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With ground reporters at Ocean Shores, WA relaying feeds back to MaxAttack! headquarters in Bentheim, MI, welcome to the NEWS thread for the MaxAttack! event at Olympus Rally 2011.

This event is the first round of the 2011 MaxAttack! Rally Series presented by Danza del Sol Winery. The MaxAttack! series is a shootout style championship that pits the best 2WD rally drivers and cars from across North America against each other to see who is the fastest team on gravel.

The series consists of two "qualifiers," one in the eastern half of the US and one in the west, followed by a "shootout" placed as close to the center of the country as possible. This gives teams of varying resources the opportunity to run for a very competitive and meaningful championship. MaxAttack! events are usually won by a scant few seconds, as the continent's best teams are fighting to the last mile of the last stage.

The winner of the shootout series is bestowed the prestigious Jake Himes Cup. Jake Himes was a founder of the MaxAttack! series and his principles and vision still guide it's direction. Particularly, his desire to see good, fun, meaningful competition for all involved in 2WD rally.

Danza del Sol is a provider of exceptional wines from beautiful Temecula Valley, CA. Visit their website to learn about their facilities, special events, and their exclusive wine club at www.danzadelsolwinery.com .

Sit tight...we've got some pre-rally reports coming in. We'll get them rolling in short order.

Special thanks to Charles Buren, Kristen Tabor, and the NoCoast Productions team for help with rally coverage this weekend.
 

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-The drama starts early at Olympus. Last night, a fire broke out in the service rig of Brian McGuire and Jennifer Kraus. A quick thinking person in the parking lot grabbed a fire extinguisher, broke the window, and got the fire under control before the fire department arrived. Luckily, all the spares and tools for the #419 BMW 325i are safe, and the rig isn't too badly scorched. Let's hope the rest of the rally goes smoothly for the pair after a close call!

-On even the most meticulously maintained rally cars, sometimes things get by you in the shop and surprise you as you're shaking down the car at a rally. This happened to the #258 Honda Civic of Kris and K. Edward Dahl. Kris ran the car at the GRC Rallycross event in WA two weeks ago and bent a control arm. The team missed it until they got to Olympus. They got it changed last night and are ready to go.
 

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Pre-rally quotes from some MaxAttackers from Parc Expose:

-Andrew Comrie Picard (ACP)- Scion xD- "...cautiously optimistic." (Quoted last night while aiming lamp pod.)

-Dillon Van Way- Ford Fiesta- "We are shooting for first overall!"

-Kristen Tabor- Acura RSX-S- "I'm looking forward to running these roads with notes for the first time after running these roads for years on only a route book."

-Wyatt Knox- Mazda Mazdaspeed3- "We need to podium, but we are going for the win!"

-Dave Hintz- BMW M3- "I want to make it to the night stages. Call to see how I do with no rally lights at all!"

-Don Burress- VW GTI- "Go fast or go home."

-Adam Crane- Toyota Corolla- "The car has a new name...'Patches'."

-Dave Clark- Toyota Celica- "The transmission is working poorly...it upshifts very slowly."

-Nick Allen- Ford Focus- "I bought the car on Wednesday and it came pre-rolled."
 

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-The cars left Parc Expose starting at 9am, and do Palix 1 stage for their first test. The stage is 5.6 miles long, and they have a service immediately after. We'll be looking for reports from that service to get some early impressions. The same stage is re-run (Palix 2) right after the 30 minute service.

-Tough start for the #86 Toyota Corolla of Blake Lind and Joel Pacello. The car's alternator failed on the way to the first stage. They are at O'Reilly Auto Parts trying to locate a replacement. Not looking good. Since Adam Crane runs the same car and has a spare, they are now trying to purchase a charged deep cycle battery to get them through SS1 and to service where they can hopefully get the spare from Adam.
 

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-We've just heard that Blake Lind and Joel Pacello's Toyota Corolla was the first MaxAttack! casualty of 2011. They are up against the "Maximum Permitted Lateness" (MPL) limit and are now just trying to get straight to service. They'll run tomorrow's regional rally after some repairs, but missing a stage takes them out of MaxAttack! contention for the weekend. Best of luck getting it repaired guys, and enjoy your day tomorrow!
 

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-John Dillon is a very familiar face to the US rally community, having codriven for some of the most accomplished drivers in the country throughout his career. This weekend he's sitting to the right of a relative newcomer in Nick Allen's #118 Ford Focus. Nick started rallying just last year and has taken to learning the craft of stage driving seriously, and with a veteran navvie calling the notes, is sure to advance throughout the weekend if they keep it tidy.
 

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Thanks Eric. We haven't been able to find a alternator anywhere in town and Adam Crane's wouldn't work on our car. We did find a very nice Finnish gentelman to rebuild ours. He also told me the secrets for being a good rally driver...empty head and a heavy foot.We're going to try and get back out there for the last couple stages today and tomorrow.

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Lots of early rally carnage to report, as the teams are clearly pushing the limits of their skills and equipment chasing after the $5,000.00 purse:

-#190 Jason Staats/Billy Irvin (Nissan Sentra SE-R Spec V) is out with a broken control arm/crash. Both guys are okay physically.

-#600 Dillon Van Way/Jake Blattner broke a driveshaft on the turbocharged Ford Fiesta. They are using the Sadev sequential gearbox from the R2 package, so the car uses special driveshafts. According to the report, they did not bring a spare, so they are finished for the weekend. Dillon: "It was fun while it lasted."

-#20 Andrew Comrie-Picard/Robbie Durant reports having some ECU glitches causing driveability issues in the Scion xD. He figures he lost 10-15 seconds on SS1, but says "the Palix stage was gnarly fun!"

-#118 Nick Allen/John Dillon lost a radiator hose connection which bled out all the Ford Focus's coolant with expected results. They are done for the weekend.

-#437 Tom Burress/Don Burress report that they are "lacking confidence" in the engine of their Volkswagen GTI. They're chasing a misfire and there is a fair amount of visible oil coming out of the breather.

-#222 Bruce Tabor/Tim Maple came into the second service of the day with a clattering broken strut mount on their Nissan Sentra SE-R. The team was able to successfully change it out at service and they're continuing to SS3.

-Two teams suffered intercom loss on SS1, but both got them going again at the first service. The teams with advanced sign language skills are #231 Kristen Tabor/Janice Tabor (Acura RSX-S) and #258 Kris Dahl/K. Edward Dahl (Honda Civic).

-#141 Sean Medcroft/Jenne Medcroft had a wild ride on SS2, when they spun their Merkur XR4Ti at speed. Sean figures they lost about 10 seconds in the ordeal, but they're doing fine.

-Competing in their very first rally EVER, #206 Dustin Embrey/Jeffrey Stoner (Toyota Corolla) made a couple rookie mistakes, but are happy to be learning the ropes quickly. The team checked in early to a timing control which will net them some road points (penalty time) at the end of the day, and they had an agricultural excursion on SS2. They're getting themselves sorted and look forward to SS3.
 

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-#214 Phil Meyers/Tracy Manspeaker are gambling a bit. The shift linkage on their Volkswagen GTI broke, and the team had to stop and fix it on a hot stage. They figure they lost about 6 minutes, but, trying not to lose any more time, they left their sump guard on the stage. The service crew has the shift linkage in good order now, but with no skid plate over the Washington rocks, they they are definitely rolling the rally dice!
 

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-After the second service, the teams do a leg of 4 stages that do a big "out and back." The teams are on these stages right now.

-SS3- Smith Creek East (6.6 miles)
-SS4- Brooklyn East (7.0 m)
-SS5- Brooklyn West (7.0 m)
-SS6- Smith Creek West (6.6 m)​

The Brooklyn stage is a classic in PNW rallying. A mainline road with relatively smooth gravel and very good camber characteristics, it encourages a team with the confidence to push. The corners are almost banked, and will reward a driver with the will to attack them. It's a favorite of local rallyists and visitors alike.
 

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MAXATTACK! SCORES AFTER 2 STAGES:

-After the early day stages, the #333 Mazda Mazdaspeed3 of Wyatt Knox and Ole Holter are in the 1st ($1,500.00) position with very consistent stage scores...a 5:41.9 on SS1 and a 5:41.3 on SS2 (same stage)!

-Despite belching a little more oil from the breather than the Demon boys are comfortable with, Tom and Don Burress have only given up 22 seconds to Wyatt in their #437 Volkswagen GTI, which for now puts them in the 2nd ($1,200.00) position.

-Just 11 seconds back from the Demon Brothers, ACP and Robbie Durant are pedaling the #20 Scion xD in 3rd (1,000.00) position.

-As has been seen so many times before in nearly every MaxAttack! rally to date, the 4th ($800.00) and 5th ($500.00) MaxMoney positions are totally up for grabs! Right now, we have a 4-way battle for 4th/5th between #466 Brian Gottlieb/Patrick Darrow (Honda Civic), #742 Adam Crane/Britta Nielsen (Toyota Corolla), #711 Dave Henderson/Terrence McDowell (Mazda Mazda3), #207 Dave Hintz/Richard Hintz (BMW M3), with just 4 seconds covering Gottlieb, Crane, and Henderson, while Hintz is a another 9 seconds back from them.

-And the pack doesn't have any comfort room, either! Right behind them, a scant 5 seconds cover #141 Sean Medcroft/Jenne Medcroft (Merkur XR4Ti), #96 Garth Ankeny/Russ Kraushaar (Saab 96), and #258 Kris Dahl/K. Edward Dahl (Honda Civic) too!

As usual, MaxAttack! brings out the competitive drive in our great 2WD teams!
 

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-A little more information on the #190 Jason Staats/Billy Irvin crash. The team carried too much speed into an R5 into L3, and it sent the Nissan Sentra SE-R Spec V into the forest. We're glad they're okay.

-The Hintz Brothers, who are currently fighting just a few seconds down for the last MaxMoney position, are reportedly suffering from a slipping clutch in the #207 BMW M3. Let's hope they are able to nurse it through until they get to a long enough service stop to get it swapped.
 

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Good reports Eric. Something to think about for the next event. With big gaps in the results due to four stages being run with no scoring, you should be getting Tweets or text messages from people on stage. For example, when I am spectating on stage, I am timing all of the cars. I am sure others are doing this. If you had someone on stage timing just the MA cars, you could be receiving messages every few minutes on who is doing what and reposting them here. Of course, this all assumes that there is cell coverage on the stages and this will vary from event to event and stage to stage. Might be worth trying at NEFR.
 

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Good idea, Doug, but I'm barely keeping up as it is! :) I need my little breaks to re-edit every update into a <140 character tweet!

Also, If you wish, All of these updates are also available at www.max-attack.com (Thanks again, Shenan!)

Yes, if anyone can provide scores from the forests, I'd love to get them!

Also, I just type up what I get. The guy doing the heavy lifting this weekend is Charles Buren. So far, he's doing an EXCELLENT job of keeping me informed!

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There was a sad incident at Olympus Rally today.

Here is Rally America's statement:
http://rally-america.com/news/934/

Our condolences to the Marker family and to our entire extended family of rally people. We're going quiet tonight and we'll see what the morning brings.

Take care of each other.
 
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