Wednesday, September 14, 2005


Ken Kwong, Co-organizer & Public Relations

September 13, 2005, VANCOUVER, BC – When the sport of rallying returns to Merritt, BC next month, sports fans from across Canada will get to see for themselves all the drama, thrills and heartbreak this exciting form of motorsport is known for. Plans were announced today to film the racing action at the upcoming 2005 Pacific Forest Rally and broadcast it nationally this fall on the Chum television network.

The fifth round of the 2005 Canadian Rally Championship, the Pacific Forest Rally, will be aired as a special episode of Driver's Seat, Canada's longest running automotive television show. Driver's Seat is produced by ATV Productions, a Vancouver based production company best known for its "Wings over Canada" series.

"We are very excited to be working with ATV Productions in filming this year's Pacific Forest Rally", commented Ken Kwong, Co-organizer of the rally. "Our event offers both spectacular scenery and some of the most challenging roads in the entire championship series", said Kwong."Meanwhile, the race for the championship is tighter than it's been in years and our rally will be attracting top competitors from across Canada - you won't want to miss it!"

"The Canadian Rally Championship makes for captivating television viewing," said Terry Epp, President of the Canadian Association for Rallysport (CARS). "The announcement today of a partnership between ATV Productions and one of the most exciting events in the Canadian championship is very gratifying," Epp observed.

"ATV is committed to high performance automotive programming. Working with the Pacific Forest Rally and CARS will be a natural evolution for our sports division," said ATV President and CEO John Lovelace. "Ideally, we would like to be able televise the entire 2006 Canadian Rally Championship series, and hope that this opportunity will be a strong start to a lasting and mutually beneficial partnership."

The Pacific Forest Rally will be held this October 14th and 15th in Merritt, BC. Rallying consists of flat-out racing on challenging mountain and forest roads. Unlike circuit racing, teams compete against the clock for the fastest time on closed and controlled sections of remote forest roads. Professional drivers and their high performance rally cars will be coming from across Canada and the United States to the rally in Merritt this fall. This event is sanctioned by the Canadian Association of Rallysport (CARS), and teams will earn points towards three separate championship series.

The Pacific Forest Rally is scheduled to be televised across Canada on the CHUM television network; including: CityTV, "A" Channel, CLT and Shaw, among others. Details on the specific air date and time will be announced later, watch your local listings.

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