Empire State Performance Rally 2014

APRIA-2572Rock Hill New York, April 26th, 27th

 

Empire State Performance Rally returned for 2014 to Rock Hill NY. Continuing as the only all tarmac rally in the United states. The curving fast flowing roads surrounding the small town of Rock Hill played host to the event.  It also included Special Stages of one lap each at the ultra posh Monticello Motor Club. Think the Bushwood of Race tracks. For 2014 due to the higher grip levels and speed attainable on tarmac. The organizers implemented more chicanes in an effort to slow the cars down on the closed public road sections. This is done for two reasons; number one safety and number two it reduces the competitive advantage of the awd cars over the traction handicapped 2wd cars.

Car entries this year ranged as always from open class turbocharged machines to less powerful  fwd and rwd machines.

 

The rally wasn’t without problems for some competitors. While there were no major “offs”, mechanical issues forced many teams to retire from two day competition and race under super rally rules. This allows teams to re-start the second day with a time penalty. This can help teams still have a chance at single day points and valuable experience on the stages.

 

Car #70 the Mitsubishi EVO 8 of Gary Donoghue and Kieran Mc Elhinney lead the field early on in the event, but DNF’ed at the end of the Day 1 stages. This opened up the lead to the brother and sister team of Nick Mathew and Kelly Mathew piloting the #993 Subaru WRX STi. The Mathews had never competed on pure tarmac before. This obviously wasn’t an issue as there where only two stages out of 13 completed that they didn’t win or place 2nd on.

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The second place overall car was #33 the Mitsubishi Lancer EVO X of Micheal O’Leary and Marcel Ciascai. The team made a clean drive to secure second place.

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Winning stages helps but rallying is about consistency and finishing. Car #10 the turbocharged 2wd Ford Focus Zx3 of Erik Potts and Joachim Sandgaard stayed consistent and fast. Finishing 3rd overall and first in 2wd.

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Matt Brandenburg and co-driver Elliott Sherwood managed to show that an E36 M3 even running high performance street tires should not be underestimated. Brandenburg and Sherwood were able to post the fastest times of SS10 and SS11 held on the Monticello Motor Club road course.

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The Porsche of Jack and Helga Lewis looked as good as it sounded.

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Tarmac allows some unconventional rally cars to run like this E46 M3 of Peter Guagenti and Matthew Rhoads.

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Fully gallery can be found here

Here is the final results;

Pos  No Driver                    Navigator                 Vehicle                    Class   Time     
1 933 Nick Mathew               Kelly Mathew              Subaru WRX STi             AWD     1:07:37
2  33 Micheal O’Leary           Marcel Ciascai            Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X    AWD     1:10:54
3  10 Erik Potts                Joachim Sandgaard         Ford Focus ZX3             2WD     1:11:58
4 920 Donal Crooke              Bruce Leonard             Subaru Impreza WRX Sti     AWD     1:12:27
5   2 Kevin Allen               Elizabeth Cordara         Subaru Impreza             AWD     1:13:09
6  38 Alex Kuklov               Christopher Rosato        Subaru Impreza RS          AWD     1:14:31
6 922 Peter Guagenti            Matthew Rhoads            BMW M3                     2WD     1:14:31
8  34 Dmitriy Martynov          Daniel Salive             Subaru Impreza             2WD     1:14:32
9  11 Michael Reilly            Joshua Benthien           Ford Focus                 2WD     1:14:40
10   1 Erika Detota              Mary B. Warren            Subaru Impreza             2WD     1:14:41
11  28 Jack Lewis                Helga Lewis               Porsche 911                2WD     1:16:12
12  80 Larry Duane               Brian Heneghan            Ford Escort Mk II          2WD     1:19:11
13  41 Scott Beliveau            James Beliveau            Volkswagen Golf            2WD     1:19:15
14 932 Daniel Petrillo           Christopher Strew         Subaru Impreza WRX STi     AWD     1:19:50
15  14 Jim Kelly                 Dean Thuline              Ford Escort GT             2WD     1:19:52
16   4 Simon Wright              Kieran Wright             Subaru Impreza             AWD     1:19:53
17 910 Scott Spears              Steven Harrell            Dodge Neon                 2WD     1:24:40
DNF 907 Lajos Jonas               Villa Cseh                BMW 325                    2WD
DNF  18 Mark Hille                Thomas Gundersen          Merkur Xr4ti               2WD
DNF  48 Matt Brandenburg          Elliott Sherwood          BMW E36 M3                 2WD
DNF  35 Alvin Fong                William Machin            Mitsubishi Evo 9           AWD
DNF  26 Steve Jackson             Pascal Belperron          BMW 318is                  2WD
DNF  74 William Petrow            Jeremy Neyhart            Nissan 240sx               2WD
DNF  21 J. Tyler Rohrer           Dane Hylen                Volkswagen Rabbit GTI      2WD
DNF  70 Gary Donoghue             Kieran Mc Elhinney        Mitsubishi Evo 8           AWD
DNF  75 Martin Egan               Jarrah Lankas             Subaru Impreza STi         AWD
DNS   8 Gary DeMasi               Stephen B. Kurey          Ford Ranger GD50           2WD
DNS  23 Justin Carven             Timothy Meunier           Volkswagen Rabbit Diesel   2WD
DNS  82 Michael Madden            Keith Mc Hugh             Mitsubishi Eclipse         AWD

Classes:
AWD = All Wheel Drive
2WD = Two Wheel Drive

NASA Rally Sport Day 1 Results

Pos  No Driver                    Navigator                 Vehicle                    Class   Time     
1 933 Nick Mathew               Kelly Mathew              Subaru WRX STi             OAH     37:04
2  33 Micheal O’Leary           Marcel Ciascai            Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X    OAH     39:16
3 920 Donal Crooke              Bruce Leonard             Subaru Impreza WRX Sti     OAH     39:30
4  10 Erik Potts                Joachim Sandgaard         Ford Focus ZX3             O2H     39:35
5   2 Kevin Allen               Elizabeth Cordara         Subaru Impreza             OAL     40:25
6  26 Steve Jackson             Pascal Belperron          BMW 318is                  O2L     40:52
7  35 Alvin Fong                William Machin            Mitsubishi Evo 9           OAH     40:55
8  38 Alex Kuklov               Christopher Rosato        Subaru Impreza RS          OAL     41:09
9   1 Erika Detota              Mary B. Warren            Subaru Impreza             O2H     41:11
10  34 Dmitriy Martynov          Daniel Salive             Subaru Impreza             O2H     41:12
11 922 Peter Guagenti            Matthew Rhoads            BMW M3                     O2H     41:27
12  11 Michael Reilly            Joshua Benthien           Ford Focus                 O2H     42:11
13  28 Jack Lewis                Helga Lewis               Porsche 911                O2L     42:26
14  14 Jim Kelly                 Dean Thuline              Ford Escort GT             O2L     42:56
15  80 Larry Duane               Brian Heneghan            Ford Escort Mk II          O2L     43:04
16  18 Mark Hille                Thomas Gundersen          Merkur Xr4ti               O2H     43:27
17  41 Scott Beliveau            James Beliveau            Volkswagen Golf            O2L     43:46
18   4 Simon Wright              Kieran Wright             Subaru Impreza             OAL     43:53
19 932 Daniel Petrillo           Christopher Strew         Subaru Impreza WRX STi     OAH     44:59
20 910 Scott Spears              Steven Harrell            Dodge Neon                 O2L     48:13
DNF  70 Gary Donoghue             Kieran Mc Elhinney        Mitsubishi Evo 8           OAH
DNF  48 Matt Brandenburg          Elliott Sherwood          BMW E36 M3                 O2H
DNF 907 Lajos Jonas               Villa Cseh                BMW 325                    O2L
DNF  74 William Petrow            Jeremy Neyhart            Nissan 240sx               O2H
DNF  75 Martin Egan               Jarrah Lankas             Subaru Impreza STi         OAH
DNF  21 J. Tyler Rohrer           Dane Hylen                Volkswagen Rabbit GTI      O2H
DNS   8 Gary DeMasi               Stephen B. Kurey          Ford Ranger GD50           O2H
DNS  23 Justin Carven             Timothy Meunier           Volkswagen Rabbit Diesel   O2H
DNS  82 Michael Madden            Keith Mc Hugh             Mitsubishi Eclipse         OAH

Classes:
SH = Stock Heavy
O2L = Open 2WD Light
SM = Stock Medium
SL = Stock Light
OAH = Open AWD Heavy
OAL = Open AWD Light
O2H = Open 2WD Heavy

NASA Rally Sport Day 2 Results

Pos  No Driver                    Navigator                 Vehicle                    Class   Time     
1 933 Nick Mathew               Kelly Mathew              Subaru WRX STi             OAH     30:33
2  33 Micheal O’Leary           Marcel Ciascai            Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X    OAH     31:38
3  10 Erik Potts                Joachim Sandgaard         Ford Focus ZX3             O2H     32:23
4  11 Michael Reilly            Joshua Benthien           Ford Focus                 O2H     32:29
5   2 Kevin Allen               Elizabeth Cordara         Subaru Impreza             OAL     32:44
6 920 Donal Crooke              Bruce Leonard             Subaru Impreza WRX Sti     OAH     32:57
7 922 Peter Guagenti            Matthew Rhoads            BMW M3                     O2H     33:04
8  34 Dmitriy Martynov          Daniel Salive             Subaru Impreza             O2H     33:20
9  38 Alex Kuklov               Christopher Rosato        Subaru Impreza RS          OAL     33:22
10   1 Erika Detota              Mary B. Warren            Subaru Impreza             O2H     33:30
11  28 Jack Lewis                Helga Lewis               Porsche 911                O2L     33:46
12 932 Daniel Petrillo           Christopher Strew         Subaru Impreza WRX STi     OAH     34:51
13   8 Gary DeMasi               Stephen B. Kurey          Ford Ranger GD50           O2H     35:01
14  41 Scott Beliveau            James Beliveau            Volkswagen Golf            O2L     35:29
15   4 Simon Wright              Kieran Wright             Subaru Impreza             OAL     36:00
16  80 Larry Duane               Brian Heneghan            Ford Escort Mk II          O2L     36:07
17 910 Scott Spears              Steven Harrell            Dodge Neon                 O2L     36:27
18 907 Lajos Jonas               Villa Cseh                BMW 325                    O2L     36:29
19  14 Jim Kelly                 Dean Thuline              Ford Escort GT             O2L     36:56
20  21 J. Tyler Rohrer           Dane Hylen                Volkswagen Rabbit GTI      O2H     38:34
DNF  48 Matt Brandenburg          Elliott Sherwood          BMW E36 M3                 O2H
DNF  18 Mark Hille                Thomas Gundersen          Merkur Xr4ti               O2H
DNF  35 Alvin Fong                William Machin            Mitsubishi Evo 9           OAH
DNF  26 Steve Jackson             Pascal Belperron          BMW 318is                  O2L
DNF  74 William Petrow            Jeremy Neyhart            Nissan 240sx               O2H
DNS  23 Justin Carven             Timothy Meunier           Volkswagen Rabbit Diesel   O2H
DNS  70 Gary Donoghue             Kieran Mc Elhinney        Mitsubishi Evo 8           OAH
DNS  75 Martin Egan               Jarrah Lankas             Subaru Impreza STi         OAH
DNS  82 Michael Madden            Keith Mc Hugh             Mitsubishi Eclipse         OAH

Classes:
SM = Stock Medium
SH = Stock Heavy
O2L = Open 2WD Light
O2H = Open 2WD Heavy
OAL = Open AWD Light
OAH = Open AWD Heavy
SL = Stock Light

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