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Mr. D Loves Company

The season opener sports a combination of simple touring with a tricky transit section thrown in for good measure!

MR. D LOVES COMPANY

Saturday, April 13, 2019
by Simon Levear

Rallymaster Simon Levear delivered a great season opener with the April 13 Saturday Road Rally.

The course offered beautiful scenery and fun-to-drive roads, including a lap around Hagg Lake, ending in Cornelius. Although the route was easy to follow, the TRAP TRANSIT section was tricky. Six route instructions offered two optional actions: A or B. One was correct (zero points) and one wasn’t (50 points).

First overall was the Unlimited team of Rebecca Ruston and Russ Kraushaar. Second in Unlimited and second overall was the team of Paul Eklund and Brandon Harer. Larry Anson and Fran Hanchek finished third overall and first place in the SOP class. Eric Olbricht and Alexander Olbricht took first place Novice.

Did I mention the TRAP TRANSIT was tricky? NRI 50 made the difference between the top two teams. At a four-way intersection, the road straight ahead had a back-facing stop sign, the road to the right had a back-facing stop sign, and the road to the left did not have a back-facing stop sign. MRD 3.3 PROTECTION directs you to take the “single road which leaves the intersection without a back-facing stop or yield sign on it”. If you went left you correctly executed part B of the instruction for zero penalty points.

Most teams tripped on NRI 53, also a main road trap. You are on an unpaved road, when you encounter an intersection with three apparent choices: straight ahead is paved, the road on the right is marked “dead end” (not a rally road), and the road on the left is unpaved. MRD 3.4 SURFACE says, “The main road is the obvious continuation beyond an intersection of the road with the same type of surface as that which you approached the intersection on." If you went left to stay on the unpaved surface you correctly executed part B of the instruction for zero penalty points.

April Road Rally Results

Car #

Driver / Navigator

Class

Leg 1

Leg 2

Leg 3

Leg 4

Traps

Total

1

Rebecca Ruston / Russ Kraushaar

UNL

2

2

5

7

0

16

10

Paul Eklund / Brandon Harer

UNL

2

3

5

7

50

67

8

Larry Anson / Fran Hanchek

SOP

19

37

57

51

0

164

16

Sean Anderson / Tonia Anderson

SOP

30

15

19

63

50

177

14

Marcus Gattman / Kerrie Steffenson

SOP

11

14

62

8

100

195

17

Tom Kreger / Cynthia Bushell

SOP

4

21

21

197

100

343

13

Eric Olbricht / Alexander Olbricht

NOV

70

44

114

47

150

425

9

Torm Kelsey Green / Kasey Klaus

SOP

63

194

192

96

0

545

15

Dave Wilson / Sherry Wilson

NOV

109

55

80

251

100

595

7

James Pott / Bill Cohnstaedt

NOV

109

25

220

129

150

633

6

Madelane / Tyson Boatman

NOV

9

72

180

300

150

711

31

Larry McCartin / Christy Temple

SOP

249

99

277

72

50

747

4

Besty Blackie / Laura McKean

NOV

300

228

188

33

150

899

5

Chris White / Twyla Banksma

NOV

163

69

300

300

100

932

12

John Elkin / Robby Elkin

SOP

300

92

300

300

100

1092

2

Jordan Green / Carol Greer

NOV

300

300

300

300

200

1400

11

Alexander Villarreal / Case Hiatt

NOV

300

300

300

300

250

1450



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