For Immediate Release
September 7, 2010
Bangor, Maine USA
Last Ditch Racing is heading to Quebec, Canada for Rallye Defi, round 5 of the 2010 Canadian Rally Championship.
Having had a mixed 2010 season that saw a return to form at the New England Forest Rally in July, Driver John Cassidy and Co-Driver Dave Getchell arenxious to get back to Canada.
“We’ve always enjoyed competing in Canada, and given our geographic location here in Maine, it feels more like home to us than the US Championship,” said Driver/Owner John Cassidy The team last competed at Rallye Defi in 2008, and suffered a premature end to their rally when the car was filled with contaminated fuel. “It was devastating-we had a max lateness penalty on the first day, despite having a car that was fully functional after the fuel was changed.”
LDR is unfortunately familiar with french rallying term, “Force Majeure,” and vowed to return again when the time was right. “We’ve developed the car to a point where we feel we can be competitive in Canada again.” Although running a 2.0L engine in their 2003 Subaru STi rally car, the team feels they can challenge some of the crews with larger displacement motors. “We may be behind the curve a bit in terms of displacement and with our transmission versus other teams, but we have the skill to push and the maturity to know when to pull it back a bit.”
Cassidy and Getchell have a history of success in Canada. 2004 saw Cassidy take second Open Class driver in the championship and fourth overall driver. 2005 saw Cassidy and Getchell take second overall at the Rocky Mountain Rally behind Thomson/Hendrickson, with Cassidy again taking second Open Class driver for the season. “We’ve definitely had the majority of our success in Canada. Concentrating on the Rally America Eastern Regional Championship for the past few seasons has really limited what we’ve been able to do in Canada, and we’re happy to point the tow rig North again!”
The team plans to start 2011 with Rallye Perce Neige in Maniwaki. “It’s been far too long since Dave and I have been to Perce Neige as a team and we’re excited to start the season off with what is arguably one of the most difficult events of the championship for a driver.”
The team would especially like to thank VP Racing Fuels for their support in 2010. “The return to VP race fuels has a lot to do with our increased performance, and we’ve been amazed at what the Motorsport 109E fuel has allowed us to do with our engine tuning and we’re looking forward to pushing the envelope a bit more in 2011!”
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