Mendocino Red Tail Rally Results

After a 30-year hiatus, the 2011 Mendocino Red Tail Rally returned to operation August 6th in Northern California. Based in Ukiah, CA and sanctioned by Rally America, the Rally took place on more than 54 miles of hard-packed twisty roads in the South Cow Mountain 0ff-Road Vehicle Park. Fourteen Rally teams arrived at the Mendocino Red Tail Rally excited to celebrate the event’s return as the second to last event in the 2011 Bilstein Southwest Regional Rally Cup.

Alex Rademacher, from Stateline, NV, along with girlfriend and co-driver, Jeani Yi, overcame a multitude of challenges for the 2011 Mendocino Rally overall win in their Subaru 2.5RS Open Light class rally car.

The couple’s challenges began early while on transit to the event when their rally car suddenly veered to the side of the road. Rademacher feared they broke an axle and began making arrangements for replacement parts. Fortunately, fellow competitors Adam Crane and Sean Medcroft, local Pacific Northwest favorites, stopped to assist Rademacher and Yi and pointed out that the problem was not a broken axle, but a lost axle nut. The team quickly found an extra axle nut and were back on the road soon after.

Later in the rally, Rademacher found himself in the lead after two-time Belgian Rally Champion, Derek Sterckx from Los Angeles, CA along with co-driver Karen Jankowski from San Diego, CA, lost their clutch on Stage 5. Prior to this, all eyes were on Sterckx and Jankowski as the favorites to win the event in their Open Class Mitsubishi EVO 6 transported from Europe, however, mechanical misfortune struck the team and they would not finish the rally.

Rademacher then concentrated on fending off a hard-charging Adam Crane to the end.

“(Adam Crane) had an amazing last stage, only 6 seconds off of my time with less horsepower and running on worn tires,” said Rademacher, “I think he drove the last stage better than I did.”

“The return of the Mendocino Red Tail Rally was an amazing experience for Jeani and I,” continued Redemacher, “Great people, amazing roads, good weather. Fun was had by all. The roads practically forced you to link your drifts together!”

Group 2 Class honors went to George Doganis from Orange County, CA and co-driver Tom Smith from Lakewood, CA in a Honda Civic who fiercely traded stage times with Tom and Dick Moser’s Volkswagen Golf. The competition between teams was so evenly paired that they amazingly finished the first stage with the exact same finish time! However, Moser’s rally came to an abrupt end with a broken axle not long after on Stage 6.

2011 Mendocino Red Tail Official Scoring Results presented by Rallydata.com:

OA Car
Place # Driver / Co-Driver Car Score Class
1 390 Alex Rademacher / Jeana Yi Impreza RS 2.5 1:00:07 1 Open Lite
2 792 George Doganis / Thomas Smith Honda Civic 1:01:01 1 Group 2
3 742 Adam Crane / Sean Medcroft Toyota Corolla 1:01:43 2 Group 2
4 337 Andrew Lockhart / R Lockhart VW Golf 1:02:34 3 Group 2
5 500 Kevin Kardos / Corey Salsbery Subaru Impreza 1:05:23 2 Open Lite
6 190 Jason Staats / Nick Taylor Nissan Sentra 1:06:02 4 Group 2
7 104 Albert Kun / Don Burress Volvo 242 1:06:47 5 Group
8 256 Javier Olivares / Brock Heinz Mitsubishi Galant 1:09:13 6 Group 2
9 446 Jen Imai / Terry Stonecipher Suzuki Swift GT 1:12:04 7 Group
10 49 Sean Lane / Christian Coulter Dodge Neon 1:49:49 8 Group 2
343 Tim Moser / Dick Moser VW Golf GTi DNF Group 2
28 Jose Angeles / Jun Castrence Toyota Corolla DNF Group 2
14 David Sterckx / K Jankowski Mitsubishi Evo 6 DNF Open
72 Roger Matthews / D Matthews VW Rabbit GTIDNF Group 2

Photos: Bill Rogers Motorsport Memories

About the Bilstein Southwest RallyCup Series:
Based out of Southern California, Southwest RallyCup is a series over 7 years that supports both organizers and competitors in the Southwest region and competitors who come from out of region to support the southwest area events. The series main goal is to bring awareness about the southwest region and to help events to be successful, fun and rewarding to both sides of the rally program. Which is supported by the title sponsor Bilstein USA, Lucas Oil, Subaru Southwest Region, Rallygrafix.com, K2 Awards, Team O’Neil Rally School, Real Estate of South Bay, Poly Performance, Fast Aid, Silverstone Tyres, etc.

About Rally America , Inc.
Based in Golden Valley, Minn., Rally America sanctions the premier performance rally series in the United States, the Rally America National Championship Series. In 2011, Rally America conducted six National Championship events at venues across the country, from Olympia, Washington to Newry, Maine. Rally America competitors reach speeds of well over 100 mph in modified street cars on natural-terrain courses consisting of gravel, dirt or snow. Additionally, Rally America also sanctions the 2011 U.S. Rallycross Championship which features rally cars racing door-to-door on tricky tarmac/dirt race tracks. More information about Performance Rally and Rallycross can be found at www.rally-america.com, and videos can viewed at www.youtube.com/rallyamericaseries.

About the California Rally Series:
The California Rally Series is the premier performance rally championship in the southwestern United States. The Series incorporates events from various sanctioning bodies in order to create a meaningful regional championship for its members. The Series celebrates more than 35 continuous years of performance rally, making it the longest running rally series in the United States. To learn more about the California Rally Series visit www.californiarallyseries.com.

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