July 5, 2002

Subaru goes “live” with Rallye Baie results as team pursues championship

The Subaru Rally Team, always looking for innovative ways to keep their fans interested in the Team’s exploits, will introduce live results during the Rallye Baie des Chaleurs. Fans, supporters and media can log on to www.subarurallyteam.com this weekend by pressing the red “LIVE RESULTS” button on the home page, to obtain top five results and Team standing after each service break. Team Coordinator Trish McGeer will continually update the site, approximately every 2 – 3 hours during active competition, from the service areas using the Globalstar Satellite Telecommunications systems which the Team currently uses in the rally cars. For the first time, the team will be able to update their website, live from the field, where often regular cellular communication is not available.

“With Globalstar’s support, we are adding a new dimension to the events, and to the Team. We hope to change the way the rally community can follow the events and our Team’s progress,” said McGeer.

Pat Richard and co-driver Ian McCurdy hope to take back their lead in the Subaru Canadian Rally Championship. As the Team gets set to send all three of their WRX’s to the turning point in the Championship, Richard hopes to take home another Group N class win, and earn as many points in the overall Drivers championship in order to move ahead of his main competition, Sylvain Erickson.

With the absence of teammate and defending Champion Tom McGeer from the western events in May, he is anxious to get back in the seat. “Now, the team will be back in full force for this event,” commented Team Coordinator Trish McGeer. “We are looking for McGeer/Williams, defending Canadian Champions, to come on strong. Richard will continue to develop his car, while the all-out battle for top P4 honors will keep the crew hard at work.”

Richard only moved into the hotly contested Group N class in 2002. The development of this car is an ongoing process. “We decided not to build the car to full Group N spec right away, giving Patrick the opportunity to test the car and become acquainted with it one step at a time. This way, Subaru and the Team hoped to avoid many of the failures that often plague a new car,” explained McGeer. “It was the cautious approach, let’s say, and it seems to be paying off.” Unfortunately, an electrical glitch in the engine’s ECU caused the team to pull Richard out of the Rocky Mountain Rally, in May, while running in a strong second place. “Again, it was the cautious approach, but necessary in order to save the engine,” McGeer added.

Richard’s Subaru Canada teammates, John & Clarke Paynter, of Dartmouth, N.S., finished sixth, at their last outing in Calgary. After a six-month hiatus from rallying, Paynter returned to the driver’s seat ready to defend his P4 Class Championship title and did not disappoint. He and brother Clarke took home valuable production class points, as they made their bid to defend their P4 title. The P4 championship heats up at the Baie with strong competition from Joel Levac, and Julien Pilon, both from Quebec.

The Rallye Baie des Chaleurs, round five of the championship, begins in New Richmond, Quebec on Friday (July 5) with a series of viewings both downtown at the Sports Centre, and at the famous ‘Camp Brule’ spectator stage, starting at 7:00 p.m. The rally then resumes on Saturday for Leg 2 & 3, followed by a finish at the Pointe Taylor Park. Spectator guides and information on the event may be obtained from the rally headquarters, Rue Terry Fox, Sports Centre, New Richmond, or on the event website at, www.rallyebdc.com

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