Fridayís Ottawa ClubRally used the first eight of the eleven ProRally stages, and started with a short spectator stage winding through a field. In such an environment friendly to the Teamís MGB, Team Paradox turned in their best single stage performance for the weekend, fifth overall and fastest in Group 2 in the ClubRally. The remaining stages were all run after dusk, and were found to be dry and fast. Team Paradox had a good run, with stage times close to class winner Seward Ogden and Casey Blust in their VW GTI. However, paperwork problems resulted in a five-minute penalty which put the Team in fifth place in Group 2, and eighteenth overall. Todd Jarvey and Richard Faber took the overall win in a Mitshubishi Galant VR-4.
The Lake Superior ProRally was the last event in the SCCA ProRally series for this year, and the two ClubRallies were the last rallies Team Paradox / RallyRhybuddRacing plans to enter in 2001. At this point they are leading the Group 2 points contest in SCCA Central Division, and anticipate winning the CenDiv Group 2 championship. This, along with only one DNF (due to engine failure at the Maine Forest ProRally), can only be interpreted as a successful season by the Team. Racing against much more modern and sophisticated rally cars, RallyRhybuddRacing features a 1968 MGBGT, the oldest car actively campaigned in SCCA Performance Rally, and is the first car to compete under the SCCA Historic Class rules.
SCCA Performance Rally is the premier stage rally sport in the USA. Stage rallying involves racing against the clock over closed roads, typically narrow and twisty forest roads. The cars are all street-legal and are built up from stock cars, with special safety and performance equipment. RallyRhybuddRacing program was launched in 1997 by dedicated MG enthusiasts Phil and Dallas Smith, aka Team Paradox, to campaign an MG in the SCCA Performance Rally series. Two years were required to find and prepare a 1968 BGT for the rigors of Performance Rally. Team Paradox made their ProRally debut at the Susquehannock Trail ProRally in 1999.
For further information about RallyRhybuddRacing, Team Paradox, and the rally MGBGT, check out their website at www.rhybudd.com. Information about the SCCA Performance Rally series can be found at www.sccaprorally.org.