Sixteen crews braved a rather biting cold wind to enter the final double header round of the 2021 Ontario Road Rally Cup (ORRC) series, starting and finishing at the ONroute Hwy 401 West service centre near Cambridge. While the day’s weather started rather dull and we finished at dusk, the sun came out for part of the day to provide some sun lit blue sky.
The first event of the double header was the Northern Lights Rally, which also included the final round of the KWRC’s SNATR series. The 103 km route run predominately south of Hwy 401 in the Puslinch, Rockton and Freelton area. The Friday route recce revealed one planned road segment had been closed due to localized flooding. This led to a quick re-route around the block, necessitating providing crews with some additional instructions to get around the detour and pick up the rally route at the other side of the closed road. Four of the experts finished with about a one minute penalty or less, including a tie for first. The novice and beginner classes were similarly close over the first couple of positions in each.
The second rally of the double header was the Aurora Borealis Rally. As it was an ORRC only event (with ten entries), it was longer at 143 km and ran mostly north of Hwy 401 in the Cambridge, Eden Mills, and Morriston area, including a mid-rally break in Moffit. During the Friday recce a tree was down across the road just before one of the checkpoint locations. This was dragged off the road and brush cleared so as to prevent any issues with cars going around a fallen tree as they approach a checkpoint. The expert results were very close again, with three crews finishing with a half a minute penalty or less. The top two novice finishers were also very close, being within about half a minute of each other.
All the checkpoint crews made it to their assigned locations, although some setting up just as the first car came along. This was due to the spread-out nature of the rallies and the need to have checkpoint crews move from one location to another. Can’t do this without them!
At the finish, crews visited outside in the parking lot while the final results were tallied. The consensus of the crews seemed to be that the rally instructions were both interesting and a bit of a challenge, while not providing any serious headaches! The final results and award presentation was held in a rather breezy and chilling wind as it got dark. After that, people headed back to their cars to warm up and head home after what appeared to be a rather fun day.
We would like to thank all the folks that made this happen: The organizers (Roger (me) and Doug) for coming up with a good route and some interesting instructions, I hope you all liked them.
The checkpoints: Steve, Frank, Jeff, Christina & Gary, Roger & Doug and a new crew of Ham friends, Mike and Linda. Thanks to you all, we could not do it without you.
Last but not least, Martin for a lot of things as usual, Greencrew, Printing, Start/Finish, Scoring, awards, and lots of other things that make the rally happen.
Thanks to the Guelph Amateur Radio club for the use of their repeater.
Finally, thanks to all the competitors, we do it all for you.
Note the following classes:
E=ORRC expert, N=ORRC Novice, SN=SNATR Novice, SB SNATR Beginner
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