally All-Wheel Drive and John Conley and Jason Herlache in Rally Two-Wheel Drive were proving too fast for their class competition to catch and were favored to continue the trend of setting new class records at each previous event.

As the dust settled after the race runs were complete on Sunday records were left to the wayside. Dave and Allison Kern smashed the Rally All-Wheel drive record posting two times besting the 2007 record of Todd and Raymond Moberly of 5:03.91 with a final new record setting time of 4:52.89. The Rally Two-Wheel Drive record also fell to John Conley and co-driver Jason Herlache as they bested their 2007 record of 5:35.59 with a new record time of 5:33.96.

The teams will now prepare themselves for the final two events of the Colorado Rally Cup season with the Gold Camp II Hill Climb held September 6 and 7 in Victor, CO, and the season finale at Rally Colorado, held September 13 and 14, based out of Steamboat Springs, CO.

About the Colorado Rally Cup:
The Colorado Rally Cup is a multi-organizational championship. Formed by competitors for competitors entered teams compete in 8 events covering three different versions of rally sport based competition in three different classes. More information on the Colorado Rally Cup can be found at:

About the Colorado Hill Climb Association:
For 37 years the Colorado Hill Climb Association (CHCA) has been putting on a series of all dirt hill climbs in Colorado. Host to a variety of different classes the CHCA will offer its brand of high-speed dirt racing at five events promising something for just about every motorsport fan in the process. More information on the CHCA as well as detailed results can be found at:

Story & Photo (c)2008, Kevin Hahn



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