Wolf Moon Monte RoadRally Results

February 8, 2016
Lynch/McConnell win Inaugural Wolf Moon SCCA RoadRally

Saturday evening, Jan. 23, couldn't have been a better night for the Wolf
Moon Monte, the St. Louis Region's first motorsports event of 2016.

The wintertime conditions for our Monte-Carlo-style Wolf Moon road rally:
Crisp and dry but not cold, a brilliant full moon, and a sparkling,
crystal-clear sky. And because of the full moon and the snow from
Wednesday's storm still blanketing farm fields and country woods, at times
along the rally route you could see for a mile or more over the quite
Illinois prairies surrounding Collinsville, Troy, Hamel, Carpenter, and
Edwardsville, Ill., the communities we visited or skirted during the event.

And just as it was a good weekend in France and Monte Carlo for the WRC's VW
rally team of Sebastian Ogier and Julien Ingrassia, it was a good weekend
for St. Louis' own Jim Lynch and Donna McConnell here in the Gateway City.
Ogier and Ingrassia (VW Polo) won the 84th edition of the famous Rallye
Monte Carlo Sunday afternoon, Jan. 24, while Lynch and McConnell (Mazda
Miata) won our not-quite-as-famous Wolf Moon Monte RoadRally Saturday
evening. Very different kinds of rallies, yes, of course: Nearly 900 miles,
including some 226 stage miles, over four days for the Rallye Monte Carlo, a
more modest 66 miles and five checkpoints in about 2-1/2 hours for our Wolf
Moon Monte. Yet both Ogier/Ingrassia and Lynch/McConnell earned top sports
on their respective podiums. To each team belongs a victory.
Congratulations. Amen.

For the Wolf Moon Monte, a round of thanks is due its workers: Ron Ferris,
Tom vonHatten, Rose vonHatten, Rose Marie Nester, Kent Kopplin, Carol Wilke,
and Bill Aszman. Kind thanks and a big tip of the hat are due also to Mike
Majors and Wild Country (www.wildcountrynightclub.com), Majors'
country-western nightclub in Collinsville, Ill. Mike graciously invited us
to begin and end the Wolf Moon Monte at Wild Country, and he and his staff
proved generous hosts, both for the pre-rally school and the post-rally
bench racing.

The St. Louis Region's next RoadRally event, "Clue," is scheduled for
Sunday, March 13. The rally will be based on the familiar board game Clue.

Official Results

Wolf Moon Monte Jan. 23, 2016

Position, Driver/Navigator (Marque), Penalty Points

1. J. Lynch/D. McConnell (Mazda Miata), 29
2. J. Lautz/S. Meyer (Honda Fit), 76
3. N. Antonovich/J. Campbell (Jeep Renegade), 78
4. D. Tung/A. Tung (Subaru WRX), 90
5. K. Hunt/C. Hunt (Chevrolet Trailblazer SS), 111
6. D. Riley/D. Howard (Toyota MR2), 128
7. D. Corbitt/H. Corbitt (VW Golf), 202

P.S. If you're curious about the Wolf Moon Monte's namesake, here's a link
to a "Best of Rally" overview of the 2016 event Jan. 21-24:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hAc5tTOTKwc.

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