20 Jun 2005 - For immediate release
For more information, contact: John Dillon
Widget Rally Team
P. O. Box 1231
Thousand Oaks, CA 91358-0231
Widget web site: www.WidgetRacing.com
e-mail: John @ WidgetRacing.com
Merritt, BC. Gary Cavett (Kirkland, WA) and John Dillon (Thousand Oaks, CA) reprised their rally partnership with a trip north of the border to the Mountain Trials Rally in Merritt, BC. The pair finished third in Open (fourth overall), struggling with a car that was down on horsepower.
Mountain Trials was Dillon's first time racing in Canada, and it was only the second time that Cavett had the chance to do "recce," or reconnaisance. "Most U.S. rallies don't allow competitors to see the roads before race day, so getting the opportunity to recce and create your own pace notes was an excellent learning experience," noted the driver. "John has a bit of recce experience so we were able to write decent notes that really seemed to work."
"The rally started off with a couple of spectator stages," said Dillon, "but we quickly learned that the turbo wasn't working properly. Though it didn't fail completely, it put out about half the boost it should have, leaving us seriously down on horsepower. Gary worked hard to conserve momentum through the corners so we were thankful to have finished as high up as we did."
When they checked into the service area, crew members Tim and Ryan hustled to locate the problem, but with limited time and uncertain diagnostic results, Gary decided it was safer to race with the car as it was than to try something that could potentially make things worse.
"It was certainly frustrating not being able to challenge for the overall win," said Cavett, "but still we managed to finish. Hopefully we'll be able to find the problem in time for the Wild West Rally in September."
In-car video from three stages is available from the Widget web site. These files are quite large so, depending on the speed of your internet connection, they may take some time to download. We recommend you right-click these links and select Save Target As.
About the Sport
Rallying is the ultimate team motorsport where street-licensed cars are raced at high speed on dirt trails with two people in the car, a driver behind the wheel and a codriver describing every bend in the road. Normally competitors are not allowed to pre-run the roads so they are racing "blind," navigating from a route book provided just hours prior to the event. Cars can easily reach speeds above 100 MPH as they snake between trees and along the edges of cliffs in this sport of strength and stamina.
About the Teams
Gary Cavett races a 1995 Subaru Impreza. His rally effort is supported by SubaruParts.com and Northwest Axle.
The Widget Rally Team, that "serious team with a whimsical name," is supported by Perforce Software (www.perforce.com), makers of high performance software for computer professionals. The team insists on brakes by Porterfield Enterprises (www.porterfield-brakes.com) and utilizes the web services of Shults Dot Com (www.shults.com) for its internet needs. Satellite phones are provided by WCC Global Satellite Communications (www.wcclp.com).
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