2010 Olympus Rally is in the books!
Photo by Robert Champion
It has been a long two weeks, and so worth the long trip out west. Heading into round 3 we had a decent lead on the rest of the field with Dillon Van Way in second. Dillon’s team. “Team 600” as I like to call them, installed one of those turbo chargers on their Focus. The only vehicle on my team the has one of those things is our tow rig and honestly I don’t even understand how they work. hmmm?
Dillon drove great all weekend and he is defiantly getting faster. But on the last stage had a little bad luck and found himself on his roof.
Team 70 won all but 3 stages over the weekend, although we dominated the rally we had a string of bad luck. On stage 3 a late call (Catherine’s 1st late call) after a series of long straits and crests found us about 70 mph too fast for a left 3. Being an optimist I turned in, but we ended up backed into the woods on the outside of the corner. Luckily we were able to drive out under our own power and we only lost about 30 seconds! We suffered a bent tie rod end and had to run 2 stages at half speed until service.
Right Tie Rod..
Team 70 has 3 wins from 3 starts and a 26 point lead!
I would like to thank: My crew Forest Duplessis and Andrew Baker, Catherine and Family! The event organizers. Jay Tishler with Advanced Recovery 2 Mobility, rally-tire.com, All my fans following my journeys, Mom and Dad, and a Huge thanks to Gary Wiggin! Stay tuned for some big news. See you all in Oregon!
I’m racing tomorrow, and I would like everyone to know I have brand new tires.
Everyone near Washington’s Olympic Peninsula needs to come check out round 3 of the Rally America National Championship! There is a big entry list this year and you should see some great competition. Everything you need to know about spectating in right HERE and more info on the rally HERE.
Have fun, be safe, and take lots of pictures!!
I had a blast tonight, racing karts at the Pacific Grand Prix karting facility in Kent, Washington. The kart race was a charity event for the Ronald McDonald House. 12 lucky fans won a raffle to race “the pros” hahah we got beat by a 15 year old girl!! There was over $2000 raised for the charity!
Thanks to everyone for putting the event on I had a really good time! Thanks to Pacific Grand Prix for having us!
Team 70 is proud to announce Advanced Recovery 2 Mobility will continue to support 70 Duplessis and 289 Wiggin for the remainder of the 2010 season. AR2M Has supported our team for three years and has helped us win over 8 Championships.
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Thanks for all your support! Hopefully I don’t need the help of your products on stage!
Unfortunately the pilot of car 289 Gary Wiggin will not be running Olympus this year. He has friends, and sometimes friends get married. Gary’s loss is my gain. Gary offered up his truck and trailer for team 70 to make the trip to Washington! (Huge Thanks)
Wiggin is still in the rally spirit at a bachelor party in Savannah tagging with 70 stickers
Bit of a change in plans, #70 has taken to the highway.
One of my friends on this trip, Andy had his car break a timing belt in New Orleans.
So for the next 8 hours we are driving the rally car west to San Antonio, where we will drop off the broken Mazda.
Enjoy the rolling shots!