Sylvain Ericson would have had engine problems in the second stage. One of his mechanics posted this:
mauvaise nouvelle pour tous nos supporteurs, moteur saute 2 ieme special on decent a Calgary aux petites heures pour des pieces pour reparer, je vous donne des nouvelles aussitot que l'on en sait plus. De l'equipe Erickson.
Free transalation: Bad news for all our supporters, the engine blew during the second stage. We're heading to Calagary for some parts for fixing it. I'll give you more news when I'll know more.
From a brief message from Keith .... but he didn't say who was leading ;-)
The weather is coolish, Ericksons blew their motor up yesterday, the mini went off and toasted the suspension, eric and leanne did a similar thing but seem to be still able to continue, Martin Burnley had an off, causing cosmetic damage to the drivers side of the car.
News from the stages -
Still 2 stages to go (I think)
Pat Richard - Flat tire damaged wiring harness, car quit
Ross Foster - Rolled
Peter Reilly - Mechanical
Chad Manley - Rolled
Andy Normey - Rolled
Adam Scrivens - Engine
Lestage - Turbo
Erickson - Engine
Standings - from spectators, so accuracy may be suspect.
>What are your plans for Rocky in terms of posting results as
>the event takes place?
We have some plans. Globalstar is providing some satellite phones to post and access results from the middle of no-where. Theoretically, we will have results and stories on the website and in the spectator areas.
Cross your fingers - there is lots of technology - just need people who know how to run it ;-)
DC rally team crashed 10 feet away from me, I missed it with my camera though. I dont think it was the crash that took them out, but on the Deer Hill spectator point, they went right into the outside bank HARD. but kept going. Some kid got a side marker as a gift from DC rally team
Ah, but that was only a small part of our weekend.
SS2 - With 6km to go, we had a brand new Michelin M5 delaminate on us. Drove out on the tire and still almost caught the car in front of us. Did lots of cosmetic damage to the car and left the rear bumper cover on the stage.
SS3 - About half way through the stage, we had a trailing arm fail at the ring that goes around the bushing on the upright. Finished the stage and, thanks to stellar work from a guy from the Subaru Canada rally team (I presume one of Pat's guys), we were able to continue. He went so very far out of his way to help us that I just couldn't believe it.
SS4 - At around 3.5km into the stage, we went into a long uphill right that tightened and got caught out by getting onto the crown of the road. We slid sideways through the ditch when something caught and the car went over and stayed over. We got out to warn folks because it looked like it was hard to see the car between the shade, dust and the blind corner. Sweep and spectators pushed us back over and we got back into it. The most damage was lots of cracks in the windscreen at the top.
The delay between the previous car and us caused a couple issues down the road. First, some spectators had gotten a little close to the road at a point where the car got a little tail happy and if Ross hadn't managed to save it ... The next one was even worse. A sponsor van was on the stage road, heading against rally traffic. And we were at full speed for the turn when we saw them. Luckily we saw them and no one stepped out from behind the van. Someone needs to remind folks that the stage is HOT until the sweep vehicle passes.
SS5 - This stage was at night and, despite a two-minute dust window, we were catching the dust of the car in front of us. Coming off of a straight into a medium left at speed, we didn't see the turn and went way off the road, up an embankment. We were going fast when we hit the bank. The sudden stop hurt a lot more than the rollover did.
When we pulled into service, we had so many people helping us repair to try and keep us in the rally that it was simply amazing. I don't know who everyone was or where to start with thanks, but thanks to all of you, whoever you were.
Ross looked over the stage time and noted that if we had had a competitive stage time on SS4 instead of rolling, we would have been around 6th overall. Instead we were second to last. Ross decided to cut his losses and not risk further damage to the car to fight at the end of the field and withdrew.
In addition to the thanks noted above, I also thank the organizers. They put on a great event up there and I strongly encourage any US competitor reading this to make the trip up next year.
Okay, National Results are up on the Bighorn Rally site. Click Reload to see 2003 results.
Sorry to all the people who feel we should provide the same level of service as the Quebec Rally. However, they have an army of hundreds, and sponsors with the equipment to provide the live updates.
Out here, we are a committee of 8 (yes, that's not a typo, we are 8 people) who put on the Bighorn Rally. If you would like to come out here and create an army of hundreds and bring the equipment and sponsors to provide the live updates for everyone, we would love it.
Until then, you'll just have to wait till the next day when we get home (the rally is 2 hours away from our homes) to see results.
On behalf of a very dedicated, passionate, overworked, underpaid, completely exhausted Bighorn Rally Committee