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Quantum Rally Sport Codriver teaming up with Travis Pastrana at 100 Acre Wood

February 24, 2011: Quantum Rally Sport Co-driver Jeremy Wimpey is on his way to Salem Missouri to compete in the Rally at the 100 Acre Wood alongside driver Travis Pastrana.   Their entry should be posted online this evening or tomorrow morning at the Rally-America website.  Quantum Rally Sport has always benefited from having one of the best codrivers in North America.  Jeremy has partnered with several drivers to help win championships in the past including Eric Langbein, Matthew Johnson, Andrew Comrie Pricard (ACP), and Pat Moro to name just a few. Jeremy will be giving Travis notes in an Open class Subaru STI.


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Wolfsburgs Rennsport Interview: 2010 U.S. Rallycross 2wd Champion Josh Wimpey

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“…Around age six my twin brother Jeremy and I convinced my grandmother, who was blind in one eye, that it would be safer if the two of us piloted her Ford Granada for her around the mostly dirt roads of Northern Georgia. And so we did, taking turns working the steering wheel and communicating to the other who would work the brake and gas pedals because we were too small to do both at once….”


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Quantum Rally Sport Earns Inaugural US RallyCross Championship

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November, 2010.  Quantum Rally Sport driver Josh Wimpey went all-in for the first ever European RallyCross held in August at NJMP in Millville NJ and just kept on going for the whole season!

Having promised to bring his A-game at the first round, Wimpey proved that he was serious by earning a front row grid position in the main event on October 10th and repeating that feat again at each of the remaining main events held on November 7th and November 8th respectively.  Consistency paid off and finishing on the podium at all four races earned the team the first ever United States RallyCross Championship title.  While the first round win came rather easily, the competition made sure that wouldn’t be the case in the next three.

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“The start is the most important part with such short races so if you don’t get into the lead right away, you really have to scrap it out and do everything you can to get to the front” exclaimed driver Josh Wimpey as he discussed the strategy he would employ in the second round of racing.  Other drivers surely had the same feelings, and Matt Johnson capitalized on the power and traction of his rwd machine to make sure Quantum Rally Sport’s VW GTI wouldn’t make it to turn one first.  Just before the main event, the sky let loose a nasty rain that drenched the course and left the teams scrambling to figure out how to turn tarmac slicks into rain and mud tires in 15 minutes or less.  Josh struggled to find traction and finished in 3rd place but retained a small lead in the championship.

Rounds three and four were part of a double-header weekend that included a newly designed course.  With the help of New German Performance Quantum Rally Sport embarked on a few notable upgrades to the car including removing about 25lbs from the chassis, adding some lightweight race wheels, and upgrading the performance with a set of 288 cams from Techtonics Tuning.  The work NGP and Diebold Autosport did to the car really made the car come to life and the new-found banshee-sound of the car made it a crowd favorite.  With sights set on taking home the championship, the team was looking for a strong finish to both of the final rounds.  “We knew that we had too have two good days of racing to win the championship so the plan was to go out and qualify at the front then go run clean, smart races.  If I didn’t finish a race or tore the car up to bad to even start a race, it would have surely cost us the championship” recalled Josh after limping the car through the final race of the day with a broken motor mount from one of the earlier heat races.

Mathematically, the championship came down to the final round.  There were three or four drivers who made it into the main who had a chance of winning the championship if things went the right way in the race.  “Fortunately, we were in a position points-wise where we could still win the championship if we finished well. For other teams to win, things would have had to go badly for one or more other teams including us, and I definitely didn’t want that to happen!”

The team is thrilled with the first season.  What could be better than winning the first ever championship!  Congratulation are also in order for Tanner Foust who won the 4wd championship.

Series Results Recap:

Round 1: 1st place

Round 2: 3rd place

Round 3: 3rd place

Round 4: 2nd place

Quantum Rally Sport would like to thank their partners and sponsors: NGP RacingDelta-V MotorsportsDiebold Autosport, USRT and Rallispec.

Round 4 Heat Race #2 (Miata Crash)


Round 3 Heat Race #1 (rear facing camera)


Round 2 A-Main Mud Fest (rear facing camera)


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Quantum Rally Sport is committed to competing in the 2011 MaxAttack! Triple Crown Rally Series and will make stops at several NASA and Rally-America events throughout the 2011 season.

You can find more Quantum Rally Sport Videos and Downloads on our Videos Page

Listen to Stage Notes Radio featuring Driver Josh Wimpey and gain insights on MaxAttack!, new equipment, and how to be a better driver.

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Team heading to NJMP for Round #2 of the US Rallycross Championships October 2nd and 3rd

It looks like great weather and exciting competition is in store for thesecond round of the European RallyCross series hosted at New Jersey Motorsports Park in Millville NJ.  Quantum Rally Sport has teamed up with NGP Racing and Tuner-Social to provide special access for rally enthusiasts.  NGP Racing is hosting a cruise of VW & Audi enthusiasts from their Aberdeen Maryland location to NJMP for all the action on Sunday October 3rd while Tuner-Social has put together a special package for enthusiasts including exclusive parking, gift-cards, a tour of SRTUSA’s pit area, raffles, refreshments and more for the whole weekend.

Come on out and enjoy the racing all weekend.  Make sure to stop by the team’s pit area to say hi or ask questions.

See you there!

Photo courtesy Neil McDaid


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Quantum Rally Sport Dominates the first US European RallyCross

August 29, 2010.  Quantum Rally Sport driver Josh Wimpey went all-in for the first ever European RallyCross held last weekend in Millville NJ.  “We showed up not really knowing what to expect but ready to go for it right from the start!” commented Josh who was all smiles after literally walking away from the competition all weekend.  “This is a great format for racing with huge potential for epic side-by-side battles as demonstrated this weekend.  We are really excited to have been a part of this inagural event and look forward to bringing our A-game for the rest of the season.”

Piloting the team’s stage rally car with a few items removed to save weight, Josh started the weekend of domination off by out qualifying all of the other 2wd competitors by over 4 seconds.  “I was probably more surprised than anyone else.  This was my very first event on a racetrack and some of these guys have quite a lot of experience on tracks.  We have done some tarmac stage rallies before at Rally Tennessee and Rally New York but that is a whole other ballgame.  It definitely gave me a boost of confidence going into the elimination races,” said Wimpey.  The sorting that took place during the elimination races saw that the team would line up on the front row of the grid for the A-main race on Sunday.

Josh had to really concentrate on being smooth and consistent as a power steering failure on Saturday made the car a handful in the transitions between dirt and pavement.  Focused on getting a good run into the first turn and the transition to the dirt, a missed shift by Dylan Van Way in his turbo Ford focus gave Josh the hole-shot and he never looked back.  Hammer down!

Quantum Rally Sport would like to thank their partners and sponsors: NGP RacingDelta-V MotorsportsDiebold Autosport, USRT and Rallispec.

Photo Credit: James Henry http://www.r22b.com

Heat Race #1

A-Main race Rearward facing shot

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New England Forest Rally: Trials and tribulations turn to exuberance for Quantum Rally Sport

The 2010 New England Forest Rally proved a formidable challenge for Josh and Jeremy Wimpey of Quantum Rally Sport.  “It looked like everything might go wrong on Friday” commented driver Josh Wimpey as he explained the series of challenges that the team faced,  “But, in the end, we had an awesome run and were able to really put on a show for the fans on Saturday and battle back up through the field.”

The rally was the East-coast round of the 2010 MaxAttack! 2wd championship which finishes in October at LSPR in Michigan.  The difficulties on Friday set the team back over 2 minutes to the leader after suffering a flat tire and catching several slower competitors on stage, but they fought back to claim 3rd place in the MaxAttack! standings just 5-seconds out of 2nd place held by Chris Duplessis in his 0-60 Scion.

Concord Pond Jump

Concord Pond In-car

Catch, bump, and pass Mitsubishi EVO X

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Check out our latest interview with Bill Lockwood over on RallyFix.com to learn about our run at Rally Tennessee 2010

Interview

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Rally New York 2009: Early Dominance Ends  With Broken Axle

Photo Credit: Pete Kuncis www.onalimbracing.com

The Quantum Rally Sport team was anticipating a return to Rally NY with all new roads since they had run it last in 2007 where they took 1st place in 2wd and 4th overall to the surprise of many teams with more capable cars.  Rally NY was the first event for the 2009 season and the first tarmac event the team had participated in in 2 years.  “Naturally, we were excitedly cautious coming into the event.  The weather in upstate NY this time of year leaves the door open for sun, rain, and snow which really can complicate things at a tarmac event” noted driver Josh Wimpey.  In addition to the challenges of unpredictable weather, the crews would have to compete with sand covering large portions of the roads as a result of late season snow-removal efforts.
Sure enough, in the days leading up to the rally it became clear that teams would have to compete with wet roads, thunderstorms, cool temperatures and even some snow.  Quantum Rally Sport arrived at Rally NY without a service crew as the crew chief had fallen ill and only a set of well worn Toyos and a set of used street car tires in case there was too much standing water on the roads.   In the great cooperative tradition of rally, Team Havspeed pitched in to assist the team with service for the weekend despite servicing for their main competitor Andrew Havas in his fire breathing rx7.

On Friday morning it was raining steadily but the roads near rally headquarters did not appear to have any standing water on them—yet.  The team expected a difficult battle with Havas who is always fast and planned to start off the day at a relatively quick pace without taking any chances over the first few stages to gain information about the pace that would be required to beat Havas.  QRS set a comfortable but quick pace that handily placed them at the top of the 2wd roster and built on that lead throughout the morning.  The mud-strewn and rain-soaked stages were very slippery, fast and treacherous.  Luckily, the team was testing a traction-control program of sorts from Diebold Autosport www.dieboldautosport.com for the first time and was impressed with the initial results.

As the rain came down harder and with a watchful eye to the sky, the team headed out from the second service on the same worn tires but planned on switching to street tires with more depth in the evening in anticipation of heavier thunderstorms.  Mindful to maintain their lead in 2wd and knowing that Havas was capable of showing more speed should the road conditions improve the following day allowing  his car to harness all of the available power the team pushed on into the evening stages at a quick and steady pace.

Stage 9 “Tempaloni” had already been run once but the conditions had deteriorated with standing water and rivulets streaming across the stage in many places.  Additionally, mud and sand from the edges of the road had been dragged onto the “clean” portions of asphalt in many of the sharper corners.  About two thirds of the way through the stage one of the slowest corners of the rally would spell a disappointing end to the rally for Josh and Jeremy.  “I just got caught out in the mud and marbles coming from the gravel back onto the tarmac.  I turned in about 18 inches too late and ended up on the wrong side of the crown and slid wide into a stacked stone pillar” said Josh.  The impact broke a CV joint and the team was unable to continue. “We learned a lot about racing in the rain and got to test out a really neat traction control program that shows a lot of promise for future events.  We are disappointed to crash out of the lead but everyone is fine and the damage appears quite minimal so we feel good about that.”

In-Car Video From SS8 Seigel:  More videos on our videos page.

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Quantum Rally Sport working on new equipment

The upcoming 2009 season is highly anticipated and the details are in the works.  The team is working to debut some exciting new equipment later in the Spring.  Keep a look-out here for the latest news and updates.

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QRS Dominates Their Class at LSPR 2008 Securing an Invite to the 2008 Rally America Regional Rally Championships

Photo credit: Bill Lockwood

Lake Superior Performance Rally (aka LSPR, aka Press on Regardless, aka POR) has been held in the host town of Houghton, Michigan on the Upper Peninsula for several decades.  Known as one of the longest and toughest events on the calendar, LSPR demonstrates the endurance aspect of modern rally with over 130 miles of competitive stages lasting well past midnight on Friday and continuing for the entire day on Saturday.  This year’s running featured the classic tarmac Brockway Mountian (shown above) as well as several stages that had not been used in over a decade.  Fast and flowing, dusty and narrow, slick and rough, LSPR has every kind of challenging terrain to test drivers’, navigators’, and equipment’s mettle.

Quantum Rally Sport rose to the top of their class by winning each of the 17 stages in Group 2 (modified 2wd) and managed to set 5 top-10 overall stage times along the way.  The team experienced a handful of minor setbacks including alignment issues, intercom failure, a bent strut, and a 2-minute penalty for checking into a control early.  Nevertheless, the team boasted podium finishes at the end of each day of racing and took home 4th place MaxAttack! honors along the way.

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LSPR Photo Gallery Courtesy of Bill Lockwood of EXPN’s Rally Blog

Lake Superior Performance Rally (aka LSPR, aka Press on Regardless, aka POR) has been held in the host town of Houghton, Michigan on the Upper Peninsula for several decades.  Known as one of the longest and toughest events on the calendar, LSPR demonstrates the endurance aspect of modern rally with over 130 miles of competitive stages lasting well past midnight on Friday and continuing for the entire day on Saturday.  This year’s running featured the classic tarmac Brockway Mountian (Download it here) as well as several stages that had not been used in over a decade.  Fast and flowing, dusty and narrow, slick and rough, LSPR has every kind of challenging terrain to test drivers’, navigators’, and equipment’s mettle.

Quantum Rally Sport rose to the top of their class by winning each of the 17 stages in Group 2 (modified 2wd) and managed to set 5 top-10 overall stage times along the way.  The team experienced a handful of minor setbacks including alignment issues, intercom failure, a bent strut, and a 2-minute penalty for checking into a control early.  Nevertheless, the team boasted podium finishes at the end of each day of racing and took home 4th place MaxAttack! honors along the way.

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2008 Mid-season Briefings

A blown motor, some body damage and some bent parts at the end of the 2007 season left the team scrambling to get the car back together this spring.  The team volunteered their time to help rally organizer Anders Green run SandBlast Rally in February by driving both the “fast sweep” and “heavy sweep” vehicles to clear damage, broken, rolled and stuck rally cars from the stages. Volunteering is a great way to give back to the rally community.  Every event requires hundreds of volunteers and thousands of hours of planning so we can go play in the woods.

On the Weekend of July 18-19, Quantum Rally Sport attended one of the largest Volkswagen shows in the world: Waterfest 14 in Englishtown NJ.  The team proudly represented both the USRT and NGP Racing vendors from the carpeted comfort of USRT’s booth.  With over 21,000 show attendees there were no shortage of VW fans excited to see the championship wining car in up close.

August 1st–the team set off for the second round of the MaxAttack! Triple Crown series to Rally West Virginia. With co-driver Jeremy Wimpey busy riding shotgun over 70ft gap jumps at the X Games with driver Matt Johnson, the team employed the services of the talented Jason Grahn to fill the passenger seat and call notes.   Things went well for the team on Friday’s stages and they were well positioned to battle it out for the top spot with Mazda factory driver Eric Burmeister in his MazdaSpeed3.  Unfortunately, bad luck kept the team from restarting Saturday morning when an unknown electrical malfunction prevented the car from running.  “It is always hard to drop out of a rally, especially when you know you can win it.” said Josh (driver), “But it is easier knowing that the car hasn’t been damaged.  There are a lot of folks going home with wrecked cars.”  Rally is a relentlessly brutal sport.  For any given event it is likely that over 30 percent of the field won’t finish and another 20 percent is likely to have major setbacks at the event either from limping a damaged car through the stages or from running off the road and losing time.

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Quantum Rally Sport Looks Forward to an Exciting 2008 Season

The 2007 rally season is over for Josh and Jeremy Wimpey of Quantum Rally Sport and the collection of titles they earned this year now includes “Rookie of the Year” and a Second Place Overall Two-Wheel Drive in the United States Rally Championship (USRC). Having already captured the two wheel drive division in the Eastern States Rally Championship (ESRC) with class wins on 60 of the season’s 62 stages, the team was looking forward to finishing off an amazing season at the final round of the USRC but ended up with a roasted motor instead.

It would be hard to argue that the team didn’t have a great season. Even with the disappointment in Laughlin they managed to earn podium finishes in each of three championships for the year: The New York Rally Championship (3rd place 2wd ), the 2007 Eastern States Rally Championship (1st place 2wd & 2nd place Overall), and the 2007 United States Rally Championship (2nd place 2wd). “We are really pleased with our results,” co-driver Jeremy Wimpey said. “This winter we will work on the car and try to chase down some more of the four-wheel drive turbo cars when we come back in 2008. We are especially looking forward to competing in the MaxAttack series next year” www.max-attack.com

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Quantum Rally Sport Finishes 2007 Season with a Pile of Trophies

The 2007 rally season is over for Josh and Jeremy Wimpey of Quantum Rally Sport and the collection of titles they earned this year now includes “Rookie of the Year” and a Second Place Overall Two-Wheel Drive in the United States Rally Championship (USRC). Having already captured the two wheel drive division in the Eastern States Rally Championship (ESRC) with class wins on 60 of the season’s 62 stages, the team was looking forward to finishing off an amazing season at the final round of the USRC.

Dominating the two-wheel drive (and much of the four-wheel drive) competition on the East Coast all season had not been easy and the final round of the USRC championship in Laughlin, Nevada would prove challenging on many fronts. Just days prior to the event, the team was scrambling to find a way to get their car delivered from more than 2,400 miles away. The three-day event, traversing hundreds of miles of Arizona desert, would test the team’s endurance and equipment.

Laughlin after damaging a fender. Photo courtesy of Neil McDaid

Racing in the desert challenges every aspect critical to successful rallying. Relentless heat and sunshine, dust that obscures the unforgiving rocky terrain at 100mph, and perilous exposures audition the mental toughness of the team and the physical robustness of the equipment.  Quantum Rally Sport proved prepared for the former and set some blistering stage times before suffering a flat tire on the last of Friday’s stages, which resulted in body damage and loss of nearly one and a half minutes. Some rudimentary body repairs and an alignment got the team back out on stage for Saturday. After four more stages, the fate of the team was set when they struck a large rock in the road, ultimately ending their rally by damaging the motor.

“We came out here because we wanted to show the West Coast teams what we could do,” driver Josh Wimpey said. “I think we accomplished that. Not finishing the event was a bit of a disappointment because we wanted to continue our perfect finishing record for the year. I hit a really big rock, damaging the oil pan pretty badly, so we lost oil pressure and blew the motor…That’s rally.”

It would be hard to argue that the team didn’t have a great season. Even with the disappointment in Laughlin they managed to earn podium finishes in each of three championships for the year: The New York Rally Championship (3rd place 2wd ), the 2007 Eastern States Rally Championship (1st place 2wd), and the 2007 United States Rally Championship (2nd place 2wd). “We are really pleased with our results,” co-driver Jeremy Wimpey said. “This winter we will work on the car and try to chase down some more of the four-wheel drive turbo cars when we come back in 2008.  We are especially looking forward to competing in the MaxAttack series next year” www.max-attack.com

On their way to a 2wd win at Black River Stages earlier in the season

Quantum Rally Sport couldn’t make all this happen on their own, and they are proud to continue a partnership with Delta-V Motorsports (www.deltavmotorsports.com), with NGP Racing of Aberdeen, MD and a new shop now open in Springfield, VA (www.ngpracing.com), Victory By Design Graphics (www.VBDgraphics.com), L and E Fabrication (www.LandEFab.com), Bildon Motorsports (www.Bildon.com), and PowerMaxx products (www.abetterblueplanet.com).

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Quantum Rally Sport Secures Two Championships with Win at Black River Stages

October 1, 2007 – Josh and Jeremy Wimpey of Quantum Rally Sport claimed two championships with a win at Black River Stages in Harrisville, NY on September 28, 2007 http://www.blackriverstages.com. The event was the final round of the 2007 Eastern States Rally Championship (ESRC), and the win gave the Wimpeys first place for both the Modified 2 Class and the overall ESRC driver’s championship.. Black River’s stages were some of the most exciting of the season and consisted of a full day competitive racing that lasted well into the dark. The sights and sounds of rally cars and motorcycles drew crowds of excited spectators who lined up along the stages to catch a glimpse of the thrilling action while the brisk fall weather and scenery provided a wonderful backdrop to the animation.

Photos coutesy of Pete Kuncis at http://www.onalimbracing.com

Josh and Jeremy Wimpey of Quantum Rally Sport entered the event with the intention of securing both the Modified 2 class (M2=modified two-wheel drive) and the overall Driver’s and Co-driver’s championships in the ESRC.  A smart race strategy brought those championship goals to fruition with a 1st place finish in two-wheel drive and a 6th place overall finish.

That race strategy was born when the overall championship frontrunner Seamus Burke withdrew his Mitsubishi Evo from the event leaving the door open for several other teams to chance a podium position.  The Wimpey brothers would have to finish high in the standings to claim the overall championship wins.  Gear selector issues plagued the team all day and prevented them from selecting top-gear on the high speed portions of the stages.  In addition to the gear selector issues, the team was forced to use extra caution on the rougher parts of the stages when they realized a broken ear on the starter motor which is also integral to the front motor mount.

Despite the minor mechanical issues, the duo led the two-wheel drive contingent throughout most of the day.  Most importantly though, a 6th place overall finish was good enough to claim the 2007 overall driver’s and co-driver’s championships in the Eastern States Rally Championship.

The final event of the 2007 season is an invitational-style shootout in Laughlin Nevada http://www.rallyusa.com where the fastest teams from the east coast and the fastest teams from the west coast are invited to battle it out for the United States Rally Championship national title.  This will be the first attempt at a national title for driver Josh Wimpey who is excited to mix it up with the best teams from across the country as they race in and around the Grand Canyon from November 8th through 11th.  “I’ve never done a race out west.  We are super excited to have earned an invitation to the national championship and we hope to demonstrate that we deserve it by placing high in Nevada,” stated the enthusiastic driver.

Once again ready for action and servicing for the Wimpey team was Delta-V Motorsports (http://www.deltavmotorsports.com)  Quantum Rally Sport is proud to continue a partnership with Delta-V as well as with NGP Racing of Aberdeen, MD (http://www.ngpracing.com), Victory By Design Graphics (http://www.VBDgraphics.com), Bildon Motorsports (http://www.bildon.com),  ProMaxx Chemicals and L and E Fabrication (http://www.LandEFab.com)

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Quantum Rally Sport Shines at Rally West Virginia

August 7, 2007 – The 2007 rally season looks perfect so far if you’re Josh and Jeremy Wimpey of Quantum Rally Sport.  They did it again at Rally West Virginia by finishing an amazing 4th overall and 1st in class on each of the two days of competition.  This comes on the heels of last week’s USRC mid-season review showing their wide lead in the championship after winning three events in a row and that “the Wimpey brothers put in some amazing performances mixing it freely with more powerful and faster AWD opposition.”

Tricky stages, brutal heat, car damage, and dust claimed at least 10 teams along the often steep and treacherous mountain roads surrounding Rally West Virginia in Elkins.  Quantum Rally Sport was nearly a victim of the scenery on stage 2 (of 13) when they slid broadside into a bank at the top of 3rd gear, bending the rear suspension and making the car difficult to drive.  At the first 25-minute service break, the team was assisted by the expert mechanics of Delta-V Motorsports, whose efforts to straighten the beam allowed the car to finish the day’s stages without losing huge amounts of time to the competition.  Overnight, the crew was able to further improve the rear suspension for Saturday’s stages, thanks to tools borrowed from the team of Maunz and Sackett, but was unable to totally eliminate the crab-walking tendencies that come with a bent rear end.

On the exciting Day Two of racing, the 2wd let it all hang out in pursuit of $8,000 up for grabs with the 2wd MaxAttack!™ competition.  With the top three 2wd teams shuffling fast stage times, each driver knew that a single mistake could cost them a finishing position.  While other 2wd teams battled bent suspension parts and power problems, Quantum Rally Sport was forced to limp through stage 4 with a left front flat tire. The Wimpeys finished the weekend just behind Sarasin in his supercharged Ford Focus.

“It was really awesome to battle with MaxAttacker Kyle Sarasin,” driver Josh Wimpey said. “We both had some ups and downs this weekend.  He is a talented driver and we had a lot of fun out there.”

Quantum Rally Sport is looking forward to the rest of the Eastern States Rally Championship (ESRC) and the United States Rally Championship (USRC), both of which they are currently leading.  The next MaxAttack!™ event is LSPR in Houghton, Michigan.

Once again servicing for the Wimpey team was Delta-V Motorsports whose outstanding prep work and deft servicing crew kept the car running Friday and Saturday.  Quantum Rally Sport is proud to continue a partnership with Delta-V Motorsports and with NGP Racing of Aberdeen, MD with a new shop now open in Springfield, VA, Victory By Design GraphicsL and E FabricationBildon Motorsports, and Momentum Motor Parts.

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Hat-Trick at Rally Tennessee for Quantum Rally Sport

May 9, 2007
Coming off a strong season start by winning on both the grueling sand stages of SandBlast Rally and the tricky mixed surface stages at Rally New York USA, the Wimpey brothers turned up the heat once again on the sweltering tarmac stages of Rally Tennessee to claim their third consecutive victory in 2007.  Rally Tennessee is the third points-earning round in the 2007 United States Rally Championship (USRC).

The abrasive tarmac stages of Rally Tennessee combine the need for expert road-reading skills and perfect note-calling due to the hundreds of blind crests and deceptive tree-lines along the route.  Heavy thunderstorms in the days immediately prior to the event helped to clean dirt and debris from the heavily used logging roads around Linden, Tennessee. However, despite the clean tarmac, the stages proved unforgiving from the beginning by claiming two vehicles on stage 1.

The Wimpeys came out of the gate strong by winning the first three stages of the day.  A brief off-road excursion on stage 4 cost the team nearly 30 seconds after damaging the car’s right front suspension and flatting the right front tire.  Luckily, Jeff and Steve of Delta-V Motorsports were on hand at service to swiftly replace the bent pieces with shiny new ones.  “We couldn’t have fixed it without these guys,” said driver Josh Wimpey, “We only had 30 minutes to fix everything and I had banged up the car pretty good.  We came out of a left hand corner doing 85mph when I should have been doing about 60mph and just overcooked it, struck the chicane, the ditch, then the woods, and another ditch.”

The “off” didn’t seem to affect the team’s pace at all as Josh and Jeremy went on to win the final eight stages of the day and continued to mix it up with the faster 4wd machines, setting a string of top 5 overall stage times along the way.  Late in the day, temperatures reaching nearly 90 degrees started to take their toll on the competitors, most of whom were not ready for such heat so early in the season.  None of the 2wd drive teams and most of the 4wd teams could keep pace with the brothers of Quantum Rally Sport who finished 1st in 2wd in their VW GTi and an astounding 4th overall.

Quantum Rally Sport is looking forward to the upcoming Rally West Virginia which promises to showcase the best 2wd talent in North America on its narrow and twisty gravel roads near Elkins, WV.  Rally West Virginia has been chosen as the second round of the MaxAttack!™ Triple-Crown Rally Series where the Wimpeys are considered the “team to beat” and are favored to win.  The MaxAttack!™ Triple-Crown Rally Series is administered by The Rally Sports Group of America (RSGA) whose mission is to promote intense 2wd competition and to “promote greater value for rally sponsors, teams and events, helping to grow the sport both directly and through new business development.”

Once again servicing for the Wimpey team was Delta-V Motorsports (www.deltavmotorsports.com) whose outstanding prep work and deft servicing crew kept the car winning throughout the day.  Quantum Rally Sport is proud to continue a partnership with Delta-V Motorsports and is excited to partner with NGP Racing of Aberdeen, MD with a new shop now open in Springfield, VA (www.ngpracing.com), Victory By Design Graphics (www.VBDgraphics.com) , and L and E Fabrication (www.LandEFab.com).
Photo courtesy of Ryan Sweeney

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New York Makes Two in a Row in 2007 for Quantum Rally Sport

April 2, 2007
Twin brothers Josh and Jeremy Wimpey claimed their second victory in a row on March 31 at the grueling Rally New York USA in Narrowsburg, NY. The event included a demanding itinerary with 20 stages of racing beginning at dawn and ending well after sunset. Hundreds of spectators lined up along the stages to watch the drama of the difficult stages unfold. Rally New York is the second points-earning event in the 2007 United States Rally Championship (USRC).

Only two weeks prior to the rally, nearly twenty inches of snow blanketed the area.  Luckily, most of the snow was gone in time for the race but the storm had left the morning’s tarmac stages with heavily sanded shoulders and intersections making it all the more imperative that teams maintain very precise lines on the road.  Driver Josh Wimpey commented, “When you’re pushing hard on these stages, there is such a small margin for error.  With all this sand on the tarmac, you really have to keep it tidy because there is very little grip if you are even just a few inches off line.”

The stages proved unforgiving right from the start by claiming several formidable crews, including Seamus Burke, whose Mitsubishi Evo was sidelined with electrical problems after the first stages, and Burak Tuglu when he was caught out by some icy remnants on Stage 1 and rolled his Ford Focus.

Meanwhile, the Wimpeys started 15th on the road but dominated the 2wd field by immediately winning the first four stages of the day. In a fashion reminiscent of their win at SandBlast rally six weeks ago, the duo continued to set the bar all day long with a string of 20 2wd stage wins and many top 5 overall stage times.  Despite challenges from several quick 2wd teams, the brothers of Quantum Rally Sport finished 1st in two-wheel drive in their VW GTi and an amazing 4th overall in the event ahead of all but three of the high horsepower 4wd entrants.

Teams found that the afternoon’s gravel stages were rough, rutted, and wet with plenty of standing water and several very icy turns in the wake of the late winter snowfall.  Competitors agreed that the sections of the gravel stages were treacherously rough with lots of opportunities to lose the rally.  Josh and Jeremy maintained a smart but quick pace to solidify their 2wd lead while continuing to challenge the 4wd machinery at the front of the pack.

Once again servicing for the Wimpey team was Delta-V Motorsports (www.deltavmotorsports.com) whose prep work once again helped ensure that the car needed little more than fuel and window washing throughout the day.  Quantum Rally Sport is proud to continue a partnership with Delta-V Motorsports and is excited to have also joined forces with NGP Racing of Aberdeen, MD (www.ngpracing.com), Victory By Design Graphics (www.VBDgraphics.com) , and L and E Fabrication (www.LandEFab.com).
Photo courtesy of Pete Kuncis

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Quantum Rally Sport Wins 2007 Season Opener at SandBlast Rally in South Carolina

On February 17 2007, 68 teams descended on Cheraw, South Carolina for the Sandblast Rally.  Sandblast is the season opener and also the first event with points up for grabs in both the 2007 Eastern States Rally Championship (ESRC) and the 2007 United States Rally Championship (USRC).  The event covered nine stages and more than 75 miles of competitive racing. With the addition of motorcycles to the entry list, record crowds of excited spectators were lined up along the stages to catch a glimpse of the thrilling action.

With 20 two-wheel drive vehicles arriving to challenge the deep and rutted sand roads of Cheraw, the competition was fierce but proved no match for the twin brothers Josh and Jeremy Wimpey of Quantum Rally Sport in their VW GTi, who finished 1st in two-wheel drive and 7th overall in the event.

The racing started off well enough for the pair, who began 14th on the road and immediately took a 27-second lead over the rest of the 2wd competition on the first 14.5-mile stage.  Unfortunately, they lost their power-steering belt halfway through Stage 1, making life a little more difficult for driver Josh Wimpey. The duo continued to set the 2wd bar all day long with a string of top 10 overall stage times. They bested many of the four-wheel drive competitors’ times, gaining both respect and road position.

Eric Burmiester, MazdaSpeed Factory Rally Driver, commented that he was, “Very impressed with team Wimpey/Wimpey. Don’t know how you got a VW through there that quick, but I sure appreciate a good drive when I see one!”

By early afternoon, the Wimpeys were 8th on the road and determined to maintain a quick pace to solidify their already comfortable lead in 2wd.  The long day of racing came to an end with two stages run in the dark.  Despite not bringing auxiliary lights, the team managed to pack another handful of seconds between themselves and their rivals on the night stages.  Needless to say, they are happy with their start to the season.

SandBlast Media mentioned that, “Josh Wimpey and Jeremy Wimpey proved that it is not always about your drive train, as their small displacement two wheel drive car muscled its way up to an astonishing seventh overall in the deep sand. Rafal Listopad and Gregorz Dorman were unable to match the pace, and took second behind the Wimpey team.”

Ready for action and servicing for the Wimpey team was Delta-V Motorsports (www.deltavmotorsports.com) owner Jeff Smith who complained that he didn’t have enough work to do as the car needed nothing more than fuel and window washing throughout the day.  Undoubtedly, the car’s winter hibernation at his shop in Richmond, VA paid off.  Quantum Rally Sport is proud to continue a partnership with Delta-V and is excited to have also joined forces with NGP Racing of Aberdeen, MD (www.ngpracing.com), Victory By Design Graphics (www.VBDgraphics.com),  and L and E Fabrication (www.LandEFab.com).
Photo courtesy of SandBlast Rally

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Quantum Rally Sport Wins Two Days of Rally on the Tarmac at Rally Tennessee 2006

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Quantum Rally Sport Wins first running of Rally West Virginia 2006

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Quantum Rally Sport Takes Win at International Rally New York 2005

October 1st:  Twin brothers Joshua and Jeremy Wimpey piloted their Volkswagen Golf GTi to a first place finish at The International Rally New York in Monticello NY this weekend.  The car worked flawlessly amidst stiff competition from the 2wd points leader on both Friday’s gravel stages and Saturday’s mixed Gravel and Tarmac trials, despite giving the team trouble and eating a clutch on Wednesday evening before the event.

Friday’s stages began just after Noon with two gravel Super Specials at the Mighty M Raceway in Monticello followed by six special stages in the woods surrounding Narrowsburg.  The six stages included the infamously rough “Mortimer Schiff” and two runnings of the equally brutal “Davis Lake”.  Quantum RallySport found their footing after loosing nearly half a minute on the first 4 stages and clawed their way up to the front of the 2wd field at the end of the day’s stages besting Mark Lawrence by 2 seconds on Stage 10 to take the lead and win the first day of competition.  Driver Joshua Wimpey commented, “The car feels great and we really got into a good rhythm the second half of the day.  It had been a while since I had driven the car and the first couple of stages showed that. Once we got into a groove, things were perfect, Jeremy and I work really well together, he is great with the notes. I guess it is that whole twin telepathy thing”

The duo began Saturday’s stages in much the same way by swapping fast times with Lawrence but by noon, they had begun to lay down consistently faster times than Lawrence and continued to do so on the evening’s tarmac stages.  Securing a win is never easy even with a 25 second lead.  A spin on Stage 21 lost the pair 5 seconds but the team kept it tidy the rest of the event taking 1st place in 2wd and 11th overall out of a field of 54 teams.

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Quantum Rally Sport Dominates Washington DC Rallycross in 2002 and the Colorado Rallycross Scene in 2003-2004 with Podium Placings in Every Event Entered

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