Contact: Lawrence Partington
|Date: May 25, 2003|
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Calgary, Alta., Canada - North American Rally Champion Tom McGeer from Georgetown, ON posted his second consecutive victory in the 2003 Canadian series, winning Calgary’s 30th annual Rocky Mountain Rally. McGeer and Welsh co-driver Howard Davies won the Bighorn Rally near Edmonton last weekend. After four Canadian championship events McGeer is the first repeat winner and takes a 17-point lead in the championship.
Driving a factory-backed Impreza WRX, McGeer covered the 176 kilomters of gravel closed-road special stages 23 seconds faster than his Subaru teammates Patrick Richard and Ian McCurdy of Vancouver. Richard’s brand new WRX STi model was slowed by problems in the racing transmission that had been installed for this event. "It kept jumping out of gear. I wish we used the same showroom stock gearbox that we had last weekend," he said at service as the Subaru mechanics raced to change his shift linkage.
Sylvain and Philippe Erickson finished third in their privately-entered Mitsubishi EVO. The brothers from Gatineau, QC were fast early in the rally but then suffered body damage after bouncing off a Texas gate and subsequent overheating problems. They finished two minutes off the pace, just ahead of another Quebec team - Antoine L’Estage and Yannick Napert in their Hyundai Elantra. Fifth place went to local Calgary driver Janusz Komorowski.
After four events Tom McGeer leads the drivers points standings with 52. Richard is next with 35, followed by Erickson 32 and L’Estage 31. The Canadian Rally Championship presented by Yokohama continues in three weeks with the Pacific Forest Rally in Merrit, BC on June 14.