Press Release

September 24, 2000
  Contact: Ed Brennan
Tel: 609-587-3983

Burke and Cunningham Dominate Black River Stages

Harrisville, NY -- The team of Seamus Burke and Frank Cunningham added the Black River Stages ClubRally to their growing list of wins for the 2000 season. Driving their Open Class Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IV, Burke of Austell Georgia, and Cunningham of Boston, Massachusettes won eight of the nine scored stages in the North Central New York event.

Second overall and first in Production GT were the New York City team of Brendan Cunningham and Paul McClean in their Eagle Talon. Shane Mitchell and Paul Donnelly, another NYC team, finished third overall, second Production GT, also in an Eagle Talon.

Forth overall and first in the Group 5 class were the Indiana team of Mike Hurst and Rob Bohn, debuting their V8 powered Ford Mustang. Taking the Group 2 honors and fifth overall were Padraig Purcell and Patrick McGrath of Yonkers, NY in their Vauxhall Astra. First in Production class were the Lyndeborough, NH husband and wife team of Ted and Lise Mendham driving a Nissan Sentra.

Headquartered in Harrisville, NY, this was the third running of the Black River Stages and the seventh round of the Sports Car Club of America's Northeast Division ClubRally Championship.

In a ClubRally, each team consists of a driver and a co-driver (or navigator), and the exact course is kept secret until just before the event - different from World Rally, where practice is allowed. The cars start at one-minute intervals and race against the clock over stages (competition sections) which range in length from one to twenty miles. The team achieving the fastest combined times wins.

The event was presented by the Blue Mountain Region SCCA and was voted the 1999 SCCA ClubRally of the Year.
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