The TechWorks Engineering-RSport Rally Team of driver Scott Trinder and co-driver Bill Westhead virtually dominated the second round of the Western Canadian Rally Championship (WCRC) this past weekend at the Rocky Mountain Rally. The team was the fastest amongst all the Western Championship
entries on every stage of the rally, held near Calgary, Alberta in the foothills of the spectacular Rocky Mountains.
Spectators at the event witnessed firsthand Trinder's crowd pleasing hang-it-out and drift it style. It was clear to all that the team's right hand drive yellow Subaru WRX was getting a workout.
"After spending two events re-learning how to drive in this new car, I just wanted to go out this weekend and have some fun," Trinder commented. "I was also able to let go of the mental aspect of driving a right hand drive rally car," he said.
Trinder's commitment from the right seat allowed the team to try and find more speed and it worked.
"We were finally able to get the car to dance and it felt great!" said an exalted Trinder. "The roads at this rally were awesome and it was comparable to an epic day of powder snowboarding, which to me is what rally is all about."
Mental preparation and focus helps find success.
"Prior to the event Scott said to me that he wanted to try and really throw the car around and just go for it," said Westhead. "He kept repeating a line that he once heard Canadian Rally Champion Pat Richard say, 'Just giv'er and the tires will grip'...and grip they did!"
"It was obvious to me that Scott was having fun driving while keeping the car well within our limits," Westhead commented. "Yet he managed to do this while staying focused on our team's goal for the weekend: to earn points toward the WCRC Championship; which we did and are now leading!"
High energy, commitment and solid preparation were evident throughout the day.
"Everyone here was quite impressed by their effort at this event," said TechWorks Engineering President Tom Penner. "They had a plan from the outset and by sticking with their strategy, it really paid off with the best possible result."
"We are proud to partner with the RSport team and were stoked to see them at the Blackfoot Motorcycle Park spectator stage," Penner continued. "They won both of the stages and put on quite a show for all to see. We expect to see more of this throughout the rest of the season."
With this victory, the RSport Rally Team duo now stand atop the series points battle for the 2005 WCRC.
Meanwhile you can catch the team in action again at the next round of the WCRC: the 2005 Mountain Trials Rally, being held on June 18th in Merritt, BC.