|Contact: Bill Westhead
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|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: September 25, 2000
SZEWCZYK POSTS FIRST VICTORY
CACHE CREEK, BC -- The team of Zbigniew Szewczyk and Piotr Krol of Calgary, Alberta celebrated their first ever overall victory in a performance rally at the Nokian Tyres Pacific Forest Rally in the Arrowstone Hills east of Cache Creek last Saturday.
Despite some mechanical problems, including substantial oil consumption and losing turbo boost, Szewczyk kept his Toyota Celica All-Trac going right to the end of the challenging course. Championship leaders Janusz Komorowski and Tomasz Karzynski led the rally for the first two stages, but slid off the road in the third stage, flattening a tire and losing valuable time. Later, ignition problems with their Mazda 323 GTX forced them to retire during the second service break.
Faulty ignition systems also plagued two other teams: Peter Hill and Barry Gurnsey lost ten minutes in the first stage, but managed to make a road-side repair; and the Toyota Celica All-Trac of Paul Westwick and Andrew Dobric suffered from deteriorating ignition throughout the day, yet still managed to finish.
Given all the mechanical problems encountered by the complex four wheel drive turbo cars, the simpler two wheel drive cars pushed well up the leader board. Martin Wilson and Bill Westhead of Vancouver, BC set the fastest times on four of the last five stages, in bringing their 1980 Canadian Championship winning Toyota Corolla home to a commanding second place, only 36 seconds out of first place.
This sort of event wouldn't be possible without the support of its corporate sponsors, Nokian Tyres, Specialty Subaru and Wilkinson's Automobilia. All of the teams, officials, volunteers and out-of-town spectators appreciated the warm welcome in Cache Creek, especially from the Desert Motel and the Wander Inn.
Next, the Western Canadian Rally Championship concludes with the Kananaskis Rally, November 25, in Bragg Creek, Alberta.
Pos Driver/Co-driver Hometowns Car Time 1 Zbigniew Szewczyk/Piotr Krol Calgary AB Toyota Celica AT 1:42:22 2 Martin Wilson/Bill Westhead Vancouver BC Toyota Corolla 1:42:58 3 Mark Ward/Ken Kwong Delta BC Datsun PL510 1:46:14 4 Paul Westwick/Andrew Dobric Vancouver/N. Vancouver Toyota Celica AT 1:47:09 5 Maciej Ogrocki/Mike Nicols Calgary AB Honda Civic 1:47:28 6 Fred Wiedemann/Shelley Donaldson Surrey BC Suzuki Swift 1:52:24 7 Peter Hill/Barry Gurnsey Calgary AB Toyota Corolla 1:56:51 8 Christian Chia/Shim Ching Vancouver BC Toyota Corolla GTS 2:03:39 DNF Janusz Komorowski/Tomasz Karzynski Calgary AB Mazda 323 GTX Ignition DNF Piotr Kadlubowski/Penny Zuk Calgary AB Eagle Talon TSi Radiator DNF Bud Stanley/Matt Southcott Maple Ridge/ Toyota MR2 Roll-over Port Coquitlam
Detailed Results including stage times: www.rallybc.com/html/pfr_results.html
Nokian Tyres www.nokiantyres.com
Specialty Subaru www.specialtysubaru.com
Wilkinson's Automobilia www.wilkinsonsauto.com
Overall Drivers' Championship Positions:
1 Janusz Komorowski 111 points 2 Zbigniew Szewczyk 88 points 3 Paul Westwick 78 points 4 Maciej Ogrocki 75 points