Targa Trophy Road Rally Stage 1

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Targa Trophy Road Rally Stage 1
Looking over Road Book #1 with Navigator Betim Berisha of BBI Autosport.

The route we were supposed to drive was determined by the road books supplied from Targa organizers. The road books included a detailed turn-by-turn route to follow for each destination and all checkpoints. The checkpoints must also be completed in order to finish in standing with the others. The checkpoints were not just a drive through destination, for example, proof of either the toll road payment, or the receipt of the sub $2.00 item purchased at the liquor store were required to receive points. Arrival to the checkpoints was not guaranteeing that you get all the points, the mileage and time would also effect points. We got lost a few times and would follow the other cars, this helped us stay on track and lead us to the finish.

Targa Trophy Road Rally Stage 1
Going through one of the toll road checkpoints. Keeping the receipts were necessary

The drive leaving Orange County started off at a fast pace, through Ortega Highway many of the drivers could show off their cars capabilities and their driving skills.  Shortly after coming into Idyllwild we had an issue with the rear tire on the Black Series.  We had a valve stem issue that caused us to seek repair at a local shop. My Co-Driver Betim Berisha of BBI Autosport in Huntington Beach was under the car in minutes after getting a jack from the shop. Close to completing the repair the owner of the shop told us we had to leave. His insurance did not cover customers working on their own cars. Now with a 20 minute time delay we did not think we were still going to finish high in standings.

Targa Trophy Road Rally Stage 1
Betim Berisha of BBI Autosport attempting a field repair in Idyllwild.

 

 

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