Chris Duplessis & Cat Woods take 2nd in Max Attack *FreshPress*

Duplessis/Woods win the 10,000 Lakes Rally, finish 2nd overall in the MaxAttack! Championship and 3rd overall at the Ojibwe Forest Rally MaxAttack! Event


Bethel, Maine (September 8th, 2009)

After finishing first overall at the New England Forest Rally in the MaxAttack! Championship, Chris Duplessis and co-driver Catherine Woods headed out to Bemidji, Minnesota to compete in the final round of the Championship. Going into the event they were tied with the first round winner Lauchlin O’Sullivan and Karen Wagner in their Dodge SRT-4.

On the first day of competition, their 1990 VW Golf, came to a complete stop about a mile into the second stage. A relay failure caused the team to pull over, set-up warning triangles and diagnose the problem. Chris managed to get the car started, however it stopped five more times on the stage and the team lost a total of five minutes. After the stage, Duplessis was able to fix the problem and the team went back out and set excellent times for the remaining day stages.

The night stages were an advantage for Chris who likes driving at night. On the Paul Bunyan stage with a length of 22 miles, Chris set the 5th best time on the stage, followed by another 5th best time on the final stage of the night SS7, Parkway an 8 miler. At the end of day one, the team was sitting in 5th place overall in the MaxAttack! event.

After the tough start on Friday, Duplessis was in full MaxAttack mode for the Saturday stages. He set some incredibly fast stage times including a 4th best stage time over the 13 miles of SS14, Little Rock. With his determined driving, Duplessis managed to claw his way back up to 3rd overall in the Ojibwe Forest Rally MaxAttack! event; win the Saturday regional 10,000 Lakes Rally; and finish 2nd overall in the MaxAttack! Championship. A big thanks goes out to their service crew of Forest Duplessis and Dan Thorton. The team would like to thank John Mason from LTD Racing, , The Ogontz Group and Techtonics Tuning.

Chris and Catherine would like to congratulate Lauchlin O’Sullivan and Karen Wagner on winning the 2009 MaxAttack! Championship.

Duplessis is the reigning two wheel drive National Champion and has won six Regional and National championships over the past three years.

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This post was written by mattox3 on September 8, 2009


the Word on Max Attack Championship



Lauchlin O’Sullivan and Karen Wagner Win the 2009 Jake Himes Cup with a
First Place MaxAttack! victory at the Ojibwe Forests Rally

• Another amazing drive sees two-wheel-drive Dodge SRT-4 taking fifth overall
• Third-year two-wheel-drive series setting new standard for next-day rally coverage on
• Knox/Headland (Mazda), Duplessis/Woods (VW), Zedril/Zedril (Mitsubishi), and Bushore/DeMotte (VW) round out the top 5 and take home part of the MaxAttack! purse.

All eyes were set upon the Ojibwe Forests Rally last weekend where the best two-wheel-drive drivers in the country converged in Bemidji, Minnesota for the final round of the 2009 MaxAttack! series. The winners of the east coast New England Forest Rally MaxAttack! round, Chris
Duplessis and Catherine Woods in their VW mk2 GTI, went head-to-head against the winners of the west coast Idaho Rally MaxAttack!, Lauchlin O’Sullivan and Karen Wagner in their Dodge Neon SRT4, in what concluded an epic 2009 MaxAttack! championship.

After the dust settled, the winner of the Ojibwe MaxAttack! and 2009 Jake Himes Cup were O’Sullivan and Wagner, who after a slow start led the 2wd field for most of the rally. After the rally,
here is what Karen Wagner had to say about their victory, “I had a dream come true year last year winning both the Rally America Group 5 and 2wd National Championships. The one Championship that I wanted but eluded me was MaxAttack! (I came in 3rd in ’07, and 2nd in ’08). I met Jake Himes and thought a lot of him, so finally winning the MaxAttack! Championship this year means so much to me. Also getting my very first National overall win in the process will make this something I will never forget!”

Duplessis and Woods had trouble early with an off one mile into Stage 2. Not ones to give up, the team fought back for a third place MaxAttack! finish and an overall win for the Day 2 10,000 Lakes Regional Rally. Wyatt Knox and Martin Headland, who took 2nd at the NEFR MaxAttack!, were a threat throughout the weekend in their Mazda MAZDASPEED3 and finished second in MaxAttack!. Rounding out the top 5 money paying positions were Jan and Jody Zedril, who finished 4th in their Mitsubishi Lancer, and Matt Bushore and Kim DeMotte, who finished 5th in their VW Jetta.

Other notable MaxAttackers were Mark Utecht and Rob Bohn, who arrived at Ojibwe with a 2010 Ford Mustang after winning the Ford Mustang Unleashed Competition. Mark was fast, winning the Paul Bunyan regional rally, but failed to place in the money after getting stuck on a berm on Day 2.

Winner of the Terra Firma MaxAttack! Air award for biggest jump at the Super Special on Friday was Dan Adamson/Matt Nichols in their Saturn SL.
Finally with a 3rd place finish in the MaxAttack! event at the Idaho Rally, Amy Bakchis wins the MaxAttack! Rookie Co-driver of the Year, presented by Alex Gelsomino. For Amy’s excellent work in the right seat, she gets: co-driver’s bag.
-Recce kit (pacenote book, pencil, stage times compatison book, eraser, pencil leads).
-Copilote professional co-driver’s watch.
-Nicky Grist Codriver’s DVD.

Thanks to Alex Gelsomino for again supporting MaxAttack! 2wd Rally Series!

The 2009 MaxAttack! Rally Series, presented by the Rallysports Group of America, consisted of three events across the country, and each event featured a $5,000 prize fund to be distributed among the top two-wheel-drive teams, as well as a season championship. The team that accumulated the highest point total from one of the qualifying events and the central shootout was awarded the prestigious Jake Himes Cup. Rally Idaho and the New England Forest Rally were the two qualifying events, with the final shootout being at Minnesota’s Ojibwe Forest Rally,
August 28-29.

For more information about the MaxAttack! Rally Series and the Rallysports Group of America, please visit

About Rallysports Group of America:

Rallysports Group of America, Inc. (RSGA) was formed as an organization in 2006 to advance the sport of performance stage rally in the United States. By providing education on performance driving, car preparation and safety, and by fostering the growth of meaningful competition, RSGA seeks to provide a sustainable and competitive arena for the advancement of North American performance rally that promotes increased value for rally competitors, organizers, and sponsors alike. For more information, please visit

Ben Bradley
Rallysports Group of America

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This post was written by mattox3 on September 6, 2009


X Games Rally driver Johnson eBays title sponsorship good for 1.4 million views


 ESPN X Games Rally car competitor Matthew Johnson languishes in poor economy – despite early invitation, he struggles to find funding to compete at ESPN’s premier action sports event, X Games 15, in Los Angeles next week, and he looks at eBay as an option.

 July 24, 2009 – Following an impressive 9th place finish in the prestigious international Rally of Nations in Leon, Mexico two weeks ago, American rally driver Matthew Johnson reached an impasse. With no agreements for support and having borrowed money for diesel fuel needed to get his box truck and rally car across the country from New Jersey to LA, it was time to get creative – or get on eBay. “It’s every driver’s dream to compete at X Games in Los Angeles – we’ve got a golden ticket, and we’re sitting on the east coast and can’t get there,” said Johnson.

 Matthew has been rallying for years in premier Rally America Series, and placed 6th at X Games last year – good enough to be on the early invite list. “Last year we didn’t have a lot of time to prepare the car, it was very close to what we were competing in the Rally America series in. This year, RalliSpec has put a ton of work into building a car that is very specific to the X Games race, the mixture of tarmac and dirt, and the huge jump. Plus the car will have a great deal of power. Some good driving and a little luck will get us on the podium,” said Johnson.

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This post was written by admin on July 26, 2009


Matthew Johnson fields Team USA



Popularity of Rally Car racing propels ESPN X Games Rally driver Matthew Johnson into prestigious International Competition representing a United States entry – Team USA.

July 1, 2009 – Matthew Johnson has accepted his invitation race on roads known to many on the World Rally Championship as Corona Rally Mexico. As a non-WRC year, the rally organizers have assembled national teams in a new format, Rally of Nations, and attracted rally stars from Finland, Spain, Austria, France, Italy, Germany, Canada, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Uruguay, Peru and, of course, the United States.

DENVER, COLORADO – Days before the Fourth of July, Matthew Johnson pours over his lists of to-dos. He’s added the international Rally of Nations to his normal Rally America Championship and ESPN X Games rally calendar. While get ready to celebrate America’s independence, Matthew has two cars and a service truck to watch over; a two car trailer to find, and pile of sponsorships to chase down for the X Games Rally competition just weeks after the Mexico event is over.

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This post was written by admin on July 2, 2009

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