Sirius Rally Team

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Rally Gals Face Tough Competition at Trail of Gnu TSD

It’s that time of year.  The weather is getting milder, the winter season is growing tiresome, and no one has had a winter rally fix since Thunderbird.  The Gnu is hungry, it’s out there, and 24 brave rally teams will spend Saturday chasing it through the backroads of Alberta’s oil country.  According to the event press, the Trail of the Gnu is a challenging snow, ice, and gravel navigational rally, and part of three TSD Championship series.  Although hosted by the Calgary Sports Car Club, the Gnu is based out of Rocky Mountain House, and every year the stunning back roads and mountain backdrop of the area have raised both the risks and the rewards of this challenging event. The Gnu features exciting roads, challenging average speeds, and great fun with good rally people.

The Sirius Rally entry for this weekend’s Trail of the Gnu TSD Rally in Rocky Mountain House, AB, is an unusual one, because it’s an all girl team.  Jennifer will be joined by the steadfast and experienced Leanne Junnila in the right seat; the pair is aiming for a class win and dreaming of an overall podium finish.   Alex Schubel, organizer of the Big White Rally Weekend and honourary Sirius Rally Team member, has generously put up his 1998 Impreza for a TSD thrashing to help the girls achieve their goals.

Last year’s Gnu was a rally driver’s dream, and a snowy wonderland, where Jennifer and Leanne placed second overall.   Word has gotten out about the high calibre of this event since then, and the current entry field is very competitive, including some past Winter Alcan buddies from the US.  Just like last year, there is snow in the forecast for Friday, so luck may blanket the roads with true winter conditions for Saturday’s rally.   Last year’s overall winners, the Hills, are absent from this year’s entry list, but the third place driver, in a pickup truck, has returned, and there are many other experienced teams capable of putting in a competitive performance.  The field is travelling to Rocky Mountain House from as far away as Seattle, and Saskatchewan.

The event schedule is suited to a good afterparty, where everyone sleeps in the same place, and that’s always a big part of the fun for the Sirius Rally Team.  Hopefully the girls will have great stories to tell and something to celebrate by the time they pull into the HQ Saturday night!

Link to event website HERE.

Link to last year’s Gnu photos from Sirius Rally Team HERE.

Where service is available in Rocky Mountain House, the team will be tweeting live updates as the Gnu unfolds, which can be followed by clicking on the Twitter link on this site, or by searching #cdnrally on Twitter.

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March 24, 2010 - Posted by | 2010, TSD Rally

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