2012 UNITED STATES RALLY CHAMPIONS
Author: USRC Media
United States Rally Championship, Inc. honored the United States Rally Champions for the 2012 Championship season that concluded a month ago with the final round at Prescott, Arizona. 162 competitors participated in the 2012 United States Rally Championship. The participation has increased by twenty-three percent from the 2011 season with 131 competitors and was slightly higher than the participation during the 2010 season.
Joseph Burke is the 2012 United States Rally Champion - Driver in the All-Wheel-Drive (AWD) Championship. Joseph Burke with Alex Kihurani codriving won the tarmac Rally New York USA and placed second after a roll at the gravel final round at Prescott Rally. Joseph is the son of the 2006 and 2007 United States Rally Champion Seamus Burke.
The second place in AWD goes to Alvin Fong who also won the AWD Production Cup title. Alvin went through the season with three different codrivers but ended the season with Billy Machin with whom he started in 2011. Fong and Machin burst onto the rallying scene in 2011 when they placed narrowly second at their first rally ever – the 2011 International Rally New York. The third place in AWD belongs to Ryan Gates.
Mara Estep is the 2012 United States Rally Champion - Codriver in the AWD Championship. This is the third Championship title for Mara. She won the same title in 2009 and 2010. The second place goes to the experienced and sometime World Rally Championship competitor Alex "Rally Brat" Kihurani. Ryan Hegel, the codriver for Ryan Gates, finished third.
John Black with Lori Stone codriving are the 2012 United States Rally Champions in the Two-Wheel-Drive (2WD) Championship. They also won the top honors in the 2WD Production Cup with a wide margin. John Black was the runner-up in the 2010 2WD United States Rally Championship.
In the 2WD Production Cup Codriver competition, Lori Stone is the winner. Lori took the second place last year and was third in the 2010 Championship. Timothy Oliver and Arin Hovsepain share the second place, and Robert Lynch and Victoria Rosner share the fourth place.
The United States Rally Championship wishes to thank all those who participated in the 2012 Championship season. Complete results of the 2012 United States Rally Championship, the final points standings, more information and contacts can be found at www.usrallychampionship.com .
Joseph Burke, 2012 United States Rally Champion - Driver in
AWD and Alex Kihurani, Runner-up Codriver in 2012 AWD
United States Rally Championship at 2012 Rally New York USA
Photo by Liviu Hrituleac www.LHimages.com
John Black and Lori Stone, 2012 United States Rally Champions
in 2WD and 2012 USRC 2WD Production Cup Winners at
2012 Prescott Rally
Photo by Bill Rogers www.motorsportmemories.info
USRC WRAPS UP CHAMPIONSHIP RACE AT THE 25TH ANNUAL PRESCOTT RALLY
Author: USRC Media
Prescott, Arizona. (September 24, 2012) The final round of the 2011 United States Rally Championship will be run in the central mountains of Arizona September 28th and 29th where a tight battle for the AWD Championship will be decided. The Atlantic Divisions' Joseph Burke and Alvin Fong are tied for first going into the final round with Pacific competitors Ryan Gates and Kris Psara within striking distance if either of the front runners stumbles. Michel Hoche-Mong from California can wrap up the 2WD Championship with a strong finish but John Black in his Ranger is close behind.
The Prescott Rally will take competitors through the historic mining district of Jerome and the ranchlands of the Verde River Valley. A compressed two-day schedule will allow teams to participate in Recce Friday morning, register Friday afternoon, complete the competition stages Friday night and Saturday with awards and prize giving Saturday evening.
Other strong contenders include:
This year's event features 120 stage miles over the two day format with activities based at Tim's Subaru and the Prescottonian Hotel in Prescott, Arizona. Proceeds from this year's event will help support the Yavapai Humane Society. Sponsors for the event include Scott Roofing of Phoenix, Tim's Subaru of Prescott along with the Subaru Western Region, The Prescottonian Hotel, Whiskey Row Screen-printing and Morgan Sign. Timing and Scoring are provided by the California Rally Series. Look for live updates throughout the weekend at www.rallydata.com or www.prescottrally.com and like Prescott Rally on Facebook!
Additional event information is available at www.prescottrally.com
Rally Delaware Cancelled - USRC Schedule Adjusted
Author: USRC Media
Forestburgh, New York (August 2, 2012) Rally New York, Ltd. has invoked Article 3.12 of the event Supplementary Regulations and cancelled Rally Delaware 2012 scheduled for August 24 - 25. This action has been taken because an insufficient number of entries has been received by August 1.
Rally Delaware was planned as a two-day tarmac rally with 104 miles of special stages and a total length of 320 miles. The rally was to be conducted according to the international regulations with full reconnaissance of the rally route and pace notes. All these features taken together make this rally unique in the United States.
Rally New York, Ltd. wants to thank the teams on the entry list as well as all sponsors and supporters. This includes but is not limited to Town of Walton, Walton Chamber of Commerce, Walton Fire Department and a number of local businesses. Volunteers and senior staff of the rally deserve special thanks for their dedicated efforts in preparing Rally Delaware, which was to be the 39th Rally New York event in eleven seasons. It is in the best interest of all these entities that we make this announcement today rather than on August 10 specified in Article 3.12 of the Supplementary Regulations.
Under the circumstances, Rally New York, Ltd. intends not to spend additional time and money in further planning and preparation of the gravel International Rally New York 2012 scheduled for October 20 - 21.
Consequently, the next event of the United States Rally Championship (USRC) is Gorman Ridge Rally in California on August 25, 2012. The final round of the 2012 United States Rally Championship will be Prescott Rally in Arizona on September 28 - 29.
Entry is open for Rally Delaware, August 24 - 25, 2012
Author: USRC Media
Forestburgh, New York (July 15, 2012) Entry is open for Rally Delaware scheduled for August 24 - 25, 2012. Rally Delaware, a two-day tarmac rally, is unique in that it is one of the only two National Championship events in North America that are run entirely on tarmac roads.
Discounted early entry ends on August 1. Regular entry will close on August 10. Late entries will close on August 24. Rally program, online entry, entry forms, itinerary, supplementary regulations, reconnaissance schedule, course maps, spectator maps and a printable poster are available at www.RallyNewYork.net/rdel2012.html.
The Rally Delaware is a round of the 2012 United States Rally Championship. Each half of the rally is a separate round of the New York Rally Championship - Thunder 102 Cup sponsored by Tearoff Guys and presented by Thunder 102 Rally Radio. Teams will also be competing for points in the newly introduced tarmac championship, rear-wheel-drive championship and the category for hillclimb cars.
All teams from the Pacific Division of the United States Rally Championship, regardless of their standing in the Division, will receive free entry.
A prize fund guarantees that each team in top 30 percent of all finishers, including at least one production car and one two-wheel-drive car, will be awarded prize money.
Robert Cella, a retired engineer and a radio operator at Rally New York events for many years, will again sponsor three selected teams. Teams should submit their requests for sponsorship to rally registrar after submitting their entry. This is the tenth Rally New York event in a row when competitors become beneficiaries of Mr. Cella's awe-inspiring generosity.
Tarmac as well as gravel rally tire contingency program is available from www.TreadZone.com.
The Rally takes place both days entirely within the borders of the Town of Walton in Delaware County of New York utilizing all the special stages that were used in various years in the past. Chicanes / retarders will be used to slow down rally cars on a few longer straights.
The compact schedule calls for registration, scrutineering and reconnaissance on Thursday afternoon and on Friday morning. The headquarters is at Walton Fire Hall. Reconnaissance is free and the number of passes is not restricted. The rally will start with a Ceremonial Start at Delaware County Fairgrounds on Friday afternoon and will end there on Saturday night with champagne-spraying ceremony for the winners. There will be an overnight Parc Ferme on Friday night.
The event consists of 104 miles of (racing) special stages with a total length of 320 miles. The rally takes place in spectacular southern Catskill Mountains of New York some 100 miles northwest of New York City. It is conducted according to the international FIA regulations with reconnaissance and pace notes.
The United States Rally Championship is taking bold steps to make national competition more affordable and accessible to a larger number of rally teams. This is the eighth season of the new Championship structure that minimizes or, for many teams, eliminates the need for repeated cross-country travel during the Championship season by providing competition on each side of the country. The final round of the Championship at the end of the year counts both in the Atlantic Division and the Pacific Division and together with the results from all previous rounds decides the top spots in the National Championship. More information on the 2012 United States Rally Championship can be found at www.usrallychampionship.com. Information on other Rally New York events and on the New York Rally Championship is at www.RallyNewYork.com.
Burke/Kihurani Win Rally New York USA 2012
Author: USRC Media
The up-and-coming rally team of Joseph Burke and Alex Kihurani (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX) outran and outlasted a strong United States Rally Championship field to win Rally New York USA 2012. Their car suffered a brake problem on the first of two days, when a seal failed, and later a spin due to a differential problem. But the team's mechanics were able to fix both, and with the car in order they rose to the front of the field.
Rally New York USA is one of only two national auto rallies in the United States in which all of the special stages are on paved roads. Other American nationals use dirt and gravel or snow-covered roads. This year's event used a new 270-mile course in the Catskill Mountains of eastern New York State, in the populated area around Rock Hill and Monticello. Sunday's leg included four super specials (two in each direction) around the circuit at the Monticello Motor Club, a road racing country club south of Monticello. The route received immediate approval from many of the competitors for its challenge and novelty. All Rally New York events are conducted under the international FIA rules with full reconnaissance of rally route and pace notes.
The rally was hosted by the Rock Hill Fire Department with support from the Rock Hill Business Association and received wide acceptance by residents and business community alike. Local law enforcement, volunteer ambulance corps, fire departments and radio clubs were on hand to assure the excellent safety of this successful event.
The rally ran on time for two days and completed all the special stages in spite of being conducted in a populated area of Sullivan County, New York. There were very few retirements and no serious injuries.
Pre-rally weather reports predicted rain for most of the weekend, heavy at times. In fact, most of Saturday's leg was conducted in dry, partly sunny and mild conditions. Light sprinkles fell only on the last stage of the day, and heavy rain held off until everyone had reached the end-of-day service. Sunday was entirely overcast, with no precipitation but damp roads in the morning, and light to moderate rain in the afternoon.
The Hungarian team of Robert Martai/Tibor Kertes (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X) placed second, about seven minutes down. This was the best-ever finish in a national for both, after a smooth performance.
The local favorites Matt Gottlieb/Austin Gager (Subaru Impreza) were back after winning last fall's all-gravel International Rally New York. The driver actually lives on one of the special stages. They finished third after heroic efforts because of failing brakes. The car's brakes went away on the second special stage, putting them into a ditch. They were able to drive out, after which their service crew diagnosed the problem as damaged hydraulic pipes. The mechanics restored the front brakes for the remainder of the day, then the rears for the second day. They spent the next several hours climbing back up the order. On Sunday the rear brake line failed again, and the mechanics were able to restore stopping to one of the wheels, which got them to the finish in third overall.
Alvin Fong/Amber Stacy (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX) placed fourth, an excellent result for a driver in his first full season of rallying, and a co-driver who was competing in her first national. They also took home the trophy for best-placed Production AWD car.
The Canadian - Irish team of Donal Crooke/Noel Joyce (Honda Civic) placed first in the two wheel drive (2WD) category after a clean run, a minute and a half ahead of Erika Detota/Greg Dorman (Subaru Impreza). Sid Sareen/Timothy Oliver (Ford Fiesta) placed third in 2WD, and were the best-placed Production 2WD car. A 2WD entry of note is the experienced team of tarmac specialists Brendan Brosnan/Tommy Commane (Toyota Twin-Cam) who travelled to the event all the way from Ireland to suffer engine problems thoughout the event.
Human error or bad luck dogged many pre-event favorites for the overall win. Cyril Kearney/Mark McAlister (Subaru Impreza) were running in the second place, but then mis-estimated the car's fuel requirements at a service stop and ran out of gas only one half of a mile from the end of special state six. They were classified under Super Rally rules, and continued, only to go off the road on the next-to-last stage. Celsus "Charlie" Donnelly/Barry Smith (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX) were holding third overall, but likewise suffered a lack of gas, and then a problem with a crankshaft sensor for the engine management system. Ultimately, they stopped on the final transit zone with a drive train failure (the center differential gave up), which dropped them to tenth under Super Rally rules.
Published by Rally New York Media
Burke/Kihurani on their way to win Rally New York USA 2012
Photo by Liviu Hrituleac www.LHimages.com
THE UNITED STATES RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP