2018 Waste Management Winter RallySprint – February 17, 2018
Press Notes #1 – Friday evening
Welcome to Wellsboro, Pennsylvania, and the third running of the Waste Management Winter RallySprint, sanctioned by the Sports Car Club of America as part of its RallySprint program for advanced amateur rallyists.
This “rally light” class is designed to help bridge the gap between RallyCross for beginners and stage rallying for the more serious competitors and is also a training ground for volunteers, organizers and race officials to get used to rally operations before working a stage rally. While the sensations of handling a performance rally car at speed on gravel roads are alive and well at a RallySprint, the stages are shorter, the roads do not have high-speed straights, the rally averages 70 mph instead of 80-plus mph, and the event is run entirely on private roads, minimizing the insurance risk. Because of the lower insurance costs, the competitor entry fee is reduced from the previous sanctioning body for this winter rally (before 2016).
Here are the online and social media references for the event:
Event website: http://wmwr.info/ (includes entry list, full rally schedule, spectator info) and for those who would like the best viewing spots on the course, Volunteer information and signup.
Social media links (official hashtag: #wmwr18)
Wellsboro Winter Celebration Schedule link (Adobe PDF)
The Spectator Area: Where to watch
The spectator area in Duncan was first established for the Waste Management event in 2014. Here, the fans will see the cars at speed negotiating the course. The spectator area is close to the service area giving fans another opportunity to see the drivers, crews and cars up close. The gates will open at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 17, with the first cars passing by just after noon. There will be a food vendor and portable bathrooms on-site, but amenities will be minimal. Spectator entrance cost is $5 per person, with free parking. Also, the cars will be at the Wellsboro Green at 11:00 am for a ceremonial start, part of the activity for this year’s Wellsboro Chamber of Commerce Winter Celebration.
The Weather: how will the course be tomorrow?
The weather is a big unknown – not that we don’t know the forecast – but we aren’t sure how the weather or traffic will affect the course. Last year, when the temperature was 60 degrees F, the course turned muddy very quickly. Tonight, the temperature is expected to be in the teens, freezing the surface water that has accumulated over the last week pf warm temperatures that melted the snow. The course workers bannering the stages today reported that the course was completely thawed and muddy, but all of that will freeze tonight. But the cars are likely to break through the ice while running at speed tomorrow, making a slushy, muddy course. Temperatures tomorrow will reach the mid-30’s, so the frozen areas – especially those not in the sun – might stay frozen. Last year, the organizing committee changed the rules to allow a greater selection of tires to help the competitors cope with changing condition.
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