Gary Sutherland from Juggernaut Motorsports has teamed up with Paul Hartl from the Over The Hill Rally Team this weekend at Rally Americas Sno*Drift Rally in Atlanta Michigan.
Unfortunately Paul’s regular co-driver had succumb to an injury just days before the event. “I was originally going up with Paul to help crew for him, but on Tuesday Paul called me asking if I would like to co-drive for him instead” said Gary. “Paul and I scrambled to get my rally licence renewed and thanks to CARS for being so accommodating everything is now in order.”
After two years in the silly seat Juggernaut Motorsports’ co-driver Gary Sutherland has started a rally car build of his own. Taking after his teammate Andrew Kulikowski, Gary has also chosen a 2000 Ford Focus ZX3 to prep for rally. They plan to have both cars out at the Lanark Highlands Forest Rally in May 2012.
Regrettably, we did not have the opportunity to compete at the Lanark Highlands Forest Rally this year due to un-forseen logistical issues regarding cage repair. We did however get the chance to volunteer, which meant we saw all of the usual suspects and met a few new ones. We were also afforded the luxury of a couple in depth conversations with competitors Pat Rainville and Sylvain Erickson amongst others.
The delay in cage repair has given us some time to rethink our goals and desires for this season. Looking forward, our tentative schedule is as follows:
Can-Jam Motorsports Black Bear Rally – a possibility
Rally of the Tallpines
Rallye Perce Neige
Stay tuned for the yet-to-be-seen changes to the cars appearance!!
Here are a few of the pictures we managed to capture from LHFR 2011:
Yes it is only two and a half weeks until the Lanark Highlands Forest Rally but we are well underway with the repairs after our roll at Perce Neige.
Part of this weekend and part of last weekend were spent at the wreckers getting replacement parts for the Focus. Some of the parts included new side mirrors, a new roof skin and some other goodies you will soon get to see!
We have added a few extra items to the exterior, both of which increase the performance, as well as the look of the car. Many of you have become familiar with our electrical tape designs, but be ready for a little bit of a change!
We are still shooting for the car to be ready May 7th for the Lanark Highlands Forest Rally.
I have posted a few pictures of the car in “deconstruction mode.”
After peeling the roof off from the Perce Neige crash, we have discovered a couple issues that require our attention. As it turns out, we hit the tree a lot harder than we thought we did. One of the half laterals has been dented in and needs replacement as does the roof X, which was sort of pinched when one of its bars bent from the same tree impact just prior to the half lateral.
The pictures speak for themselves but you can see a bow in the bar on the right side of the picture in the roof X which joins to the main hoop and half lateral, and the obvious dent in the half lateral in the next picture.
Though rather unfortunate circumstances, we would like to thank Ronnie O’Brien of O’Brien Motorsports for building a cage that allowed us to escape this incident free of harm. We will be working with Ronnie for the cage repair and plan on competing at the 2011 Lanark Highlands Forest Rally!
Since then, we have completed a partial tear down of the car, completed a little seam welding, and removed most of the glass (to be replaced with Lexan) etc. to prepare for LHFR in May.