QS Motorsports’ Suffers Mishaps at STPR Rally
Last weekend the gravel roads of Pennsylvania hosted the 4th round of the Rally America National Championship at the Susquehannock Trail Performance Rally on June 1-2, 2012.
Over the course of the weekend Wellsboro, PA became the capital of US rallying with a large 68 car entry list tackling as many as 16 special stages totaling over 92 miles.
The event is the oldest and one of the most prestigious rallies in the USA and it attracted Peter Malaszuk and Adam Pelc to race their Subaru Impreza WRX STI. Unfortunately, the Wellsboro based event was not successful for the Fairfield, CT driver who was forced to retire due to mechanical failure.
For Peter Malaszuk co-driven by Adam Pelc it was their second rally this season. The team previously contested Rally New York earlier this year, but after a starting fourth on stage the team suffered suspension damage and retired from the race. Both Malaszuk and Pelc looked forward to returning to competition at STPR for a better result.
The car was carefully prepared at New Jersey's Broken Motorsport facilities then delivered to the team for STPR. For the Polish crew using DMACK Tyres for the first time, being on the finish line was a priority. Unfortunately the goal was not achieved.
Malaszuk explains, "We had a turbocharger problems right from the beginning. The failure appeared during our tests. Unfortunately, even after replacing the turbo the boost was not enough, but I decided to try and compete."
"At the first special stage we had a driveshaft failure and the car lost front-wheel-drive," continued Malaszuk. "The car also started loosing power during the next few stages. On Saturday we decided to carry on bearing in mind that we just wanted to cross the finish line. Unfortunately by the end of the event we lost total boost and still had to drive through two long stages. We had no choice, but to retire. At the moment I’m very disappointed. However, I do not give up and look forward to the next rally."