After finishing first overall at the New England Forest Rally in the MaxAttack! Championship, Chris Duplessis and co-driver Catherine Woods headed out to Bemidji, Minnesota to compete in the final round of the Championship. Going into the event they were tied with the first round winner Lauchlin O’Sullivan and Karen Wagner in their Dodge SRT-4.
On the first day of competition, their 1990 VW Golf, came to a complete stop about a mile into the second stage. A relay failure caused the team to pull over, set-up warning triangles and diagnose the problem. Chris managed to get the car started, however it stopped five more times on the stage and the team lost a total of five minutes. After the stage, Duplessis was able to fix the problem and the team went back out and set excellent times for the remaining day stages.
The night stages were an advantage for Chris who likes driving at night. On the Paul Bunyan stage with a length of 22 miles, Chris set the 5th best time on the stage, followed by another 5th best time on the final stage of the night SS7, Parkway an 8 miler. At the end of day one, the team was sitting in 5th place overall in the MaxAttack! event.
After the tough start on Friday, Duplessis was in full MaxAttack mode for the Saturday stages. He set some incredibly fast stage times including a 4th best stage time over the 13 miles of SS14, Little Rock. With his determined driving, Duplessis managed to claw his way back up to 3rd overall in the Ojibwe Forest Rally MaxAttack! event; win the Saturday regional 10,000 Lakes Rally; and finish 2nd overall in the MaxAttack! Championship. A big thanks goes out to their service crew of Forest Duplessis and Dan Thorton. The team would like to thank John Mason from LTD Racing, www.advancedr2m.com , The Ogontz Group and Techtonics Tuning.
Chris and Catherine would like to congratulate Lauchlin O’Sullivan and Karen Wagner on winning the 2009 MaxAttack! Championship.
Duplessis is the reigning two wheel drive National Champion and has won six Regional and National championships over the past three years.
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