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International Rally New York - 10-11 Sep 10

Posted: September 13, 2010 8:14 AM - 5063 Hits

Round 5 - 2010 United States Rally Championship

Lawless/Sharkey Are Repeat Winners in International Rally New York

Posted: September 13, 2010 8:14 AM

Defending winners Tom Lawless/Brian Sharkey (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9) made it two in a row at International Rally New York 2010. The Irish duo overcame mechanical glitches and a spin to take another first place trophy. But the leaders for most of the distance were Volkan Isik/Vedat Bostanci (Subaru Impreza WRX STI), who lost the rally on a rules infraction.

Lawless/Sharkey were close behind Isik/Bostanci late on the first of two days, when a problem with the car’s power steering caused them to spin into the wrong road at a junction. Compounding their difficulties, the a gear selector malfunction didn’t allow Lawless to engage reverse, forcing Sharkey to jump out and push the vehicle back on course. The team never managed to recover he lost minute.

Also on the first day, Isik/Bostanci suffered two flat tires. Neither caused a serious loss of time, in each case they could be changed on the next transit (public road) section. However, during one of those tire changes, the team’s service crew was spotted near the car – a violation of rally regulations. (There was no proof that the mechanics ever changes the tires, or provided any tires or equipment, but service crews are allowed near their car only in designated service areas.) The officials assed a 45-minute penalty at the end of the rally, which moved the successful Turkish crew down the finish order.

Enda McCormack/Tommy Doyle (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9) finished second with no problems greater than a loose rear bumper. Derek Dekar and girlfriend Jessie Berry (Subaru Impreza) finished third, an excellent result for their first outing in an all wheel drive car.

Erica Detota/Jason Smith (Subaru Impreza) won the two wheel drive category, overcoming, at various times, under-performing brakes, a broken shock absorber, and a blown fuse. Tim Oliver/Kieran Wright (Dodge Neon) were the 2WD runners-up, despite a suspension system which was obviously too soft for the Catskill Mountains’ dirt and gravel roads.


Other notes from the forest:
· Celsus “Charlie” Donnelly/Barry Smyth (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo) were sidelined by an engine management system malfunction. They were classified sixth based on times and distance run.

· Danny O’Brien/Brendan McCabe (Subaru Impreza) went out with unspecified mechanical problems. But the team was kind enough to volunteer to help the organizers by running as the course opening “00” car for part of the day.

· Michael and John O’Leary (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 10), who were put out by a broken strut in the right front suspension on Friday, returned to the competition this morning, but were forced to withdraw later. To get them going again, the mechanics installed stock springs and shocks on both sides of the front, but these proved to be too soft for the roads.

· Martin O’Flynn/Brian McNamara (Mitsubishi Eclipse) also returned to the fray, in this case after repairing body damage inflicted by a tree. They went out for good when the car contacted a large rock.

· Wojtek “Al” Kulpa/Adam Pelc (Volkswagen Golf) likewise returned to the rally after an off-course excursion and repairs – using a suspension arm and axle shaft from a wrecking yard. They placed third in the 2WD category.

International Rally New York is the next-to-last round of the U.S. Rally Championship. Each day’s run is also scored as a round of the regional New York Rally Championship.

Results

Posted: September 13, 2010 8:13 AM

1. Thomas Lawless/Brian Sharkey (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9), 1st AWD, score = 1:28:47
2. Enda McCormack/Tommy Doyle (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9), 2nd AWD 1:31:40
3. Derek Dekar/Jessie Berry (Subaru Impreza), 3rd AWD, 1:44:09
4. Erika Detota/Jason Smith (Subaru Impreza), 1st 2WD, 1:54:12
5. Tim Oliver/Kieran Wright (Dodge Neon), 2nd 2WD, 1:57:24
6. Celsus Donnelly/Barry Smyth (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo), 4th AWD, 2:05:34
7. Danny O'Brien/Brendan McCabe (Subaru Impreza), 5th AWD, 2:10:23
8. Volkan Isik/Vedat Bostanci (Subaru Impreza WRX STI), 6th AWD, 2:11:56
9. Martin O'Flynn/Brian McNamara (Mitsubishi Eclipse), 1st Production AWD, 2:33:20
10. Wojtek Kulpa, US Adam Pelc (Volkswagen Golf GTI), 3rd 2WD, 2:35:04
11. Michael O'Leary/John O'Leary (Mitsubishi Evo) 2nd Production AWD, 3:16:47

Entries Received

Posted: August 31, 2010 4:35 PM

List of Entries received available at:

Sponsorship for Competitors at International Rally New York 2010

Posted: August 24, 2010 10:55 AM

International Rally New York (www.RallyNewYork.com) is the penultimate round of the United States Rally Championship (www.usrallychampionship.com). Each day of the rally is a separate round of the New York Rally Championship. This motorsport competition will take place on September 10 and 11 in the beautiful southern Catskill Mountains of New York, merely ninety miles northwest of New York City.

The minimum of $17,000 in sponsorship money will be in play at the International Rally New York.

Top teams from the Atlantic Division of the United States Rally Championship will be competing for $12,000 in travel subsidies to attend the final round of the 2010 United States Rally Championship at Prescott, Arizona on October 1 - 2, 2010. The teams with the best chance to earn the travel subsidy are as follows:

    All-Wheel-Drive Championship – two subsidies: Donnelly, McCormack, Lawless, Osterman
    Production All-Wheel-Drive Cup – one subsidy: Gottlieb, Cosgrove
    Two-Wheel-Drive Championship – two subsidies: Detota, David, Greer, Carven, Mathias
    Production Two-Wheel-Drive Cup – one subsidy: Levesque, Bridwell
Others may become eligible for a subsidy if the drivers above falter at International Rally New York.

Robert AC2DC will again sponsor three teams at the International Rally New York to the tune of $3,000. Robert Cella will announce his selection shortly. The sponsored teams will be selected from the teams that place themselves on the entry list.

Moore-Sport Inc. (www.mooresport.com) under its own USRC Support Program will award at the International Rally New York the total of $1,050 in cash rewards redeemable for competition products.

The prize fund guarantees that teams in top 30 percent of all finishers at the International Rally New York, including at least one production car and one two-wheel-drive car, will be awarded $200 each in prize money.

In addition, Albins Gear (www.albins.com.au), the “Official Gearbox and Drivetrain Supplier to USRC,” will award points under its USRC Contingency Program that will pay $7,500 in product credits at the conclusion of the 2010 Season.

Competitors participating in the New York Rally Championship (www.rallynewyork.net/nyrc.htm), sponsored by Tearoff Guys (www.tearoffguys.com) and presented by Thunder 102 Rally Radio (www.thunder102.com) will compete for the prestigious Thunder 102 Cup to be awarded at the end of the 2010 Season.

Furthermore, TreadZone (www.TreadZone.com) has announced that all 2010 Rally New York events have been added to TreadZone Competition Tire Contingency Program. TreadZone has recently become the Eastern Distributor for Yokohama rally tires and has both gavel and tarmac rally tires available. In addition, TreadZone is a direct Dealer for Toyo, Michelin, BFG, Uniroyal and Goodyear tires.

Volkan Isik, a Turkish Champion to compete in the International Rally New York

Posted: August 20, 2010 11:13 AM

A noted Turkish Champion Volkan Isik with codriver Vedat Bostanci have entered the International Rally New York in a Lassa Rally Team Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution. Lassa Racing Tyres are the main sponsor of the team.

This motorsport competition will take place on September 10 and 11 in the beautiful southern Catskill Mountains of New York, merely ninety miles northwest of New York City.

The two-day International Rally New York 2010 with 96 miles of special stages is the final round of the United States Rally Championship. Each day is a separate round of the New York Rally Championship.

Volkan Isik started rallying in 1989. He won the Turkish National Championship six times during his career. Volkan competed in nineteen World Rally Championship events with 7th place at 1999 Rally Portugal, 6th place at 1999 China Rally and 10th place at 1998 Acropolis Rally. He won three events of the European Rally Championship and achieved several podium finishes in forty starts.

Lately, Volkan has been involved with Lassa Racing Tyre research and development project. He also trains and develops new rally drivers under his program “First Step to the Rally with Volkan Isik.”

Rally New York, Ltd. (www.RallyNewYork.com), headquartered in Forestburgh, New York, is the organizer and promoter of three National Championship events: Gravel International Rally New York in the fall, tarmac Rally New York USA in the spring and snow New York Winter Rally. Rally New York has been instrumental in introducing reconnaissance of rally route, pace notes and international rules into US rallying since 2004. Rally New York also organizes regional rallies as part of the New York Rally Championship.

The United States Rally Championship (www.usrallychampionship.com) is taking bold steps to make national competition more affordable and accessible to a larger number of rally teams. The United States Rally Championship was the largest rally Championship in the country in the 2009 season with nearly twice as many participants as any other championship. The variety of racing surfaces offered in the Championship – gravel, tarmac and snow – is unparalleled in US rallying. All events of the United States Rally Championship offer full reconnaissance. This is the fourth 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 Championship.

Rally New York, Ltd. opens entry for International Rally New York 2010 with a new more compact schedule

Posted: July 12, 2010 10:49 AM

Entry is now open for all-gravel International Rally New York scheduled for September 10 – 11, 2010. Rally program, online entry, printable entry forms, itinerary, supplementary regulations, reconnaissance schedule, lodging information, printable order form for course notes (can also be ordered online) and printable poster are available at www.RallyNewYork.net/irny2010.html. Regular entry ends on August 19. The entry will close on September 2.

The International Rally New York is the penultimate round of the United States Rally Championship. Each day 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.

Top teams in the National Championship will be competing for $12,000 in travel subsidies to attend the final round of the 2010 United States Rally Championship at Prescott, Arizona on October 1 - 2, 2010.

An additional 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 local teams. Teams should submit their requests for sponsorship to rally registrar upon submitting their entry. This is the sixth Rally New York event in a row when competitors become beneficiaries of Mr. Cella’s awe-inspiring generosity.

The rally is even more compact than in the previous years with reconnaissance on Thursday afternoon and prize-giving on Saturday night. The rally headquarters is at Villa Roma Resort and Conference Center. All racing will take place on gated, privately-owned 12,500-acre Ten Mile River Scout Reservation on purpose-built and continually refurbished gravel roads. The ceremonial start is at Villa Roma in Callicoon, NY on Thursday evening. The rally ends with the ceremonial finish at Keowa Rally Village.

Hundreds of participants, spectators and fans will gather for two days at the exciting Keowa Rally Village located on the Ten Mile River Scout Reservation in Narrowsburg, NY with spectator parking, the main spectator area, lodging and camping, and a service park with a vendor area next to it. During the two days of racing, a number of special stages will pass by the Keowa Village spectator area both in the morning and in the afternoon. Several special stages start or finish at the Keowa Rally Village.

The rally takes place in southern Catskill Mountains of New York only 90 miles northwest of New York City. It is conducted according to the international FIA regulations with two-pass reconnaissance and pace notes.

Regulations and Details:

Event Website / Details

Posted: January 1, 2010 12:01 AM

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