Crazy Leo First on Road at Rocky

Posted on 24. May, 2012 by in Canadian Rally Champs, CRC 2012, Event Coverage, Rocky Mountain Rally 2012

Crazy Leo Urlichich and Carl Williamson will be the first car on the road at the 2012 Rocky Mountain Rally, but with slippery conditions, that is likely to make their rally difficult. Teams found wet and muddy conditions out on the stages during recce today, and snow was falling where the roads got to higher elevations, though teams reported it was melting on the road. However, colder temperatures overnight could mean that the snow will accumulate. With tire choices having to be made by 8am, but no stages running until nearly 2pm, the need for information on road conditions will prove vital. There were plenty of discussions on how to get better information, and who might supply it, but with no opportunity to change tires between parc expose and the first stage, teams are likely to count on higher temperatures through the morning to melt away any snow. "I think third on the road is the best place to be in conditions like this," said Pat Richard, who got to choose his road position first at the seeded draw.Richard and co-driver Alan Ockwell chose to run third, hoping that the first cars on the road will sweep away the loose material on the surface of the road. Antoine L'Estage and Nathalie Richard chose to run second on the road, behind Leo. "In these conditions it is good not to be first on the road, but in snow it would be even worse," said L'Estage. There are 31 cars entered for the Rocky Mountain Rally, which runs May 25-26, 2012. Of that list, 12 are two wheel drive cars, which should offer a good battle. Eric Grochowski and Leanne Junnila are ready after some solid testing an new motor and sponsor for their VW Golf. The two will face strong competition from Kris Schofield and co-driver Jennifer Daly. Although Schofield and Daly have never run a rally together, both are strong competitors and quickly found their rhythm at a recent test day. Both be running against current Rally America 2wd leader, Andrew Comrie-Picard, who is piloting a Nissan Sentra SE-R, co-driven by Brian O'Kane. Tomorrow, teams will head to Calgary for a parc expose - a chance for fans to see their favourite drivers, co-drivers and cars up close. From there, teams will drive west to the Powderface Trail which is broken into the two shorter Nihahi and Prairie Creek stages, before running Powderface in full. After the second service of the day, teams will complete another five stages including the Jumping Pound loop, before finishing the first day of action.  

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