30 April 2006 - 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
Lancaster, CA. The Rim of the World Rally got off to a great start on Friday night for Brian Scott (Phoenix, AZ, driver) and John Dillon (Thousand Oaks, CA, codriver), with the team winning the Friday Rim regional race overall. It was Brian's first overall victory though he's got plenty of Group 2 class wins. On Saturday, a minor off-course excursion on the Leona Ridge stage left the team stranded, resulting in a "DNF" (did not finish) on the scoreboard. Fortunately the car, a 2005 Subaru WRX STi prepared by Techsport Racing with major support from Scott Roofing, wasn't damaged when it got high-centered on a berm.
"This was a race where we felt really well prepared," said Dillon. "There's nothing like feeling comfortable in the car and with the team to boost your confidence and help you excel."
"I felt like the car was a bit loose on Leona Ridge," reported the driver. "The tail kept stepping out. When we came around this one downhill corner, we slid wide up onto a berm and got stuck. Two different teams stopped to try and pull them clear, but we were buried too deep into the sand." The first was the Evo driven by their Techsport Racing teammates, Amy BeberVanzo and Alex Kirihani. Later, Paul Willemsen and Travis Bos stopped with their Eclipse,coincidentally a car they'd bought from Brian a couple of years earlier.
It was fortunate for the team that the car stopped where it did. "I opened my door to jump out and get the triangles in place [part of the safety procedures used in the sport], but I realized there was nothing for me to step onto--it was a sheer drop of several hundred feet. I told Brian I'd be getting out on his side. As I was climbing over the seats I bumped into the gear shift knob. It's a good thing we had no traction or we might have had a really weird accident!"
"Our regional win on Friday was my first overall victory," explained Scott, "though I've had plenty of class wins in my career. It's a shame that Friday's satisfaction was offset with Saturday's disappointment." Still, he takes it all in stride, saying "It was another learning experience. I've studied the in-car video tapes and seen some things I'll do differently next time. Hey, at least there's no damage to the car!"
The team is competing for the title in the United States Rally Championship series. The next event takes them to Olympia, WA, for the Olympus Rally, May 18-21. Along the way they'll stop at Perforce Software headquarters in Alameda, CA, to meet the employees and give them a chance to check out the rally car up close.
The team stays at the Inn of Lancaster when racing at Rim, and the hotel offers team discounts to rally fans and officials too. Scott Roofing of Phoenix, AZ, provides significant backing to the Techsport/Widget partnership, while Perforce Software (www.perforce.com) also provides financial support. 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.
Photo © 2006 Bill Rogers of Motorsport Memories
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