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Thunderbird Rally Official Results  February 19, 2001

Gary Webb and John Kisela Win the 30th Thunderbird Rally!

CACHE CREEK, BC - British Columbia's challenging winter driving adventure, the Specialty Subaru Thunderbird Rally presented by Nokian Tyres, was won last weekend by the bi-coastal American team of driver Gary Webb, from Mechanics Falls, Maine, and navigator John Kisela, from Seattle, Washington.

Beating out a record field of 54 cars, Webb and Kisela piloted their Subaru Legacy through ice and snow covered gravel roads over 1000 km between Cache Creek and Williams Lake.  Although they have placed near the top several years in a row, they have never won this event before.

The rally was waved off from Kal Tire in Cache Creek by mayor John Ranta, and the crews headed into the Arrowstone Hills, before trekking up to Green Lake, Bridge Lake and Canim Lake, on their way to a well deserved rest stop in 100 Mile House.  The retirements started early: the venerable Dodge Colt of Edmonton team Chichak and Basford lost its alternator near Green Lake, and the crew decided wisely against trying night driving without lights.  The "Hog of Steel", the Alaska Rally Team's classic Saab 96, piloted by Garth Ankeny and John Joyce, made a wrong turn early in the event, losing a great deal of time before mechanical difficulties put them out of the event.

Tanks refilled and lights uncovered, the teams headed up past Rail Lake and along a road nick-named the Luge Run, for its narrow twisty sections and high snowbanks.  Here the driving got more challenging, and several more crews got marooned in the snow, several at one corner in fact!  The route continued across the Fraser River, to a spectacular loop around Meldrum Creek in pitch darkness, and then to the overnight stop in Williams Lake.

The second day started off with freshly falling snow hiding all manner of icy patches along the Dog Creek Road, tracing the east rim of the Fraser Canyon.  Spectacular drop-offs and treacherous road conditions didn't slow down the crews much, but it was enough to separate the scores of the front runners.  After the final timed section, the crews took a few fun laps around the ice racing course on Barkes Lake, and then retired to the Wander Inn in Cache Creek for dinner and awards.

When all was said and done, Webb and Kisela had won by just one point over R. Dale Kraushaar, of Fountain Hills, Arizona, and Larry Richardson of Costa Mesa, California.  Top historic team by a wide margin, and taking the Wilkinson's Automobilia prize, was the head of the colourful Alaska Rally Team, Satch "på taket" Carlson, of Anchorage, and navigator Russ Kraushaar, of Battle Ground, Washington, in a 1969 Saab Sonett, with a 70's vintage Zeron rally computer.

Many thanks go out to all of the volunteers who make the event possible, and to the event sponsors, Nokian Tyres, Specialty Subaru, Wilkinson's Automobilia and Polaris Water, and to all of the teams who have continued to support this historic event year after year.

The next event in the BC Rally Championship is April 21, The Heart of Darkness.  For more information or photographs, please see www.rallybc.com or contact Paul Westwick paul@rallybc.com (604) 682-3296.

Specialty Subaru Thunderbird Rally Presented by Nokian Tyres Top 10 finishers:
1 Gary Webb John Kisela Subaru Legacy unlimited class
2 R.Dale Kraushaar Larry Richardson Subaru Impreza 2.5RS unlimited class
3 Jim Breazeale Christy Breazeale Audi 90 Quattro unlimited class
4 Glenn Wallace Richard Squire Subaru Impreza 2.5RS unlimited class
5 John Fouse Dennis Wende Subaru SV-X unlimited class
6 Satch Carlson Russ Kraushaar Saab Sonett historic class
7 Roy Lima John Rapson Subaru Legacy Turbo calculator class
8 Bob Chandler Marc Clemmens Datsun 240Z unlimited class
9 Daryl Leiski Grant Lindsay Nissan 200SX calculator class
10 Josh Keatly Catherine Isaac Ford Focus calculator class
Car #  2 Gary Webb John Kisela Subaru Legacy unlim 7
Car #  5 R.Dale Kraushaar Larry Richardson Impreza 2.5RS unlim 8
Car #  6 Jim Breazeale Christy Breazeale Audi 90 unlim 10
Car #  1 Glenn Wallace Richard Squire Impreza 2.5RS unlim 12
Car #  3 John Fouse Dennis Wende Subaru SV-X unlim 22
Car # 42 Satch Carlson Russ Kraushaar Saab Sonett historic 30
Car #  4 Roy Lima John Rapson Subaru Legacy calc 54
Car # 40 Bob Chandler Marc Clemmens Datsun 240Z unlim 56
Car # 10 Daryl Leiski Grant Lindsay Nissan 200SX calc 81
Car # 11 Josh Keatly Catherine Isaac Ford Focus calc 87
Car #  7 Steve Brown David Glassman BMW 325ix calc 89
Car # 13 Dave Rush Willy Schmidt Dodge Ram Van calc 139
Car # 14 Ron Sorem Josh Sorem Subaru Sport Wagon paper 142
Car # 25 Peter Ryce Tim Ryce Nissan Sentra unlim 189
Car # 12 Brian Thomlinson Michael Bayrock VW Jetta calc 215
Car # 19 Mark Wingert John Wingert Toyota Celica AllTrac calc 218
Car # 29 Jamie Thomas John Felstead Subaru Impreza 2.5RS unlim 251
Car # 36 Mike Welland Gordon Passmore BMW 2002 historic 259
Car # 38 Gil Stuart Arnie Lang Volvo 123GT historic 339
Car # 32 Kristen Tabor Scott Hyun Audi 4000 Quattro paper 361
Car # 31 Matt Tabor Chris Hale Subaru Impreza 2.5RS paper 373
Car # 46 Dan Fealk Stuart Fealk Subaru Impreza 2.5RS novice 377
Car # 30 John Tabor Darlene Sackett Dodge Neon paper 401
Car # 15 Mark Ward Mathew Kobernick Subaru Legacy calc 436
Car # 18 Eric Hammond Ryan Kangas Impreza Outback Sport calc 477
Car # 47 Alan McColl Gary Bysouth BMW 325e novice 498
Car # 21 Mike West Erik Grochowski Nissan 200SX calc 517
Car #  8 Scott Trinder Asad Suleiman Toyota Celica GTS calc 571
Car # 17 Budd Stanley Brian Hernandez Toyota MR2 calc 603
Car # 33 David Schoenmaker Jack Garrett Ford Focus novice 620
Car # 16 Fred Wiedemann Shelly Donaldson Suzuki Swift calc 667
Car # 51 Lucas Poskrobko Derek Leep VW Golf novice 709
Car # 34 David Ellis Judd Gallagher Subaru RX turbo novice 714
Car # 49 Jody Dorchester Richard Wharmby Mazda 323GTX novice 763
Car # 48 Ryan Ennis Anji Bemben Toyota Celica AllTrac novice 814
Car # 45 Richard Childs Helen Welter BMW 2002 historic 815
Car # 26 Andy Sharples Judy Sharples Subaru RX unlim 832
Car # 56 Greg Gorski Barbie Gorski Ford F350 4x4 novice 855
Car # 55 Erik Silden Dano Baker VW Rabbit novice 906
Car # 22 Ray Mendez Adam White Subaru Impreza 2.5RS unlim 985
Car # 53 Chad Ptasinski Alex Dawes VW Scirocco novice 1377
Car # 57 Dale VanWyck Jessica Velie VW Beetle historic 1482
Car # 37 Howie Wong Ken Nickel Ford Zephyr Zodiac historic 1680
Car # 27 Chi Tsang Ryan Hines Subaru Impreza 2.5RS paper 1756
Car # 39 Teresa Davenport Greg Hightower Saab Sonett historic 1780
Car # 28 Mark Tabor Gerald Koellermeier Mazda 323GTX paper 1869
Car # 44 Guy Recordon David Recordon Saab Sonett historic 2941
Car # 23 Michael Garvais Kim Prater Range Rover unlim 3100
Car # 20 Brian Palidar Sarah Rees VW Scirocco calc 2797 DNF
Car # 50 Richard Chang Jeff Tran Subaru Impreza 2.5RS novice 3097 DNF
Car # 43 Garth Ankeny Jay Kennedy VW Karmann-Ghia historic 3848 DNF
Car # 35 Ian Basford Marcel Chichak Dodge Colt calc 4806 DNF
Car # 41 Fred Ankeny John Joyce Saab 96 historic 5144 DNF
Car # 52 Jason Jackson Ryan Carriere Lada Niva novice DNF
Car # 54 Charles Mai Michael Olivan Subaru Impreza 2.5RS novice DNS
Car #  9 S Richards Gary Reid Toyota Starlet calc DNS
Car # 24 Ian Leslie Hans Gutmann Plymouth Laser unlim DNS
DNF in the totals refers to teams not classified as finishers. To be classified as a finisher, the car must have passed at least one control in each leg.
DNS in the totals refers to teams that pre-registered but were not present at the start.
Last Updated on 2001-03-04 
By Dennis Wende
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