Sirius Rally Team

Getting 'Sirius' about Rallying

Day 1 – Practice Today for Perfect Tomorrow?

tbccwdisplayms.gifToday we traveled from Kirkland WA to Quesnel BC, and it’s good to be back in Canada. The preliminary scores are posted HERE. We are sitting in 9th place, and only 4 points behind the accomplished team that is leading our class. From reading Josh’s message and Bill’s & Doug’s blog I’ll put myself in 3rd place for best Sirius Alcan updates. We’ve enjoyed getting to know our teammates, and I’ll defer to their accounts of day one. To reach Bill’s & Doug’s page click HERE. They’ve got photos in the story; ours are posted together on the Sirius photo page HERE.

Part of being a team is poking fun at the other teams, and the Mitsubishi factory team has been our favourite target so far. The Mitsu blog for today describes traveling through the Okanagan on the way to Quesnel, but the route was hundreds of kilometres from Okanagan soil. They also apparently traversed the rocky mountains at Thunderbird last weekend, which took place between Merritt and Kamloops. Knowledge of local geography clearly isn’t required to follow a routebook – one of the Mitsubishi cars is currently tied for second overall.

Just a few details on the story in our car 17 today. August has been fine tuning his codriving and he’ll lead the team in the right seat for the TSD regularities. I drove the first reg pretty consistently and managed a zero; Gord took the wheel for the second reg and did pretty well for his first serious TSD driving. We stopped for a sunny patio lunch in Clinton, we all got a little nap time during the transits, and we’ve been enjoying CBC Radio 3 on the satellite.

Sirius was climbing in a perfectly clear sky as we filed into Quesnel, and we’re set for more TSD tomorrow. The iceX has been cancelled because of too much snow, but Jerry assured us that we’ll get three iceXs before we’re done. I really, really hope that this is true.

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February 18, 2008 - Posted by | 2008 Winter Alcan 5000

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