Lestage crashed out in a big way. Norm Leblanc was off road. Martin Donnely retired with engine problems. Nice weather, minimal dust, road was a little marbly, Thompson is probably leading followed by Cassidy, Nichols, Olsen, Zimmer, Sprongl, Jekosz, Bacon (I think, did not stick around after Blackfoot MX park stages).
Norm LeBlanc and Antoine L'Estage were tied at beginning of SS4. LeBlanc followed L'Estage off the line. In approx 17 km L'Estage went off, down at least 30 meters, and rolled...end over end. The line was "at least the doors were in good shape." Don't know whether LeBlanc/Morison saw him waayyyyy down there, but another 2km in LeBlanc didn't quite make a right corner, and took off cross-country. He made it over a small creek and a patch of bushes but crossed another creek about six feet across and hit the other bank. Smashed up front end. We towed Morison and car out. Morison was in some pain also. (How about them seatbelts, eh?) LeBlanc went in ambulance earlier, the remaining 10 km or so. Was air evaced to Foothills Hospital in Calgary in some pain and shivering. John Buffum went in with crew to bring out Tiburon. L'Estage and Napert were taken to Foothills Hospital by T. Epp.
Looks like a new, and unusual,podium for Rocky this year.
The second Escort Cossie through a piston, couple of flat tires, couple of time penalties for missing access to road to service, etc.
Will try to get results (and stories) up on SS on Saturday. No times posted for today, I believe.
I've got Roger Sanderson from Ontario here but here goes the latest info. Check the Rocky Mountain Rally website for results.
Link: http://www.bishop.ab.ca/CSCC/rocky/2005/results/index.htm Hot and dusty and remarkably quiet. Thomson/Hendrickson have a 2:19 lead with Cassidy/Getchell in second and Olsen/Patola in third, with a 13 second margin over Nichols/Schenk. Two more stages remaining as at 16:41 MDST.
Before the second Service Thomson said "I can't believe that the roads are more 'marbelly' than I'm used to. Talking to him the third service, he said "I'm having a great time. The road sweeping in getting easier but the race isn't over yet." (Two more stages remaining.)
John Cassidy said "We had a strong start; I'm pretty confident. After all we went from 15th last year (at the RMR) to second. The car is really working well. We had a booster leak last night but fixed it.
Another stage result to post. Check the RMR site and I will get back with some more quotes.
Back again with more info. Crews have 'bailed out' and are heading to the Ranch for the Awards, then 1 1/2 hours back to Calgary for Banquet. Excellent hamburgers and cold drinks for the Serice crews here at Wallace Outpost (if you plan on coming here next year...)
Check out the list of Retirements. Nothing on the Radio about any further 'offs'.
Randy Zimmer..."I wish I had something to say." (Which is unusual for him...) Everything is going great. The roads are great, the car is fine, I'm even getting used to the dust! Nothing we didn't expect. The ruts are a non-item."
Frank Sprongl..."Nothing to brag about." How's the Suzuki (after Quattro's and Mitsu's, etc.? "I need more power!!!"
Robert Jekosz/Tomasz Karzynski..."We've gone from four-wheel to two wheel. The centre diff is showing 263% lock-on! I guess that's a little high and we're now in two wheel."
Scoring is heading for the City so I guess we're out of here. If you have a specific question we'll be on from the Blackfoot Inn in Calgary in the nexzt couple of hours. Boy, this is Fun!
Canèt truely speak for the 2wd guys but the roads are so fast and the conditions good that traction is only an issue at the start and after chicanes.
(I followed Gord Olson in the order and heard wheelspin thru most of 3 gears tho.)
The elevation saps a lot of power, good thing because - check the averages - these roads are fast.
Movies will be up after I get home.
>The second Escort Cossie through a piston, couple of flat
>tires, couple of time penalties for missing access to road to
I guess that makes the Cossie that I was in the "first Cossie".
I was co-driving for Richard Penrose. We DNF'ed at the end of the second stage on Saturday with a variety of mechanical difficulties. The gearbox popped out of 4th gear once when one of Richard's sons was driving it and once while on the odo check. On the transit to the first Saturday stage, it did it again.
We started SS7 (the first Saturday stage) and the gearbox would not stay in 4th on a stage that had a lot of 4th gear runs, so Richard went between 3rd and 5th a lot. Then the clutch started acting up, which made the gear changes difficult. We clear the stage and Richard guessed that the clutch needed adjustment. At the start of SS8, he had the clutch pedal to the floor, but we kept creeping over the start line. We were worried about getting a penalty for jumping the start.
SS8 had more 3rd gear turns and Richard and the car were working well through that part. However, because of the gearbox issue, he was holding it in third longer than (it turned out to be) prudent. The combination of smallish radiator, relatively high air temps and engine speed resulted in the cooling system blowing close to the end of SS8. I just remember seeing a big cloud of white smoke.
Even though the rally was short for me, the Cossie was the coolest rally car that I have ever been in, so it was worth the drive up.
Thanks to all of the Alberta guys for putting on a great rally.
>Super fun event!
>Warwick - put up the shot of me almost cutting you in half - I
>will get you the incar!
SHHHHHHH! Photographers are responsible, safe people! The rock I was perched on was specifically chosen for it's "safety barrier" qualities...and it worked! Just ask your tow hook You still scared the crap out of me. I just wish I had held my finger down on the shutter all the way through the sequence! Photo coming shortly...I just walked in the door after having the best drive over the Duffie Lake road ever
>>The second Escort Cossie through a piston, couple of flat
>>tires, couple of time penalties for missing access to road
>I guess that makes the Cossie that I was in the "first
There must have been some miscommunication - the (other) cossie I was in spun a rod bearing, but didn't throw anything, no flats, and *certainly* no time penalties