Saturday, February 18, 2012

Joseph Burke Motorsports Welcomes International Champion Rory Kennedy to Team

Rory Kennedy [left] pictured here with driver Mark Higgins while competing on the Irish Tarmac Championship in 2007. Photo ©Neil McDaid
Irish Champion co-driver to Call Notes at Rally in the 100 Acre Woods

 February 18, 2012. Atlanta, GA.—Joseph Burke Motorsports (JBM) will have a change in co-drivers at Rally in the 100 Acre Woods. Four-time Irish tarmac champion navigator Rory Kennedy will be calling the notes for driver Joseph Burke the weekend of February 24-26, in Salem, Missouri. Burke heads into the second event in the Rally America Championship fourth overall in the championship standings.
 “We are really excited to have Rory calling the notes for Rally in the 100 Acre Woods,” explains Joseph Burke. “After finishing in the top five at Sno*Drift Rally, we know Rory brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the team that will help us continue our march to the top of the standings.”
 In addition to the Irish tarmac championships, Rory Kennedy is a two-time British Rally Champion co-driver. Although this is Kennedy’s first visit to the Ozarks, he is no stranger to rally in the United States. He sat with Joseph’s father, Seamus Burke, in 2002 competing in the SCCA Pro Rally.
 With the team’s regular co-driver Alex Kihurani on an extended off shore work assignment, this is the second time JBM has had to tap into the international community of co-drivers. Ireland’s Paddy Robinson stepped in and guided Burke to a fourth place finish at Sno*Drift in January.

Mechanical Upgrades

-    Joseph Burke and Paddy Robinson on their way to a 4th place overall finish at Sno*Drift 2012. Photo ©Neil McDaid

After being sidelined at 100AW in 2011 with electrical problems after only two stages, JBM is banking on a trouble free run this year. The team has made some significant upgrades to the open class Mitsubishi Evo between Sno*Drift and 100aw. They have moved to a 5-speed Drenth sequential gearbox and added an updated suspension.
 “We have no doubt that this will be one tough rally. With the return of 5-time Rally in the 100 Acre Woods champion Ken Block and visiting Polish Champion Krzysztof Holowczyc we fully expect the pace to be insane right out of the gate,” continued Burke. “I really like this rally. The stages are some of the best on the circuit. With the mechanical updates and Rory on the notes, hopefully we will quickly gel and get ourselves in position to get a podium finish and advance in the standings.”

Burke finished sixth overall in 2010, his first attempt at the event.
2012 Rally in the 100 Acre Woods will take place February 24th and 25th and
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