RSport Rally driver Scott Trinder and co-driver Bob Trinder will be competing at the 2010 Pacific Forest Rally this weekend. This event is Round 5 of the 2010 Canadian National Rally Championship and will be held October 1st and 2nd in Merritt, BC.

RSport Rally driver Scott Trinder finished this event on the podium in 3rd place overall last year against Canada’s top rally teams. In fact, the only two teams ahead of the privately entered RSport Rally Team were the top level factory drivers for Subaru Canada and Mitsubishi Canada respectively.

This year’s event will begin in the dark with night stages on Friday October 1st, followed by full daylight stages on Saturday October 2nd. “I really enjoy rallying at night and this year’s night stages include some really great roads,” remarked Scott.

The RSport Rally team will have their work cut out for them against the many more modern and powerful rally cars in the field of 24 entries. The team’s 1995 right-hand-drive Subaru WRX RA from Japan cannot be tuned, unlike most newer cars that can be re-programmed to generate over 300 horsepower and almost 500 foot-pounds of torque. “We have a significant power and torque deficit compared to our rivals,” admitted Scott. “There are three stages run uphill on Saturday and we know we will lose significant time there, so we will need to be pushing hard on Friday to try and build up a buffer,” said Scott

The RSport Rally Subaru produces around 225 horsepower and with about the same amount of torque – less than half that of the many Open class cars running at this event.

Trinder will face a second major hurdle with the notorious late-summer dust. The top five teams are typically given a two-minute “dust window”. This means that these cars will be released at two-minute intervals, while the rest of the cars are set off one minute apart. “In starting seventh on the road we will be facing the added challenge of the dust right from the start,” said Bob. “It’s like looking at a wall when all six of our PIAA Rally lights shine onto the dust cloud left by the car ahead,” Scott observed. “Often we will just turn them off as it can actually be easier to see through the dust without them on.”

However, the RSport Rally team faced similar challenges during the 2009 event yet still managed to finish on the podium.

“Scott has a keen sense of when to push and when to let the conditions dictate a steady pace to ensure a good finish,” said Bob.

“I am comfortable running at my own pace, but we do need a bit of luck to overcome the regulated dust penalty we face from the start,” stated Scott.

RSport Rally would like to thank: Ampco Grafix, Open Road Richmond Auto Body, Pacific Parts, Pennzoil, RMT Contracting, Dragon Optical, NGK, AMT Machine Shop, Techworks Engineering.

Photo: Andrew Snucins

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