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Old 01-13-2010, 06:22 PM   #1
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2010 New York Winter Rally - Jan. 23/24


January 23-24, 2010
More info: http://www.rallynewyork.net/nywr2010.html
Current Entries: http://newyorkwinter2010.rallies.inf...ies.php?type=u

HTPerformance is fielding a team running in a 2002 SVT Focus

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Driver: Michael Reilly, US
Co-Driver: Josh Benthien, US



Anybody else heading that way?



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Old 01-25-2010, 02:02 PM   #2
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The team led by Mike Reilly (Driver) and Josh Benthien (Co-driver) took home 2nd place in 2wd open class behind visiting veteran rally racer Claudiu David (Driver) and Mihaela Beldie (Co-driver) from Romania. Placing 2nd out of 7 2wd entries and among the top including the AWD entries.

Edit: Some discrepancy - Will have to update upon final ruling, but there is some uncertainty of the placing due to a prolonged service when we were swapping in a ball joint during a 15 min service. Crew had to drive 20miles to the nearest Autozone for spare balljoints to replace one that didn't pass tech. Hopefully the penalty isn't too harsh.




"Lil' Red" SVT

Stock SVT Motor
HTPerformance Zetec/SVT MAF Setup as Short Ram intake
HTPerformance prototype Braille Battery Box (Shed 30 lbs. off the front end)
HTPerformance Rear Toe Arms
High flow cat and 2.5" Stainless Exhaust
Performance Tune

Pro-flex coilover suspension with remote reservoirs
Stock SVT Swaybars

HTP drove out in our shop car "Ugly Betty," which was the best idea since the SVT ended up busting a wheel bearing towards the end of the first day of racing. We grabbed the spare SVT Knuckle/Hub setup from the shop car and got it onto Lil' Red during the final 45min Tech Service on Saturday before Parc Ferme at the Villa Roma. Without it the team would have been unable to compete in Sunday's race.

Sunday morning came and was a blistery 19 degrees Farenheit! Roads were icing over and studded ice tires became a necessity. A new set of Hankooks mounted to the 15" Compomotives proved to be a winning combination, upsetting the visiting team from Romania's race in the Team O'Neil Mazdaspeed3 and taking 1st for the 2wd class for Sunday.

Live Videos of parts of the event (recorded by Marcel Ciascai)
Parc Expose:
http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/4202366

Ceremonial Start Video:

http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/4173844

End of Day 1 - 45 min Tech Service: (~ min. 16 we are installing a new knuckle on Lil' Red after bearing failure)
http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/4182372

Podium Finish:
http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/4203050

Stay tuned for more video and images!

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Old 01-25-2010, 03:10 PM   #3
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is this an RA event?
USRC - http://www.unitedstatesrallychampionship.com/

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Updated News:

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Another heartbreak was experienced by the team of Michael Reilly and Josh Benthien in Ford Focus, who are the 2009 USRC Production Cup Winners. After outstanding performance in their two-wheel-drive car, they were in the fourth place overall, second in two-wheel-drive, until it was discovered that they failed to present their car at a time control and had to be disqualified by the Stewards.
An email from Co-driver Josh Benthien:

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I want to let you all know how sorry I am that all of your hard work and dedication this past weekend resulted in this outcome. I should have known better than to try and check in without the car and then exit service without going through time control. This is a mistake I'll never make again, and I don't fault the stewards in their enforcement of the rules.

I also want to say that I am proud and so thankful for all you did to keep us on the road. I am in awe of how despite our mechanical issues you were able to keep us in the hunt. I fully believe that next time we'll be on the podium.

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well that sucks about the dq

i'm only familiar w/ RA, i'm going to look more into this now.
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well that sucks about the dq

i'm only familiar w/ RA, i'm going to look more into this now.
Check out http://www.usrallychampionship.com/ and http://www.rallynewyork.com/

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Here are some great photos from ON A LIMB RACING:
http://www.onalimbracing.com/photos/...Rally_NY/8.htm
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