The rookie husband and wife team of Rally Team Kaltak clinched the 2012 Rally America Central Region, Open Light Class Championship last month at the Lake Superior Performance Rally (LSPR), held in Houghton, Michigan. The two day event provided surprisingly good road conditions, after nearly a week of rain had fallen on the northern coast of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

“After running the practice stage on Thursday evening in an outright downpour, we were expecting extremely muddy and slippery conditions on Friday. But, by the time we were on stage on Friday afternoon, the roads were in relatively dry condition, and felt great”, said RTK driver Samir Kaltak. “LSPR was our 6th event this year and Samir and I are both in agreement that the roads at LSPR are our favorite”, said co-driver Rachelle Kaltak, “they provided a great variety of jumps, kicks, tight and technical terrain and a few long and fast sections too”!

Beginning their careers at the Sno*Drift rally in January, Rally Team Kaltak has entered and finished six events this season, without encountering a single DNF.

“While we’re certainly not the fastest open light car out there, we attribute our championship to our ability to stay on stage and finish each event,” said Samir. “Consistency has been the key for us, and we put forth a lot of effort between the events to make sure our car is as prepared as possible. In fact, we didn’t even realize that LSPR 2012’s points would count towards the 2012 season, since in past years it was counted as the first event for the following year. We were humbly surprised to learn that we’d jumped from 3rd place after our finish at LSPR, to finish the season in first place. We’d like to thank our sponsors for their support this season, we couldn’t have done it without them,” commented Samir.

Samir, Rachelle and their crew are looking ahead to the 2013 season and are working hard to secure more sponsors to assist them in their continued success in the Open Light Class.

“Hopefully we’ll be able to do a bit of heavy maintenance to our car and a few improvements over the next few months,” commented Samir, “we can’t wait to get back out onto the stages”.

Rally Team Kaltak (RTK) is based in Cedar Springs, Michigan, and competes in Rally America’s Central Region Championship Series. Their competition rally car is a 1997 Subaru Brighton, powered by a naturally aspirated 2.2L engine. RTK is proudly sponsored by PF3 Paint Supply, Finishline Auto Body, Exedy Racing Clutch, All Wheels Driven (Bend, OR), Competition Limited, and GoPro. For more information about Rally Team Kaltak, please visit them on Facebook at