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    You can get results at either of the following locations:

    http://www.daronhume.com/max-attack

    http://www.rally-america.com/events/...lts/standings/

    Hopefully we'll get some updates soon for Saturday; it sounds like there are some interesting things going on.

    Ben

    PS: Just heard from Eric, he is back in cell range. Lots of stuff going on, so hang tight while I get it all typed up. Hopefully will have a post here in about 20 minutes.
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    Before we begin Day 2 coverage for MaxAttack!, here are some updates from Friday action.

    -Michael Gillespie and Brian Kirby had a gearbox let go early in the rally. It is shame to see their classic Mark II Escort out of the rally so quickly.

    -Also out early was the Acura Integra of Bradford Ames and Mike Kent. On the very first stage, their distributor blew up and they were done.

    -Michael White and George Loef blew a head gasket, and are running Saturday just for fun. They think they damaged the motor on their SAAB 900, though.

    -Kristin Pryzybysz and Meghan Roy replaced their damaged wheel bearing. They also blew out their lower radiator hose. They borrowed another one from Kevin Turner, but when they re-filled the coolant the system was not adequately burped. Alas their Subaru Impreza overheated, and they were forced to withdraw from the rally.

    On to Saturday...

    Cars left the Sunday River ski area, with their first stop being a short one-mile Super Special in Errol, New Hampshire. There then followed two stages, Sturtevant Pond Long (19.5 miles) and Sturtevant Pond Short (16.2 miles) before teams returned to Errol for service.

    A common theme throughout the field (all-wheel-drive and MaxAttack!) is skid plate damage and resulting oil pan problems due to the rough nature of some of the stages.

    Going into the day, Chris Duplessis was leading Andrew Comrie-Picard, with Dillon Van Way holding on to third.

    -Andrew Comrie-Picard and Jeremy Wimpey had their Scion XD towed in to service. They pushed the skid plate up and cracked the oil pan as they crossed the finish line of Stage 9. They also broke a down pipe. The Scion is fixed with a new pipe and oil pan and is ready to head back out. The team commented that the stages were extremely rough.

    -Verena Mei and Keith Morison rolled their Ford Fiesta on the very first corner of the Errol Super Special. The windshield was damaged to the point that they were not able to continue.

    -The Maine-based duo of Michael Reilly and Josh Benthien in a Ford Focus broke a CV joint, on the other side from the one they broke last night. This was also on the Errol stage. Alas this also meant retirement from their home event.

    -Chris Duplessis and Karl Atkinson bent a tie rod on their Ford Fiesta R2, and did not have a spare. They straightened out the part to continue. They were seen leaving the Errol service area with fresh front tires, with the goal to get on the overall rally podium.

    -Dillon Van Way and Jake Blattner are bringing their Ford Fiesta in to service clean every time. They are having no problems and are just performing routine maintenance. They commented that the stages are rough, but that the Ford is handling it well.

    -Martin Walter and Ferd Trauttmansdorff did well last night in their Nissan 240SX, holding fourth in MaxAttack!. However, on Sturtevant Pond Long the team suffered two flat tires. Luckily they did have two spares on board and were able to keep going, but the front flat made the car undrivable, so the team had to stop on stage to change the flats. They lost a lot of time.

    -Greg Healey and Cindy Krolikowski have not had many problems with their classic Datsun 280Z. They were able to secure a replacement intercom from Robert Sockalexis (Kevin Turner's co-driver), so communications are much better today.

    -Wyatt Knox and Ole Holter also suffered an oil pan problem, resulting in a small engine fire and a DNF for their Mazdaspeed3. They also never did get their fuel delivery problems solved from last night.

    -Luke Sorenson and Seth Strait also smashed in a skid plate on their SAAB 99. They discovered a very bad ball joint after hitting a big rock and going airborne. They also have an intermittent fuel delivery problem, which they reckon have cost them about six minutes.

    -The VW Rabbit of Justin Carven and Geoff Clark also has a bent skid plate and oil pan leak. The team is working on fixing the leak; otherwise they just plan to carry a lot of oil.

    -The Erik Potts and Steven Case Ford Focus is also suffering from a damaged skid plate and oil pan.

    -It has been a busy weekend for the Dirty Drifters team of Brian Gottlieb and Patrick Darrow. The service crew has been keeping busy with creative problem solving to keep the Honda Civic going in the rally. According to the Facebook page of one of their service crew members, the Honda lost its skid plate on Friday. They fashioned a replacement out of lashed together polyethylene cutting boards hastily purchased at a local Walmart. Today they snapped a rear lateral link, and had to jury rig a repair. They also cracked the transmission case, and there is a steady leak of gearbox oil. They obtained a large funnel from the service crew of Subaru Rally Team USA, and taped it in the engine bay. This way that can pour gearbox oil directly into the transmission.

    -The Broken Motorsports Ford Fiesta of William Petrow and Jeremy Neyhart keeps breaking the rear bolts from their skid plate. They have been catching people and suffering in the dust. They replaced all four shocks last night, installing new Bilstein units. The car is working much better on those.

    -On Stage 9, Simon Wright and Angela Cosner hit a rock. The right front strut tower broke away from the body shell of their Ford Focus and punched up and damaged the hood. They are heading out to the forest to retrieve the stricken car.

    -Edward McNelly is a chief mechanic for Tim O'Neil, and is a major part of the effort that has put eight cars in the New England Forest Rally field. He and co-driver Pascal Belperron are driving one of them, a VW Golf. They broke a front tie rod, but they had a spare and were able to replace it and keep going.

    -Tim Chevalier and Alan Moody are happy with the shakedown of their new Merkur XR4ti. Despite the rough stages, they are having no problems and are going well.

    -Kevin Turner and Robert Sockalexis are having a good day in their Subaru Impreza. They have hit lots of stuff, but seem to be getting away with it. Their car is tough!

    There are 25 stage miles remaining in the event, the 13.2 miles of Fish Pond In and the 12.3 miles of Sturtevant out. A lot can happen in these remaining two stages! Stay tuned...
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    Great updates for 2WD
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    From the rally finish at the Sunday River Ski Resort...

    The five money-winners for the New England Forest Rally round of the MaxAttack! Series presented by the Danza Del Sol Winery are:

    1. Chris Duplessis/Karl Atkinson - Ford Fiesta R2 - $1500
    2. Andrew Comrie-Picard/Jeremy Wimpey - Scion XD - $1200
    3. Dillon Van Way/Jake Blattner - Ford Fiesta - $1000
    4. Kevin Turner/Robert Sockalexis - Subaru Impreza - $800
    5. Greg Healey/Cindy Krolikowski - Datsun 280Z - $500

    -We caught up with Jeremy Wimpey, who was co-driving for Andrew Comrie-Picard in the Scion XD. He gave us the lowdown on their rally weekend. They had a good start to the rally yesterday, although Chris Duplessis slapped them around on a few stages. They lost their oil pan on the third stage, and were towed into service by the Subaru WRX of Evan Cline and Greg Dorman. The crew fixed all that ailed the car within the half-hour service time, so they did not pick up any road points. A broken downpipe melted shifter cables and boost control cables, and they finished the rally with no third gear, no clutch, and no boost. The Scion is a solid car, although they backed off towards the end of the rally as they had a five-minute cushion over the third place car.

    -Dillon Van Way and Jake Blattner had no issues, and were happy to bring their Ford Fiesta home in one piece.

    -Chris Duplessis and Karl Atkinson had no troubles with their Ford Fiesta R2. Chris wanted to push hard to the finish, but good judgment got the better of him and he decided to back off.

    -Kevin Turner and Robert Sockalexis had no problems with their Subaru Impreza.

    -Greg Healey and Cindy Krolikowski had no issues with their Datsun 280Z, they kept it on the road and everything went well.

    -Luke Sorenson and Seth Strait welded a cap over their broken ball joint to keep it from blowing out, and their SAAB 99 was able to finish the rally.

    -The Greasecar VW Rabbit of Justin Carven and Geoff Clark was eight minutes late leaving the Errol service as they sought to shore up the leaking gear oil. Once out on the stage, the car mysteriously died. They traced the problem to a blown fuse, and got going again. They hit the brakes, and once again, the car mysteriously died. It turned out a brake lamp had broken and was shorting out, so when they hit the brakes it killed the engine. They finally figured out what was causing the problem and removed the bulb, but by that point they had lost about 14 minutes.

    -Tim Chevalier and Alan Moody broke another rim and bent three more, so they are ready to toss the stock Merkur XR4ti rims and try something else. They said the John Vanlandingham suspension worked extremely well in the rough conditions.

    -The adventures of Brian Gottlieb and Patrick Darrow continued on the latter stages. They got from service to the start of the penultimate stage, and poured two-and-a-half quarts of gear oil into the Honda Civic. They filled it again between the final two stages. On the last stage they took a Right 3 too wide and center-punched a tree, which damaged the radiator. Martin Walter and Ferd Trauttmansdorff stopped and pulled them back on to the road, and they were able to make it to the end of the stage. On the final transit back to Sunday River, the Honda died due to the lack of coolant. It just so happened that where the car died, Walter and Trauttmansdorff had stopped to take a swim in an inviting lake. The Nissan crew towed the Honda all the way back to Sunday River so they could be counted as finishers, a distance of over 50 miles.

    -Speaking of Martin Walter and Ferd Trauttmansdorff, they collapsed a right front strut towards the end of the rally, and were gingerly picking their way through the remaining stages; thus the willingness to help out Gottlieb and Darrow. And the nice swim.

    -William Petrow and Jeremy Neyhart broke another rear skid plate bolt on their Ford Fiesta after service; then they broke a front skid plate bolt. By the time they made it back to Sunday River the skid plate was hanging on by just one bolt. They also hit something that both flattened their exhaust and dented their fuel tank. Petrow says the Fiesta is a great car, and he is looking forward to bringing it to the Lake Superior Rally in Michigan for the MaxAttack! season finale.

    So ends the second round of the 2011 MaxAttack! Rally Series presented by the Danza del Sol Winery. MaxAttack! would like to thank all the rally participants and volunteers, the New England Forest Rally organizers for being so accommodating, World Rally Sport, and Rally America. We look forward to seeing you all in Michigan in October!

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    Great updates, Ben! Amazing number of problems, and good job capturing the press on regardless spirit of rally.

    I also laughed out loud at this one: "It just so happened that where the car died, Walter and Trauttmansdorff had stopped to take a swim in an inviting lake." Another reason to love rally!

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    To all at Maine, sounds like it was a car buster.

    Well, we here at LSPR think you will enjoy the route and a two day event. We plan a big bang for your buck event.

    I have in my hot 91 degree UP summer day a tent list of stages, (I will not at this time give them out so don't ask) All I can say is you will get a taste of everything the LSPR
    name has to offer. But I feel very confident that most if not all Max Attackers will finish, that is if you prep and plan ahead. No rear car busters, but some excitment here and there.

    I hope to have more details along with an updated Schedule and hotel info on our web site so keep a close eye there. We are so pleased to again be the RC/RA Regional Finals and the 3rd and final round of the 2011 Max Attack rally season. We are working hard in our plans to give you a great event and a great time in the UP. But as always plan for any weather.

    Congrats to those that finished, and good luck next time to those that did not, but come to LSPR for a great weekend.

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    HUGE THANKS to Ben Bradley for composing and typing up the updates from my phone reports! Big thanks also to all the MaxAttackers for supplying me with the stories, to Mary, Ananda, Al, JB, Paul, Bob, Will, Frank, Mike, Rob, and Beryl Ann for all the help. Also, to Pete, Matt, and Warwick for the help in telling the story visually. And of course to Ted and Tim for providing a great event.

    What a rally!
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    As promised, the 'busa Swift:





    Chevalier's trophy from day 1: (He made another one on day 2!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by deano View Post

    Well, we here at LSPR think you will enjoy the route and a two day event. We plan a big bang for your buck event...
    Thanks Dean! I look forward to talking with you later this week.

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