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Saturday, February 11, 2017


For the 2017 Waste Management RallySprint, 14 competing rally cars have registered as of Feb. 3 with the organizing committee hoping for 20 entries by Saturday, Feb. 18, the day of the event. The contest is limited to 30 cars.
“We expect to see more cars enter. Last year 18 cars started,” said Rallymaster David Avery. “The event was well received by competitors although some had issues with tire choices,” Avery said. “They didn't bring tires appropriate for the weather. This year we have eased up the rules on tires a bit offering more choices to the teams. We are all learning,” he added.

The rally will be headquartered at the Tioga County Fairgrounds in Whitneyville on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 17 and 18.

The contest will begin at 11 a.m. on Feb. 18 with rally cars parked at The Green, a park located in the heart of downtown Wellsboro. That will give fans an opportunity to get up close to see the cars, meet the drivers and co-drivers

For the ceremonial start, the first car will leave The Green at 11:35 a.m. followed in one-minute intervals by the others. The goal of each team is to finish the competition stages in the fastest time. Modifications to the rally cars are based on the class they enter. All have to be street legal to allow them to get to the stage using public roads.

The spectator area at 782 Antrim Road in Duncan Township was established in 2014. Here fans will see the cars at speed negotiating the course. The spectator area is near the service area giving fans another opportunity to see the drivers, crews and cars up close. It will open at 10 a.m. on Feb. 18. There will be food vendors and portable bathrooms on-site. Amenities are minimal Map coordinates are: N41.644/W77.275.

This closed course rally will be run on Waste Management property in Duncan Township, the same as it has been since 2011. It consists of one stage run five times or 44 stage miles with a total distance of just over 56 miles, including transit and stage miles. That same area will be used as part of the Susquehannock Trail Performance Rally’s stages on June 2 and 3 this year.

In 2016, the Waste Management Winter Rally was renamed the Waste Management Winter RallySprint to represent its affiliation with the Sports Car Club of America, according to Avery.

That February, the Wellsboro RallySprint kicked off the SCCA’s new national 'rally light' series, which included 12 events.

The Waste Management Winter RallySprint is managed and organized by Finger Lakes STPR® Motorsports, sanctioned and insured by the Sports Car Club of America and hosted by SCCA’s Finger Lakes Region.

“RallySprint is now a full SCCA program with complete support of the RallyCross Board and SCCA national staff,” said Stephen Hyatt, SCCA RallyCross chair.

“The SCCA is very pleased to have the Waste Management Winter RallySprint and the Finger Lakes Region continue within our program,” Hyatt said. As this part of the SCCA family grows, we hope to have the Finger Lakes as a long-term partner to help grow this series.”

“We held our first winter rally in 2011,” Avery said. “It was designed to provide a path to competition in regional stage rallying and give teams a taste of full stage rallying to support Wellsboro’s Susquehannock Trail Performance Rally in June and other performance rallies,” he explained. “Our rally’s other purpose was to provide training for volunteers organizing and running a stage rally event like STPR,” Avery said.

According to Avery, while the rules and classes are similar to what spectators are used to from the former Waster Management Winter Rally, the affiliation with the Sports Car Club of America adds additional safety and structure, and makes the event part of a national series – not unlike a AA or AAA minor league baseball league, giving experience to competitors and workers alike. For the competitors, the class rules require minimum modifications – helping to keep costs down – and, best of all, much reduced entry fees because of the large insurance pool provided by the more than 67,000 SCCA members nationally.

“Being aligned with SCCA RallySprint fits exactly with our goals," said Avery.

Competitors and volunteers can register by visiting wmwr.info. For other information about the WMWR RallySprint, visit Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/wmwinterrally
, Twitter at https://twitter.com/WMWRally and 
Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/wmwrally/.

Entry List for 2017 as of Monday, Feb. 6, 2017:

R20 Class
951 Driver: Robert Pepper Fairfax, Virginia
Co-Driver: Mical Davis Ofallon, Maryland
Class: R2O 1988 Porsche 94452 - black

R2U Class
7 Driver: Kevin Turner, Newark, Delaware
Co-Driver Matt Rhoads, Oxford, Pa.
Class R2U 1994 Subaru Impreza – white/yellow

8 Driver: Tad Uzzle, Wappingers Falls, N.Y.
Co-Driver: Daniel Kelly, Brooklyn, New York
R2U 2013 Mazda2 black

9 Driver: Scott Beliveau Laconia New Hampshire
Co-Driver Keith Liggett Somers, Connecticut
Class R2U 1996 VW Rallye Golf - yellow

24 Driver: Oscar Simsek Brooklyn, New York
Co-Driver: SueAnne Carson, Wellsboro
Class: R2U 1991 BMW 325 – white
Ciclón Rally Team

412 Driver: Alan Edwards Pittsburgh, Pa.
Co-Driver: Daniel Baker Port Allegheny, Pa.
Class: R2U 2003 Dodge Neon – orange
Bad Camber Racing

930 Driver: Josh Hickey Burke, Virginia
Co-Driver: James Spoth, Frederick, Maryland
Class: 1985 BMW M42 318i – Oreo
Pitchblack Motorsports

R40 Class
929 Driver: Matthew Chmielewski Harvey’s Lake, Pa.
Co-Driver: Pete Sandy, Moosic, Pa.
Class: R4O 2002 Subaru Impreza WRX - grey

R4U Class
2 Driver: Sergei Grishin, Elkridge, Maryland
Co-Driver Jack Swayze, Kinsale, Virginia
Class R4U 2000 Subaru Impreza 2.5RS - white

57 Driver: Paul Batman, West Grove, Pa.
Co-Driver: Michael Hordjik, Mars, Pa.
Class: R4U 2001 Sabura Impreza, silver/blue

132 Driver: Steve Czwaiga Wexford, Pa.
Co-Driver: Steven Czwaiga, Lower Burrell, Pa.
Class: R4U 2005 Subaru Impreza – blue/silver

299 Driver: Adam Kimmett Leesburg, Virginia
Co-Driver: Adam Moore, Harrisburg, Pa.
Class: R4U 1996 Subaru Impreza – black/white

554 Driver: Jeremy Keck, Wellsboro
Co-Driver: Chris Wimbrough, Wellsboro, Pa.
Class: R4U 1999 Subaru Impreza – blue/silver
Reaper Motorsports

777 Driver: Jon Kramer, Pittsburgh
Co-Driver Jared Lanzy, Silver Spring, Maryland
Class: R$U 1993 Subaru Impreza – white
Heavy Metal Motorsports

Photo credit: Megan Green
This photo, taken at the 2016 event, is the VW Jetta of Robert Dawson/Lori Clute from Alton, NY, winner of the RallySprint 2WD Under class. It was very warm last year, and most of the snow and ice turned to mud on rally day. Competitors are hoping for a real winter rally for 2017.

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