The dust has settled, the post Rally hangovers have begun to wane and the stories, photos and videos of another Rallye Baie des Chaleurs start to appear online. The 40th Anniversary of this storied event showed why, for many, Rallye BDC is one of the Premiere Rally events in North America.Conditions for this year’s rally were highly variable with the fast, technical roads changing from dry, to rough to muddy in the spam of feet keeping teams on their toes.
Local competitor Mal Swann returned to New Richmond, this year as co-driver to Sumit Panjabi in an open class Mitsubishi EVO X where they set a blistering pace. Panjabi is quoted as saying the BDC stages are ‘The fastest I have ever driven this car’. Minor incidents didn’t stop the team from securing a very respectable 10th overall, 8th in Open 4WD class. Also showing extremely well was Tim DIne calling the notes for Quebec driver Patrick Rainville came right behind in 11th place, 9th in Open 4WD class. Dine competed at the Baie in 2017 as Co-Driver for local competitor Jonathan Conrad.
James Whitman and Daphne Sleigh did not fare as well, unfortunately. After consistent and solid performances on Stage 1-5 the local veterans unfortunately joined the ranks of the many rally teams who have found out just what’s in the roadsides of the Baie’s stages after leaving the road on SS6. Both were unhurt but were unable to continue. Both are already considering a return in 2018.
Full results are available on RallyScoring.com. Photo galleries and other media will soon be available on CDNRally.com and where all Canadian Rally news can be found!
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The second event of the 2017 Canadian Rally Championship takes place this Saturday and Sunday in New Richmond, Quebec and several local competitors will be there!
#35 James Whitman and Daphne Sleigh will be making their first run at the roads of the Baie competing in the regional portion of the event on Saturday with their 1995 Golf and its new can’t-miss-it livery!
#27 Patrick Rainville takes along local co-driver Tim Dine, returning to the Baie after his first time there in 2016 co-driving for Jonathan Conrad. They’ll be competing in an open class 2001 Subaru Impreza.
#12 features veteran local Co-Driver Mal Swann, co-driving for Sumit Panjabi in an open class 2009 Mitubishi EVO X. Mal competed in 2016 as a driver in his vintage RX7 but has proven he’s equally good in either seat!
You can follow along with LIVE tracking during the rally Saturday and Sunday with our friends at http://live.cdnrally.com! Good luck guys! Rally Rally Rally!
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I might have a decal problem! Even more decal styles now available as well as some special limited edition magnets!
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A limited number of Rally East decals are available for purchase including 28″ Windshield banners. Banners are $10/ea, smaller decals are $5. Contact me if you’re interested!
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And we’re done until the fall! The 2016-2017 Bluenose Autosport Club RallyCross season was a resounding success with huge turnouts at every single event and thankfully very limited weather problems throughout. The season was capped off with another spectacular day at the Conrad Bros Ltd Quarry in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.
(Photo by Kevin Doubleday)
Full results from the season broken down by Overall, Class (Including Spec Yaris/Echo!) and Novice class can be found on the Bluenose Autosport Club Website here.
As a final send-off to the season BAC will be holding a RallyCross social dinner and awards presentation this Sunday, April 9th at Freeman’s Little New York in Sackville, Nova Scotia at 4pm! For full details and to RSVP see the Facebook Event Posting here. All are welcome to come out and reminisce about the season gone by and talk smack about the season yet to come!
There’s more Rally action all year long! The next event will the BAC RallySprint coming up this July! Keep an eye on the BAC Website and RallyEast for details!
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We’ve reached the end of the 2016-2017 Bluenose Autosport Club’s RallyCross season and to cap it off we’re headed back to the Conrad Brother’s Quarry in Dartmouth! This amazing facility is used for RallyCross and Rally events through their generous support and this will be an event not to miss!
For details see the Event’s Facebook page.
Note that this event is NO SPECTATORS due to its location. You must be actively participating in the event to attend. Conrad Bros’ are wonderful to us and the rally community and we have to be on our best behavour!
You can still attend by volunteering to help out, contact the organizers!
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Unfortunately Sunday’s RallyCross event at Scotia Speed World has been CANCELLED. Warm weather and rain with warmer and wetter on the way means the lot is very soft and not suitable for use. Next event is March 5th! Stay tuned for details!
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