Press Release

June 17, 2005
Contact: RSportRally Media

RSport Rally Enters the Mountain Trials Rally

Merritt, BC -- The Pennzoil-RSport Rally Team heads to Merritt, B.C. this weekend for round 3 of the 2005 Western Canadian Rally Championship (WCRC): the Mountain Trials Rally. This year's event has drawn a large field of over twenty-five competitive entries from around B.C, Alberta and the Pacific Northwest.

In a strong performance at the Rocky Mountain Rally just three weeks ago, the Pennzoil-RSport Rally Team of driver Scott Trinder and navigator Bill Westhead won the second round of the WCRC. While, they are once again primed and ready for action in their bright yellow Subaru WRX rally machine, their appearance at this latest event was just firmed up in the past week.

"Getting the RSport Team into this event has been made possible by generous support from Pennzoil," said Trinder. "We are very pleased that this sponsorship arrangement came through, care of our long-standing relationship with Pacific Parts-Auto Parts PLUS, as without the support of Pennzoil, we would not even be running this weekend."

"We are very excited that Scott and Bill are leading the championship. Their consistent results over the years has been a testament to the performance of our products and we wish them both the best of luck this weekend in Merritt," said the team's Pennzoil representative.

The Pennzoil-RSport Rally team heads for the Mountain Trials Rally with a strong lead in the WCRC points battle.

"Once again, our main objective this weekend is to finish," Westhead cautioned, "We need to secure more points toward the overall championship and with such a strong field of entries, it will be imperative that we stay focused on this goal."

For 2005, the Mountain Trials Rally will incorporate an entirely new set of roads some sixty kilometers East of Merritt. However, the actually rally begins with an awe-inspiring spectator stage right near town at the grounds of the famous Merritt Mountain Music Festival, where developers of the Active Mountain Raceway and resort project have undertaken construction of a new dedicated racetrack and rally cross course!

Later, spectators can head for the woods to the "Drift Masters Corner" viewing area at the remote forest stages near Loon Lake, off highway 97C. The entire network of roads passes by the spectator points numerous times throughout the day. The spectator location is just a 3 minute walk to the service area where refreshments will be available. Once in service the spectators can interact with the teams between the stages. Detailed instructions and signs will be available to help guide those interested in seeing the rally cars in their natural environment.

For more information, check out the event website at

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