Sirius Rally Team

Getting 'Sirius' about Rallying

Late Car 16 Day 2 Update

Quesnel to New Hazelton
As we discovered late Sunday night, the Quesnel stock car track was too covered in snow to run the day’s ice race. Because of this, the organizers decided to add a TSD regularity instead, the (apparently) infamous 11% Grade road. This started at a local school and wound it’s way through some old logging roads and farmland. The navigator (Josh) discovered that there were several errors in the calculations, and was trying to redo them just before the start of the regularity. As it turns out, the road was quite difficult, especially with the checkpoint placements being located somewhere near the most difficult corner!
After finishing 11% Grade, we all returned to Quesnel and resumed the scheduled route, starting with the Blackwater Road TSD. This was actually a fairly wide open road for most of it’s length, but did not have many features to check the rally odometer against, making it tricky. After the end of the regularity, the road actually got much tighter and twistier, leading to some interesting driving from some of the cars, in particular the SUVs, which tended to launch themselves off the bigger bumps in the road. A long transit eventually led to the Fraser Lake TSD. This was a tricky section, due to the 12 mile per hour stretch in the middle. It was difficult to drive slowly enough through this section to make the checkpoint on time, and we ended up 20 seconds early. After we finished the 12 mph length, the remainder of the TSD was straightforward. We continued on north from there to Burns Lake, where we had a great lunch courtesy of one of the competitors and his friend Nathan at a local restaurant. After passing through Smithers, we finished the day in New Hazelton.


February 21, 2008 - Posted by | 2008 Winter Alcan 5000, Alcan Car 16 Keatleys

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