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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: WILSON VON KESSLER
MARCH 15, 2004 E-mail: [email protected]

OFFICIAL 2004 RALLY TENNESSEE STAGE RALLY PREVIEW
ROUND TWO OF THE EASTERN STATES RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP

Knoxville, TN ? Rally Tennessee, the second round of the 2004 Eastern States Rally Championship [ESRC] will take place this weekend on the gravel roads of the Cherokee National Forest outside of Cleveland, Tennessee. The ESRC, a series of seven events in the Eastern US, while covering a geographical area larger than the FIA European Championship, provides a domestic US championship drawing the top names in US rally, without the time and expense required for a national assault.

With a large number of US licensed rally drivers concentrated in the Eastern US, the Rally Tennessee entry list reads like a whose who of the US rally world, and guarantees close competition in this weekend?s event. Saturday?s forecast is for mostly sunny skies with highs in the mid to upper 60s which should allow some fast and close battles on the dry and smooth forest roads.

The event has a large Prototype One (P1) field, made up of turbo four wheel drive vehicles with very few restrictions on preparation. Odds on favorites are Seamus Burke and co-driver Charles Bradley in their Mitsubishi EVO VIII coming into the event with the Championship points lead, but look for a number of well know competitors to challenge his dominance, including Tom Lawless and co-driver Jason Gillespie in another EVO, national championship contender Jonathan Bottoms with co-driver Carolyn Bosley in a Subaru WRX, as well as a host of others.

The smaller developmental Prototype Two (P2) field should put at least one team in the top ten overall. Made up of normally aspirated four wheel drive vehicles, the best bet is on Randy Zimmer with co-driver Russell Strate, who are leading the Championship in that class.

Also expected to finish high in the standings are a number of Super Stock (SS) competitors. This limited preparation class, dominated by showroom stock versions of the P1 cars, should see excellent runs by Eric Langbein with co-driver Jeremy Wimpey in their GT4 Toyota, Charles McCrary with co-driver Darrell Krueger in their venerable Mitsubishi Galant VR-4, and potential spoilers Eoin McGeough as well as Robert Wall and co-driver Eric Adams, both in WRXs.

The Modified One (M1) field, made up of large bore and turbo open preparation two wheel drive vehicles, the Modified Two (M2) field, made up of small bore open preparation two wheel drive vehicles, and the Stock (S) field should provide a close battle with Mark Bowers and co-driver Duffy Bowers in their Mitsubishi Starion, Justin Pritchard and co-driver Kim DeMotte in their nicely prepped VW Golf, as well as Jeff Field and co-driver Michael Hordijk in their late-model Celica, who proved they could run with the big boys last round.

Organizer John K. Shirley is excited about the event. ?The rally should prove to be a real battle, with some excellently matched drivers, and excellent road conditions as well,? he commented, ?with this level of competition, It will be interesting to see if Seamus can hold onto the points lead.?

ESRC Series Coordinator Dr. Kendall Russell of Rally Promotions, LLC, also gave the event high praise. ?With a thirty plus car field, and a number of teams having had to skip this round, we know both this event, as well as the Championship will provide some of the best competition seen on this side of the Atlantic.?

The 2004 running of the Rally Tennessee is sanctioned by NASA Rally Sport, organized by John K. Shirley, Dr. Kendal Russell, and Rally Promotions, LLC, and constitutes Round Two of the ESRC, coordinated by Rally Promotions, LLC. For more information, visit www.rallytennessee.com, www.nasarallysport.com, or contact Dr. Kendall Russell of Rally Promotions, LLC at 10406 Lovell Center Dr. Knoxville, TN 37922; Office: (865) 671-1133; E-mail: [email protected].
 

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>I'm going to start calling Bob Wall "The Spoiler" from now
>on. :)

Anders:

You're just jealous that you didn't get the mention this time. }>

Thanks for all your help in getting this event put together.

Wilson
 

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Does anybody know what the deal is with Tuglu/Karamete ?

It shows off road on stage 1. Any info about what happened and how they are will be appreciated.

Cheers

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News Flash!! After perusing the results, I see that Rally Tennessee is being run without Co-Drivers! Must be taped course notes.
 

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>Does anybody know what the deal is with Tuglu/Karamete ?
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>It shows off road on stage 1. Any info about what happened
>and how they are will be appreciated.
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>Cheers
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>M.Samli

They went wide in a Left 3 and ended up completely off the road and down a bank. Driver and co-driver were uninjured. Car is a different story. It impacted a tree on the co-driver's side A pillar and firewall area which was crushed in, making that pretty silver car a total loss.
 

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>what happened to Langbein/Wimpey they are not listed
>anywhere not even DNS???

You probably know by now, but they went off completely off a bank on SS2. Our super sweep Hummer H1 pulled the car out without damage, and they were allowed to continue running the rest of the competition, but unfortunately, were time barred as a result of the time lost on that stage.

Boy, that is a fast car!
 

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RE: ESRC - Rally Tennessee Preview: Official results

- Thanks, Jean-Georges

- Great job as usual!

PS. Kids - before you spend your college $$ on 4WD check out what kind of car's THIRD OVERALL. Got it?
 

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RE: ESRC - Rally Tennessee Preview: Official results

>PS. Kids - before you spend your college $$ on 4WD check out
>what kind of car's THIRD OVERALL. Got it?

Want more inspiration??? Look at fifth overall! Dang! Incredible drive there!!!!
 

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RE: ESRC - Rally Tennessee Preview: Official results

Race report can be found under press releases on the features page.
 

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RE: ESRC - Rally Tennessee Preview: Official results

Looks like Jason Gillespie was very busy sitting with both Tommy Lawless and Eoin McGeough all at the same time.
 

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RE: ESRC - Rally Tennessee Preview: Official results

Diane

Eoin's planned co-driver became sick after the first two stages.
Tom Lawless had withdrawn from the event so Jason Gillespie was available.
As Clerk of the Course I asked the other drivers (in class) if this was acceptable and they agreed. I asked the Steward of the event to allow the change per GRR Article 2.6.1 and he agreed so the change was allowed. It was a fair sporting decision.

John K. Shirley
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Rally Tennessee
 

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RE: ESRC - Rally Tennessee Preview: Official results

Anders,
Thanks for the compliment and also for the gas. I had enough to get home on. Yes, I drove it there, rallied all day, and drove it back home. Also, Thanks to everyone who made the rally possible, the workers, and John Shirley.

Randy Bailey...balljoints intact
 

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While we're on the 'whatever happened to' line:

Whatever happened to Brosnan/Murray, Nissan Sentra, M2 class?

Saw they were on the Entry list, but no mention of them in any of the results list (including the DNS listing).

Anyone got a report on them? Was interested in seeing how they would do in this event after winning their class at SandHills.
 

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Don called me Thursday afternoon and said the engine broke.
We'll see him at Rally New York.

John K. Shirley
Rally Promotions, L.L.C.
 

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RE: Isuzu rules!

- An other good showing by "ISUZU Joe" who made those who made so much fun of his choice of car eat an other crow...
 

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RE: Isuzu rules!

>- An other good showing by "ISUZU Joe" who made those who
>made so much fun of his choice of car eat an other crow...

Topi, nobody ever made fun of anybody's choice of an Isuzu.
What some people did suggest is that parts might be scarce, and that they had not been shown to have any serious competition background, and some guy who is a Isuzu specialty supplier, who readily addmittted he had never been to a rally in his life posted stacks of links to obscure places where Isuzus were shown, when one read the results, to be finishing 2nd or 3rd from last, and this is in places such as Northern territories of Australia, Namibia, etc.

The kid who asked the question which started that long thread, "the Ute", said he had gotten the car in lieu of payment of a 400 buck debt and rather early on said that if this guy who was the speciaist supplier was who he would have to deal with, then he wasn't interested in building the car.
Even that didn't stop the guy from continuing to insult and ridicule guys with 15+ years building some OK successful cars.

I might suggest gently that the high placing might also show the rather un-spastacular driving of those with better cars, some of those Sububitchis and Misterburus rather than remarkable driving by the 2wd boys.

A certain Orange Honda with a driver in his 4th event if I am not mistaken was putting MINUTES per stage on the Isuzu a few weeks ago.
I AM NOT slighting Bailey, just suggesting there are some relative differences in levels of competition in different regions, and the SE is not one of the hot spots of US rally competiton.





John Vanlandingham
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