Musketeer Racing, a New York City-based performance rally team, finished third overall in this weekend’s Baie de Chaleurs Rally, held in New Richmond, Quebec, Canada. The event is the fifth round of the Canadian Rally Championship Series. The finish marks the fourth consecutive podium finish for the Musketeer Racing/Timefactors team in the Canadian championships, where they are currently in third position.
The first and second place finishers were the crews of Tom McGeer/Mark Williams and Pat Richard/Ian McCurdy, driving for the Subaru factory Canada team. “Being top privateer and top Mitsubishi driver is a great thrill,” said driver Andrew Comrie-Picard. “It’s a testament to the car and Four Star’s preparation work that we’ve been able to land on four consecutive podiums!”
The rally started with six stages run in the dark on Friday evening, including the Camp Brule stage, where the spectator marshals reported more than 1.000 persons spectating. Nine stages were contested on Saturday, in wet, muddy conditions.
The team had a minor mishap on stage 12, where going wide on the exit of a “Medium Left over crest, Tightens” resulted in a bent rear fender, a lost rear bumper, and a broken right rear taillight. Other than that, the rally went smoothly for the team, with only minor adjustments required at service.
“Great organization, almost 200 kilometers of good stages, and absolutely fanatic spectators,” said co-driver Edstrom, “make for an excellent event.”
The next round of the Canadian championship is the Rally Defi St.Agathe, on September 7, 2002. Driver Comrie-Picard will attend, to continue his fight for the Canadian championship, but he’s looking for a co-driver to deputize, as Edstrom is spending that weekend getting married.
Musketeer Racing is supported by Timefactors.com, a Sheffield, UK-based retailer and manufacturer of quality timepieces. The team relies exclusively on the Timefactors PRS-1 “Speedbird” automatic mechanical watch for all timing needs.
Comrie-Picard’s rally training has been exclusively at Team O’Neil Rally School of Franconia, New Hampshire. Team O’Neil is North America’s most sophisticated rally school. Five-time champion Tim O’Neil has taught over 3000 students from around the world at his facility in New Hampshire and at specialty driving and racing schools in Europe. www.team-oneil.com
Vehicle service both on and between events is provided by Four Star Motorsports, Canada’s premier rally preparation shop. At their dedicated facility in Georgetown, near Toronto, Canada, they prepare and maintain all models of winning rally cars. The Sprongls, owners of Four Star, have won 6 Canadian National Championships and 4 North American Championships, and cars developed in their hands have won countless national and regional events.
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