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Mountain Trials Rally

June 18, 2005
Merritt, BC, Canada

Round 3 of the 2005 Western Canadian Rally Championship (WCRC)

Event:
Rallying returns to the hills of Merritt this weekend at the Specialty Subaru Mountain Trials Rally, round three of the 2005 Western Canadian Rally Championship (WCRC). Performance rally cars from around Western Canada and the Northwest United States will be racing on a tight, challenging gravel road course in the heart of BC's interior.

This event is sanctioned by the Canadian Association of Rallysport (CARS), and is part of the WCRC, and the Cascade Cup for 2wd cars in the Pacific Northwest Region.

When & where:
June 18, 2005, Merritt, BC.

Headquarters & Press Room:
Friday, June 17, 2005
16:00-22:00
Best Western Nicola Inn
4025 Walters St.
Merritt, BC
www.nicolainn.com
Phone: 1-800-663-2830,
or 250-378-4253.

Saturday, June 18, 2005
10:30-11:30 only (will be mobile at other times)
Active Mountain Spectator Stages
Midday Valley Rd.
Merritt, BC
Ph: 604-808-0536

Schedule (subject to change):
Friday June 17th
16:00-22:00 Registration (Best Western Nicola Inn)

Saturday June 18th
06:30-07:30 Late Registration (Best Western Nicola Inn)
07:30-09:30 Scrutineering & Technical Inspection
10:30-11:30 Parc Exposé (cars on display at Active Mountain)
11:00-11:30 Mandatory meeting for all seed 5 & 6 teams
11:30-12:00 Drivers' meeting & introduction of officials
12:00 Start of First Leg (Active Mountain course)
20:00 Rally Finish & Podium
21:00 Dinner and Awards (Middlesboro Pub)

Format:
Events in the WCRC consist of flat-out rally racing on challenging mountain and forest roads. No practice is allowed. Unlike circuit racing, competitors generally see the course for the first time as they race it. At every moment the driver and co-driver must be ready for what may be around the next curve!

Performance rallies consist of roads designated as "special stages" and "transit sections". Special stages are run flat-out against the clock and are closed to public traffic. Transit sections are the routes linking together the special stages in which teams must obey all traffic laws.

Performance rally vehicles are production-based cars and trucks from manufacturers around the world. They compete both for the overall victory and wins within a class structure that groups together vehicles with similar performance. Each vehicle carries a driver and a co-driver / navigator. Using a detailed route book and a sophisticated rally computer, the co-driver keeps the team on-course and advises the driver of any hazards noted in the route book. This role is as critical as the driver's skill, since the team is traveling at full racing speeds over roads they have never seen before.

Selected entries:
- Current 2005 WCRC leader, and Vancouver native, Scott Trinder in his Open Class all-wheel drive turbocharged Subaru WRX, with Bill Westhead co-driving. Trinder is a seasoned competitor and has been rallying for many years, yet he appeared to struggle during recent outings in his newest vehicle: a right-hand drive Subaru WRX-RA rally special edition. However, any doubts about Trinder's ability to find some speed in his new car were put to rest two weeks ago when he and Westhead won the second round of the WCRC, winning every stage in the process.

- 2004 Mountain Trials rally third place finisher, and Washington native, Gary Cavett in his Open Class Subaru Impreza Turbo. Last year Cavett maintained a brisk pace and successfully fended off challenges from series regulars to earn a well-deserved podium finish.

- A trio of late entries from Washington includes a "who's who" of local speed merchants: Erik Lyden will be driving his very trick Subaru Legacy, with Jay Socha of California co-driving; Nat Stow, another past Mountain Trials rally competitor, will bring his front-wheel drive Mazda 323, with Canuck Ben Bradley of Oregon co-driving; and Cascade Autosport principal Peter Van Bogart is bringing his Mitsubishi EVO VII RS with Alan Perry co-driving.

- Also slated to appear at this year's Mountain Trails Rally is Western Canada's youngest competitor, and Deep Cove native, Chad Manley, with Warwick Patterson co-driving, in a two-wheel drive Volkswagen Golf. Manley moved up to this car last year, having spent 2003 thrashing an older rear-wheel drive Toyota Celica. After a series of early disappointments, Manley finished tenth overall here at the Mountain Trials Rally.

Of additional interest:
- Through infrastructural support provided by Active Mountain Resorts (AMR), developers of the Active Mountain Raceway and resort project in Merritt, the 2005 Mountain Trials event will feature a challenging spectator stage right near town. Rally organizers and AMR are working together to help bring the rallying experience closer to fans. Details on the raceway and resort project can be found at www.amraceway.ca

- PIAA Corporation has also come on board as a supporter of this year's event. PIAA is a global manufacturer of halogen lamp and lighting systems. Their professional quality lights are commonly used on performance rally cars, creating a natural fit with the event.

- As the third round of six in the 2005 WCRC, teams will arrive in Merritt having hit their stride in the race for the championship. Fans can expect to see a heated battle for overall honours as valuable points are at stake.

- New to the rally this year is the inclusion of the Cascade Cup Championship for two-wheel drive vehicles. This grass roots competition features entrants from around Alberta, BC, Washington and Oregon in their front and rear wheel drive machines. Close racing action and a wilder "drifting" style of driving are just some of the features in this group.

- Growing interest in BC rallies has been demonstrated by the number of outsiders making the trip to Merritt. Competitors and volunteers from Alberta, Manitoba and the US help round out a healthy group of local participants. The community of Merritt has also responded to this interest by extending a warm welcome to these visitors.

2005 Western Canadian Performance Rally Championship
Date.......Event............Place.........Regional Rally Winners

Mar 12-13..Cochrane Rally..Cochrane, AB..Norm LeBlanc/Keith Morison
May 28-29..Rocky Mountain..Calgary, AB...Scott Trinder/Bill Westhead
June 18....Mountain Trials.Merritt, BC
Sept 18.....Bighorn Rally....Edson, AB
Oct 15-16.Pacific Forest...Merritt, BC
Nov 5-6.....Kananaskis Rally.Bragg Creek, AB

Contact:
Paul Westwick - Organizer
Pre-event: (604) 682-3296; e-mail: paul AT rallybc DOT com
At event: (604) 617-4132

Ken Kwong, Event Spokesperson
(604) 808-0536; e-mail: ken AT rallybc DOT com

Spectator Guide:

Will be available at registration, OR downloaded here (PDF file):
www.rallybc.com/MtTrials/2005/MTR05_SpectatorInfo.pdf

Additional Resources:

Canadian Association of Rallysport http://209.250.151.132/CARSRally

West Coast Rally Association www.rallybc.com

Cascade Cup www.cascadeautosport.com/cascadecup

Merritt Chamber of Commerce http://merritt-chamber.bc.ca/index2.html

2005 BC Rally Supporters:

Specialty Subaru www.specialty.subarudealer.ca

Rocket Rally www.rocketrally.com

Driver's Edge Autosport www.driversedgeautosport.com

Helius Rally Odometers www.heliusdesigns.com

Wilkinson's Automobilia www.eautomobilia.com

Western Driver www.westerndriver.com

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Bill Westhead
Communications & Media Relations
2005 Mountain Trials Rally
http://www.rallybc.com
 
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