The newly formed Team Rally AR, consisting of driver Roger Sanderson and co-driver Andrew Miller, demonstrated that with good preparation and a solid team foundation even a new team can compete well against a large field (Rally Right XI saw an entry of more than 40 cars, the largest ever for the event).
A new paint job in team colors (bright yellow and blue) seemed to help the car - a 1990 Hyundai Excel - overcome it family sedan heritage. In commenting on its former appearance, driver Roger Sanderson said enthusiastically, "Itís NOT Black!". The Hyundai ran strong and reliable and placed very well in a class dominated by cars with up to 60 more horsepower.
The result of 4th place in class (just 28 seconds back of the winners) was in no small part due to the driving skill of Roger Sanderson. In fact, one Ski Sawmill driving instructor was quoted during the driving school on Friday as saying, "I canít really find anything to pick on him about". Rogerís twenty-five year association with the sport showed, as his learning curve seemed to go straight up.
It was the first time in the co-drivers seat for Andrew Miller and his first event went without a hitch. As team manager, co-driver, and chief mechanic, Andrew has set about the task of forging a strong team out of strong pieces. "My plan is that with hard work and maybe some sponsorship down the road, we will be serious contenders in the Canadian Association of Rally Sport (CARS) and Ontario Performance Rally Cup (OPRC) Seriesí".
Thanks and congratulations have to go out to the organizers of Ski Sawmill Rally Right XI, as the event was well executed and went flawlessly.
Team Rally ARís next showing will be June 13th at The Rally of the Swift Bear in Orilla, Ontario.
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