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Gorman Ridge Rally-August 22nd, 2015-Who's Going?

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Gorman Ridge Rally-August 22nd, 2015-Who's Going?
August 11, 2015 03:05PM
http://www.gormanrally.com/




Anyone here going?



I'm thinking of volunteering....a little late,,but maybe they still need some help...





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Re: Gorman Ridge Rally-August 22nd, 2015-Who's Going?
August 11, 2015 04:48PM
Yes, of course I'm going.



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Re: Gorman Ridge Rally-August 22nd, 2015-Who's Going?
August 12, 2015 02:33PM
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So.....looks like we have 27 teams on the entry list as of today...

http://nasarallysport.com/results/2015-Gorman-Ridge-Rally-registration-entry-list.htm

Topping off the list-both seeded 93-the teams of Josh Jacquot/Dave Coleman/Subaru/Open
and also Kris Psara/Andres Bautista/Subaru/Open.

Probably a little too early for reliable weather predicting but weather.com shows a mostly sunny day with a high of 87F for the rally.

I'll be happy if it stays at least that cool...
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Re: Gorman Ridge Rally-August 22nd, 2015-Who's Going?
August 12, 2015 04:52PM
Mike, it is invariably about 85 during the day with about a 10kt breeze in the exposed areas, and calm in the service park and at the hotel in Frazier Park. At night it will cool down to the mid 50s, cool enough that you should bring long pants if you're used to LA nights.

You mentioned the Turbo AWD top two, which should be interesting because Kris and Josh have never gone head-to-head before.

Ryan Millen should be interesting to watch - they keep making improvements to the RAV4 and getting faster and faster. It'll be curious to see if he's going to continue that trend or if he's tapped out.

No idea which gearbox the Saarinens are running - they have a dogbox but broke it earlier this year and were running the synchro box up through last month. That could make a difference.

Farther down in 2WD, I'm not sure if Andrew Lockhart and Bret Robinson have ever gone head-to-head. Bret has run Gorman several times recently though, and I don't remember Andrew doing it since 2005, when he still had his CRX. I expect him to be a little cautious at first and then gradually pick up speed. Chrissie should do pretty well too, assuming the ol' Jetta holds together. I don't know if she's worked as a team with her codriver, but they're both really experienced so they should sync up quickly.

There're going to be a lot of returning faces too. Larry Gross is back, after about a 6 year absence. Chris Palermo is also back, after about a five year absence. Javier Olivares is back in Chuck's old Escort, but he has a new codriver.

We have a couple of rookies - or at least 2nd eventers - who will be running their first time at night, so that should be fun.


And of course, the highlight will be the post-event party, with Sarkis's chicken and sausages, and El Blendero.



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Re: Gorman Ridge Rally-August 22nd, 2015-Who's Going?
August 13, 2015 01:13AM
Thanks for that insightful post Michel.

I look forward to seeing you there.
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Re: Gorman Ridge Rally-August 22nd, 2015-Who's Going?
August 14, 2015 11:35AM
Here's the story on 2C - 2WD Challenge:

Gorman is a rally that defines the toughness and spirit of Southern California rally competitors. If you’re from out of town, don’t call it “rough”. Gorman is the reason competitors from here are often successful all over the US. It’s a rally that teaches you what rocks and terrain to avoid. It shows you how hot your engine bay can really get, and how inadequate that rear skidplate you made out of 1/8″ steel is. Cap that all off with a legendary after party and you’ll never look at “just finishing” the same. Presented by Team O’Neil Rally School and Streetwise Motorsports: 2C the 2WD challenge makes this victory even sweeter with a cash prize for the top 5 2WD competitors.

Ryan Millen with co-driver Christina Fate will be taking the challenge for the first time in the RAV4. We’re not too worried as Ryan’s desert racing experience will really come into play here, but this will be a serious test for the new Toyota. Look for Ryan to pull off a solid finish and not take too much risk – the question is: Will this strategy be enough to land him in a top 2WD spot?

Markus and Alicia Saarinen will be looking for a bit of redemption at Gorman. Last year a mistake over a long crest landed them off the road, and literally ripped a wheel and strut off the tough little Mini Cooper. They will need to keep it clean here at Gorman to match their win in Idaho.

Bret Robinson is back to challenge 2C from his last outing in Prescott 2014 where he captured 3rd place cash in his VW Golf. This time with seasoned co-driver Brent Ellzey. These two have raced Gorman for years and will be prepared to challenge for the top spot. Also in a VW Golf: Andrew and Robin Lockhart are back to Gorman after not running the event for a few years. Look for this to be a great VW rivalry!

Co-Driver Chrissie Beavis slides over to the drivers seat again, this time to compete with co-driver Erica Sacks – Erica, the first US competitors to enter the Gazelle Rally in a side-by-side quad. Both of them have completed the Gazelle. That rally being a nine-day, all-women, off-road rally across the Sahara Desert. This team will no doubt have an interesting perspective of the Gorman stages in their Volkswagen Jetta.

Long time competitors Larry and Lance Gross in their tough Toyota Corolla will be trading times with John Black and Lori Stone in their equally capable Ford Ranger. Look for Javier Olivares and Brock Heinz to be in that mix with their Ford Escort. Gorman first timer Andrew Cowan and Tim Brown will see if they have what it takes. Chris Palermo will be looking to improve his speed here at Gorman with a yet unnamed co-driver. For some RWD fun, Steven Egger & Christopher Chenoweth are back sliding around their 318i BMW. While Christian Arboleda & Oscar Arteta push a Suzuki Swift to the limit! Twelve 2C competitors make up the large field for Gorman 2015!

Watch for some great 2C competition. Follow live scores and text for the Gorman Rally at http://rallydata.com. On Twitter @GormanRally #GormanRally @NASARallySport #2WDRally and on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/NASARallySport. Looking to learn to drive at the limit in a 2WD car? Go to the Team O’Neil Rally School at http://www.teamoneil.com. Looking to build a 2WD car? Talk to Streetwise Motorsports at http://streetwiseparts.com.
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Re: Gorman Ridge Rally-August 22nd, 2015-Who's Going?
August 15, 2015 12:24AM
And thanks for that-Kris.

When are you getting back on the stages?
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Re: Gorman Ridge Rally-August 22nd, 2015-Who's Going?
August 15, 2015 01:57AM
Well - as it's well documented, the more you organize the less time you have to get your own car out on the stages, and since becoming the Director - well it's like organizing rallies all the time. :p

Seriously though - Christine is about to start a year long training program in September. This is going to severely limit the budget, but improve it once she's done. We'll try to get out to one soon, always up for a rallycross, and even a test day.

- Kris
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Re: Gorman Ridge Rally-August 22nd, 2015-Who's Going?
August 15, 2015 03:51PM
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Well - as it's well documented, the more you organize the less time you have to get your own car out on the stages

Wait...that was documented somewhere?



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Re: Gorman Ridge Rally-August 22nd, 2015-Who's Going?
August 15, 2015 10:43PM
It's in the rule book. You have to read between the lines.

It's a Co-Driver thing.Your a driver so.....



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