VT (September 14, 2012) -- With the Olympus Rally set for September 22-23rd
a lack of rain over the last few weeks in the Olympia, WA area has forced
Olympus Rally organizers to alter the event due to an increased forest fire
threat issued by landowners. To protect against forest fires landowners are
requiring that no recreational activities take place during the hottest part
of the day.
As a result, event organizers are happy to report that the 23rd running of the Olympus Rally will continue despite an increased fire danger level. Unfortunately, the agreement also closes the land to public use and as a result, organizers have had to cancel on-stage spectator viewing locations for both Saturday and Sunday.
Fans can still attend the Super Special that will take place at The Ridge Motorsports Park in Shelton, WA on Saturday evening at 6:40pm. A Super Special Stage allows fans to watch the racing action from start to finish from a single viewing location. It's a great opportunity to watch the competition and meet the drivers in the service area. The Ridge Motorsports Park is a new road course facility located at 1060 Eells Hill Rd, Shelton, WA - the fee for access to The Ridge Motorsports Park on Saturday will be just $10 per car load.
In addition, the Olympus Rally event schedule has been changed to support the land closure. The most visible change will be the cancellation of both the Olympia Capitol grounds Parc Expose on Saturday morning as well as The Ridge Motorsports Park Parc Expose on Sunday morning - both activities have been cancelled to allow the rally to start earlier. A complete schedule will be available soon on www.rally-america.com.
The Olympus Rally is the sixth and final event of the Rally America National Championship and is slated to attract 78 rally teams to the Olympia, WA - the largest field of teams ever entered in a Rally America event. This year's Olympus Rally will feature some of the top rally teams in all of North America including Subaru Rally Team (which recently won the Rally America National Championship), Monster World Rally Team with Gymkhana legend Ken Block and the Rockstar Energy Drink Rally Team with 2010 Rally America National Champion Antoine Le'Estage.
The Olympus Rally organizers appreciate the understanding from rally fans and sponsors and hope spectators will respect the landowner's wishes.