Last year was the first running of the WINTR Series. This rally series, devised last year by Frank Beyer and I, includes a select set of winter time-speed-distance rallies in the northeast USA and eastern Canada to determine the top winter rally team in eastern North America. The title of the series is based on the full title Winter International Rally Series.
The WINTR Series in 2012 will be made up of four select rallies:
- Long Way Home, Piffard, NY: January 7, 2012
- Rallye des Neiges, Bromont, Quebec: January 28, 2012
- Ohio Winter Rally, Solon, Ohio: February 4, 2012
- Winter Challenge, Barre, Vermont: February 18, 2012
The best three results of these four rallies will be counted towards WINTR Series championship. A cash prize fund will be distributed at the conclusion of the series. Last year driver Ron Johnstonbaugh and navigator Jack van Kaenel won almost $400 each for winning the inaugural WINTR Series title.
Winter Roads are Just Around the Corner!
Local rally rules will prevail; however the local rallymaster establishes the overall finishing order is the order that we will use to score the WINTR Series. There are no classes in the WINTR Series due to the differences among the rallies. The main rule that we have for the WINTR Series is that there are as few rules as possible. Dealing with local rules is all part of the WINTR Series challenge.
By having three out of four events count, the head to head competition will be increased, while still allowing for one throw-away result or to sit out one rally. Also by having more of the competitors at common events, there will be a increased opportunities for socializing among the teams.
Frank & I will use this website plus other mans to promote the WINTR Series and to maintain the scoring results. So check here often. Get your plans underway for these excellent winter rallies and take up the challenge to determine the top winter ralliests.
Finally, Frank & I wish to mention that it is our intention to increase awareness and participation in all winter rallies throughout our area and promote all of the various local events and series, not just those that make up the WINTR Series.