After the success of our home event, DirtFish Olympus Rally, we’re back for more this week at the Oregon Trail Rally.
Just as it was four weeks ago, the DirtFish presence will be unmissable in Goldendale as we’ve got drivers, co-drivers, mechanics and media on the ground for the May 19-21 event.
Here’s the DirtFish crew to be rooting on for this week:
Sean Edwards & Kendra Miller
On his first ever rally, Sean Edwards was having a ball alongside fellow instructor Kendra Miller alongside. The fact they had to retire their BMW 2002, borrowed from another DirtFish instructor, Mitch Williams almost didn’t matter.
The rallying bug had bitten Sean hard, so predictably he and Kendra are back for Oregon Trail!
Only this time Sean is driving his own car, a wonderful 1984 Volvo 242, previously owned and raced by fellow instructor Jack Harrison.
Olympus Rally sadly didn’t quite work out for our instructor Jason, who paid a heavy price for a small mistake on the 10th stage. But they showed their tenacity to hunt for spare parts and make the finish of the rally!
And he and co-driver Chale Salas are back for more this weekend, fighting for ARA West Regional honors in their Subaru.
Go get ’em, team!
Eric Schofhauser, yet another talented instructor at DirtFish Rally School, starts his second rally of the season this week after a stunning appearance with DirtFish alumni Neil Dana in which they claimed a class podium.
In Oregon, Eric will guide Richo Healey for the second time in Richo’s Lexus IS250.
Just like Neil at Olympus, this will be Richo’s first rally – but he’s picked the perfect man to guide him through the woods this week.
The talk of the town at the Olympus Rally as he debuted his Ferrari-engined Subaru, DirtFish instructor Sam Albert is in with a real shout of an ARA National podium this week if reliability holds together.
The heart (and the sound it makes!) steal the show, but Sam is an extremely capable driver who has built an extremely capable car.
Its potential was untapped last month following the unfortunate SS1 retirement, so fingers crossed Sam can have a clean rally and really get to enjoy his wonderful creation!
Josie Rimmer & Michelle Miller
Mechanical issues interrupted Josie Rimmer and Michelle Miller’s first rally together at Olympus, so the target for Oregon is to continue building Josie’s experience and make it to the end in one piece.
Head of strategy and Women in Motorsport coordinator Josie’s not new to competition, but this will be just her third ever rally, so she’s chosen well in instructor Michelle who has vast experience in the co-drivers’ seat in the ARA.
The pair will compete in a supercharged Subaru BRZ, just as they did at Olympus. Best of luck!
Photographer Romain Beaulieu takes a step into the unknown this week as he starts his first rally that isn’t Olympus.
Debuting on the event last year, the Frenchman returned last month and steered his BMW 325 well until he unfortunately retired.
Fingers crossed it’s third time lucky for Romain as he starts his third event and searches for his first finish. We’re all rooting for you!
The DirtFish Live Center crew
Rolling out our innovative DirtFish Live Center platform for the Olympus Rally worked so well that we’re bringing it back again for Oregon Trail!
As ever, senior staff writer David Evans will be on the ground, fresh from WRC Portugal, to bring you all the behind-the-scenes content, ably assisted by instructor Brenten Kelly.
Chief instructor Nate Tennis joins the media team this week after competing in Olympus, and will have former Toyota, Mitsubishi and Subaru sporting director George Donaldson for company.
And after killing it running the show last time, Jack Harrison returns to chair the coverage from rally HQ.
If you see any of us around this week, don’t forget to come and say hi! Oh, and stop by our Merchandise Tent at PIR on Friday evening. Rally on!