The forests in Kananaskis Country and the Porcupine Hills will be alive with activity this weekend as the Rocky Mountain Rally hosts the best rally drivers in North America for the second round of the Canadian Rally Championship. Thirty cars are scheduled to take the start on Stephen Avenue Mall Friday May 28. The cars will be on display from 11Am until they are started at 12:06, a minute apart.

Dark horse series leader Bruno Carre is among the teams battling for the win against the powerhouse teams of Patrick Richard and Alan Ockwell in their Subaru Canada backed STi and Antoine L’Estage and Nathalie Richard (Patrick’s sister) in their Rockstar Evo X. The series regulars are supported by a myriad of local teams, including 2009 Canadian PGT champions Hardy Schmidtke and Adam Vokes who will be debuting their new open class car at their home event.

Spectators will have the chance to see rally cars in their natural environment this year. In lieu of bringing the cars into the city for the spectator stages the organizers are bringing the spectators to the forest. Only an hour’s drive from downtown Calgary, The Jumping Pound Forest Demonstration Loop will be the spectator location this year. Located in the middle of a challenging 5 Km stage, the spectators will see the cars pass three times Friday evening, with the first pass just after 6 pm.

Saturday’s stages west of Claresholm in Southern Alberta feature amazing scenery and roads that will decide the winner of the event. The Skyline Ranch hosts the service park and the awards ceremony.

For more information:

Event Website: www.RockyMountainRally.com

The Canadian Association of Rallysport: www.CarsRally.ca

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