Contact: Shawn Bishop|
Tel:, (403) 277-6291
|Date: October 30, 2002|
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Western Canadian Rally Championship ends with a battle
Bragg Creek, AB - On Sunday November 10th, the battle for the Western Canadian rally Championship will come to it's conclusion in Kananaskis Country. The battle for the title will be fought on the rugged gravel roads of Powderface Trail and the Jumping Pound Forest Demonstration loop.
With the right luck for some, and the wrong luck for others, the overall championship is still within the grasp of no less than five competitors. Scott Trinder of BC is currently on top of the pack, having already secured his Class championship in the region. Hot on his heels is Gord Olsen of Brooks, Alberta who, along with his wife Kathy, are also in a position for a class win in the Subaru Canadian Rally Championship presented by Yokohama.
Reigning Western Canadian Champion Janusz Komorowski Jr. is still in the fight, but will need some of the bad luck he experienced earlier in the season to move along to his competitors in order to regain his title. With his retirements including a rollover at the Big Horn Rally, an engine failure at the Rocky Mountain Rally, and running out of tires at the Pacific Forest event, Komorowski hopes his fortunes will change for this event.
Western Canadian Rally Championship Overall Points standings Pos. Name Hometown Points 1 Scott Trinder (Vancouver, BC) 44 2 Gord Olsen (Brooks, AB) 40 3 Jim Dewitte (Calgary, AB) 32 4 Janusz Komorowski (Calgary, AB) 30 5 Mehran Arefi (North Vancouver, BC) 26 6 Ross Foster (Seattle, Washington) 24
Complete standings for all classes can be viewed at:
The Western Canadian rally Championship is a series of 6 performance or 'stage' rallies. These events are contested by teams consisting of a driver and co-driver (navigator) in the car and a supporting service crew. Competitive sections, known as stages, run on closed roads, challenge the driver and co-driver to negotiate the road as quickly as they can, separated from their nearest competitor by one minute. The stages are connected by Transit sections, which are on public roads and the teams are regulated by regular traffic laws.
The season ending Kananaskis Rally, the Cochrane Rally of the Ranchlands in March and the regional section of the Rocky Mountain Rally in May are all Calgary based events in the series. The Regional section of May's Big Horn Rally in Edson, AB, and the June Pacific Forest Rally in Merritt, BC and the October Mountain Trials Rally, also in Merritt, complete the series.
The Kananaskis Rally starts at the Shopping centre in Bragg Creek where the cars will head off to the competitive stages in Kananaskis Country at 11:30. Registration and technical inspections will start at 8:00am with drivers and cars available to the media and the public until the 10:00am drivers briefing. Rally headquarters at the mall is in the Moose Mountain Diner Restaurant.
Competitive sections of the rally will lead the teams West of Bragg Creek to the Jumping Pound Forest Demonstration Loop on the south side of Highway 68, about 14 kilometers in from the Trans Canada Highway. This spectator stage will see the cars run past spectators a total of four times in two directions, and is also directly across the highway from the main service area for the event. The first competitive car is expected on the spectator stage at 12:51pm.
Safety concerns mandate that we close vehicle access to the spectator area by 12:15pm. Please plan to be there before this time. Special access times for media MAY be provided between active stages, but cannot be guaranteed.
The Kananaskis Rally will finish at Camp Horizon on Highway 66 just east of McLean Creek Trail. The first car is expected to arrive at the finish at about 5:30pm. Fundraising efforts at the spectator area will help raise funds for Camp Horizon, an effort already supported by Swiftdraft Design and Drafting Services Ltd., ZZ Construction and Heninger Toyota.
Results from the event will be available to the media by e-mail. Please contact Shawn Bishop at email@example.com with the e-mail address you prefer to receive the results and closing press release at.
Event Schedule Sunday November 11th 08:00 Registration Moose Mountain Diner, Bragg Creek Scrutineering Parking Lot, Bragg Creek Shopping Center 10:00 Introduction of Officials Moose Mountain Diner Restaurant 11:30 Official Start Parking Lot, Bragg Creek Shopping Center 12:15 Spectator area access restricted 12:55 First car through spectator area 13:15 Service - Forest Loop Interpretive Center 14:15 First car through spectator area after service 17:25 First car arrives at Camp Horizon Finish area 18:00 Awards Presentation and Dinner Camp Horizon, Bragg Creek
Public Relations / Media - Shawn Bishop (403) 277-6291
Event Organiser - Mark Ward (403) 252-2037 firstname.lastname@example.org
Websites of interest
Kananaskis Rally - http://www.rrunracing.com/kananaskis
Calgary Sports Car Club - http://www.cscc.ab.ca
Canadian Association of Rallysport - http://www.carsrally.ca
Rally BC - http://www.rallybc.com
Camp Horizon - http://www.esmod.ab.ca/camphorizon/findus/findus.cfm
A follow-up press release and media guide will be issued on the week of the event. A final list of competitors will be available at the event. Results will be available as soon after the finish as possible.
Results can be e-mailed, faxed or called-in as required. Drivers will be available to the media at the finish location at Camp Horizon. Podium still photos (digital) can be supplied by the organizers, but there is no guarantee of action stills being available. Feel free to contact Shawn Bishop with questions or requests.