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2008 Cochrane Rally of the Ranchlands
March 15-16 in Cochrane Alberta
Round 1 of the 2008 Western Canada Rally Championship

Calgary Sports Car Club http://www.cscc.ab.ca

Historical Results

Rally Links

Rally BC
Special Stage

2008 Cochrane Rally Results

Podium Finish

Detailed Results:   Overall   Leg 1   Leg 2   Leg 3   Leg 4     (Download the PDF)

Pos Driver/Co-Driver Car Class Total
1Armstrong/Thain91 VW Golf GtiGr 2E00:57:05.46
2Olsen/Olsen92 VW Golf GtiGr 2E00:57:16.54
3Schofield/Schofield87 Toyota Corolla GTSGr 2E00:57:50.89
4Schmidtke/Vokes02 Subaru WRXP-4N00:58:02.06
5Jennings-Bates/Daly93 Subaru ImprezaOpenE00:58:11.36
6Grochowski/Junnila96 VW GolfGr 2E00:58:32.53
7Maplethorpe/Black02 Subaru WRXOpenN00:58:50.74
8Zedril/Zedril03 Mitsubishi Lancer ESP-3E00:58:55.17
9Breen/Keatley00 Ford FocusP-3E01:00:17.91
10Jackman/Guscott92 VW GolfGr 2N01:00:31.76
11Currie/Chapelsky04 Subaru WRXP-4E01:00:53.02
12Maydaniuk/Maydaniuk04 Subaru WRX STiOpenE01:01:07.76
13Szewczyk/Karzynski04 Mitsubishi LancerGr 5E01:01:08.55
14Garlick/Charland88 Honda CRXP-2N01:01:39.93
15Peschl/Nurse83 Volvo 240 TurboGr 5E01:02:16.49
16Kadlubowski/Ostrowski92 Mitsubishi EclipseGr 5E01:02:25.31
17Machnik/Monette85 VW GolfGr 2E01:03:51.56
18Summers/Hutchinson90 Eagle Talon TSiOpenN01:05:41.96
19Kertes/Matas92 Toyota Celica GT4OpenN01:14:00.40
--Neumann/Morison92 Honda CivicGr 2EDNF (off)
--Bruce/Waddell91 Eagle TalonP-4NDNF (off)
--Geelen/Glade88 Subaru RXP-4EDNF (roll)
--LePoudre/Hall88 VW GolfGr 2EDNS

Gord Olsen 3rd Colin Armstrong 1st Kris Schofield 2nd

New for 2008:

For 2008, the usual spectator stages in Cochrane will not be run, due mostly to local sensitivities and encroaching development. However, this has allowed us to start and finish the rally on Sunday from the service park in the Forest reserve. Teams can now tow directly to and from the service park, saving the long transits of before. The stage schedule and order have also been revised to give the event a bit of a different rhythm than the usual.

Best of luck to all the competitors and have a wonderful 2008 season in the Western Canadian Championship!

2008 Cochrane Rally of the Ranchlands

Starting in the picturesque town of Cochrane, the 2008 Cochrane Rally of the Ranchlands will kick off Round 1 of the Western Canadian Rally Championship.

Aaron Neumann / Graham Coates
1st Overall 2007 - Honda Civic

The rally will be run in the forestry and oil roads in the familiar Fallen Timber forestry area. The timing of the rally provides road conditions that will be tricky and unpredictable. Gravel, snow, and lots of ice are virtually guaranteed.

Colin Armstrong / Ryan Warrington
2nd Overall 2007 - VW Golf GTI

Reconnaissance or 'Recce', gives teams a chance to see the roads on the day before the event and make their own description of the stage. The ability to mark hazards and make a knowledgeable tire choice makes the event faster and safer for all participants.

With the level of interest in Rallying continuing to grow, the 2008 Cochrane Rally of the Ranchlands is expecting a large and competitive field at this years event.

Eric Grochowski / Leanne Junnila
3rd Overall 2007 - VW Golf

The 2008 Western Canada Rally Championship consists of Cochrane Rally of the Ranchlands, The Rocky Mountain Rally, Mountain Trials Rally, Bighorn Rally, Pacific Forest Rally, and the Kananaskis Rally.

For more information on the WCRC please visit: http://www.rallywest.com/events

Cochrane Rally Sponsor

Spectator Areas

Saturday March 15th, 2008

Car Display (aka Parc Expose)

All of the cars will be on display in front of the Cochrane Canadian Tire. This is a good time to meet the drivers and get autographs. You'll also have the opportunity to get a good look at the inside of a Rally car.

3:30 PM to 5:30 PM

Sunday March 16th, 2008

Forest Reserve Stages 9:15 AM, 10:30 AM
& 1:30 PM

To get to the Main Spectator Area from Cochrane, travel WEST on Highway 1A:
  • 13km from the Hwy 22 TURN RIGHT onto Highway 40 (940 or Forestry Trunk Road)
  • Travel 45.5 km on HWY 40 - This is a beautiful twisty/windy road that will eventually change to gravel
  • Harold Creek Road Special Stage is on the RIGHT (Junction 40 & 940)
  • 5.3 km further - Hunter Valley Road Special Stage on the LEFT
  • Turn LEFT onto Hunter Valley Road and follow the marshals instructions
  • 4.9 km into the stage is the spectator parking area on the RIGHT just before the Bridge
The Spectator Guide contains more information about finding each viewing area (Download)
Download Spectator Guide

The Town of Cochrane

Provisional Start Order

Driver /
Car Class Profile
1. Mark Jennings-Bates, BC
Jennifer Daly, BC
93 Subaru ImprezaOpenE1 Prescribed Burn Rally
2. Aaron Neumann, BC
Keith Morison, AB
92 Honda CivicGr 2E1
3. Gord Olsen, AB
Kathy Olsen, AB
92 VW Golf GtiGr 2E1
4. Colin Armstrong, AB
Jason Thain, AB
91 VW Golf GtiGr 2E1
5. Eric Grochowski, AB
Leanne Junnila, AB
96 VW GolfGr 2E1 Kamunen Racing
6. Zebe Szewczyk, AB
Tomasz Karzynski, AB
04 Mitsubishi LancerGr 5E2
7. Tom Machnik, AB
Michel Monette, AB
85 VW GolfGr 2E2 Team Fly GTI
8. Warren Currie, AB
Robin Chapelsky, AB
04 Subaru WRXP-4E2
9. Kris Schofield, AB
Jaclyn Schofield, AB
87 Toyota Corolla GTSGr 2E3 Ista Rally
10. Ken Maydaniuk, BC
Chris Maydaniuk, AB
04 Subaru WRX STiOpenE3 Team Alliance
11. Bryan Maplethorpe, AB
Rob Black, AB
02 Subaru WRXOpenN4
12. Graham Bruce, AB
Bob Waddell, ON
91 Eagle TalonP-4N4 Bruce/Waddell
13. John Geelen, BC
Matt Glade, BC
88 Subaru RXP-4E4 Get Real Rally
14. Jan Zedril, MB
Jody Zedril, MB
03 Mitsubishi Lancer ESP-3E4
15. Houston Peschl, AB
Brad Nurse, AB
83 Volvo 240 TurboGr 5E4 Avalon Racing
16. Chad LePoudre, SK
John Hall, AB
88 VW GolfGr 2E4 Gopher Rally
17. John Breen, AB
Josh Keatley, AB
00 Ford FocusP-3E4
18. Piotr Kadlubowski, AB
Krystian Ostrowski, AB
92 Mitsubishi EclipseGr 5E4
19. Tibor Kertes, AB
Martin Matas, AB
92 Toyota Celica GT4OpenN5
20. Hardy Schmidtke, AB
Adam Vokes, AB
02 Subaru WRXP-4N5
21. Dwayne Jackman, BC
Michaela Guscott, BC
92 VW GolfGr 2N5 Jackman Racing
22. Johnny Summers, AB
Kodi Hutchinson, AB
90 Eagle Talon TSiOpenN5 Fast Forward Racing
23. Philip Garlick, AB
Travis Charland, AB
88 Honda CRXP-2N4

Volunteer Info

One of the best ways to get into rallying and learn how and what to do is to volunteer to help out at an event.

There are many positions available, most not requiring any special knowledge (we'll teach you anyway). From the registration table to timing controls and spectator control.

Volunteers are needed:

  • To help with competitor registration
  • To help with technical inspection of rally cars
  • To help with rally equipment for the event -signage, marking off stage areas, etc.
  • To operate time controls - timing cars at stage starts, stage finishes and into the service parks.
  • To secure the roads - ensuring that roads leading o­nto the stages are secure. In other words, the "best seats in the house to see the action"
  • To host sponsor and media representatives
  • To help with spectator safety - marshals who ensure that spectators remain in the designated viewing locations and stay safe.
  • To monitor service parks for safe practises and to ensure that spectators are not too close to competitor cars during service.

Some positions need specialist skills. People with qualifications as amateur radio operators, emergency medical technicians, and advanced first aid are critical for event safety and security.

Thursday March 13, 2008
1900 to 2000 Radio Operators Meeting

Friday March 14, 2008
1930 to 2200 Marshals Meeting - Training & Registration

(It is STRONGLY recommended that you attend the meeting this year due to the introduction of a new computerized timing system.)

Contact: Ashton Evans

Location: Calgary Sports Car Club
  4215 80th Avenue NE
  Calgary, Alberta
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Coordinator / Organizer    Eric Grochowski
Clerk of the Course Shawn Bishop
Steward Dino Calvert
Chief Marshal Ashton Evans
Chief Scorer Marcel Chichak
Communications Calgary Amateur Radio Association
Registrar Leanne Junnila

Mail entries to:
Cochrane Rally
c/o Leanne Junnila
3128 49 St. SW
Calgary, Alberta T3E 3Y3

Venue Locations

Headquarters Travelodge Cochrane
#5 West Side Drive
Cochrane T4C 1M1
Tel: (403) 932-5588
Fax: (403) 932-9541
Rally Registration Travelodge
Parc Expose
& Technical Inspection
Cochrane Canadian Tire
320-5TH AVE W.
Cochrane, AB
Seed 5/6 Drivers Meeting Travelodge
Drivers Meeting Travelodge
Official Start Service Park
Service Area Forest Reserve Stages
Finish Frank Wills Memorial Hall
405 1st Street East


February 16, 2008 Early Registration Opens
March 9, 2008 Early Registration Closes
March 10, 2008 Seeded Draw, Coordinators Residence
Thursday March 13, 2008
1900 to 2000 Radio Operators Meeting, CSCC

Friday March 14, 2008
1930 to 2200 Marshals Meeting, CSCC
Saturday, March 15, 2008
0800 to 0845 Reconnaissance Registration / Registration at Travelodge
0845 – 0900 Mandatory Reconnaissance Driver’s Meeting
(for all competitors doing reconnaissance).
1000 – 1400 Reconnaissance, Forest Reserve Stages
1530 – 1730 Mandatory Parc Expose and Technical Inspection
at Cochrane Canadian Tire
(bulletin with details to be posted)
1800 – 1830 Mandatory Seed 5/6 Competitor’s Meeting at Travelodge
Sunday, March 16, 2008
0900 Introduction of officials
0930 Start of Rally from Service Park
Car 0 Starts Leg 1
1030 (approximate) Service 1, Service Area
1300 (approximate) Service 2, Service Area
1530 (approximate) Service 3, Service area
1730 (approximate) Car 0 Finish, End of Rally @ Service Park
1900 (approximate) Awards Banquet and Easy Rider Prize Giveaways
Frank Wills Memorial Society Hall


Prerun photos - Saturday, March 1, 2008

If you are curious about what the road conditions were like on Saturday then view the photos.

CARS licensing for Cochrane Rally - Friday, February 29, 2008

If you need a license for Cochrane it is important that you contact your Region Director before the event BEFORE sending in your license application!!

For a variety of reasons, the CARS office is unable to issue competition licenses between now and Cochrane. A complete application along with all documentation will need to be sent to the Region Director or brought to the event. (PLEASE deal with this beforehand!)

Also note that there is no longer a grace period for first aid or medical and applicants MUST have valid first aid and completed medical forms accompanying their applications. Renewal applications should include a copy of your last valid license.

Keith Morison

Forms & Regulations

Entry Form (download) pdf
Supplementary Regulations (2008 Cochrane supp regs.pdf) pdf
Timing Sheet (download) pdf
Spectator Guide (download) pdf

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