STPR16-squareSpectating

Be sure to check the weather forecast! It can be hot or cold, rainy or dry, windy or calm. Depending on the weather you may want to dress in layers and bring your rain gear. Don’t forget lots of water, snacks, something to sit on and bug spray. (Note: There are no amenities in the forest, but are available at the Fairgrounds and on Friday for the Waste Management stages).

FRIDAY, JUNE 3
11:30 AMParc Expose / "The Green" in downtown Wellsboro
2:01 PMSTART: Phase 1 of the Waste Management Susquehannock Trail Performance Rally
and the Sherwood Forest Regional Rally
Approx. 2:25 PMSTART: Waste Management spectator area. $7/person admission (under 12 free)
7 PM START: Super Special Stage at Tioga County Fairgrounds. $5/person admission + $5/parking
SATURDAY, JUNE 4
8:00 AMParc Expose / "The Green," Wellsboro
9:46 AMSTART: Phase 2 of the Waste Management Susquehannock Trail Performance Rally
(Sherwood Forest Regional Rally continues)
12:50 PM *Finger Lakes Regional Rally begins / Germania Service
6:40 PM *First car arrives at Tioga County Fairgrounds. 25-minute Service.
8:30 PM *START: Super Special Stage at Tioga County Fairgrounds

COST: $7/person – Pre-purchase your tickets at the Wellsboro Area Chamber of Commerce or pay (cash only) at the entrance gate.  Children under 12 are free.MORE INFO

For safety reasons, pets are not allowed at the Waste Management spectator area.

For safety reasons, pets are not allowed at the Waste Management spectator area.

Spectators at this area will be treated to a high-speed straight with a jump and will have two opportunities to see the rally cars going in both directions (as this is Stage 1 and Stage 3) with minimal down time.

The area will include ample parking near the viewing area, which will be a graded bank adjacent to the rally course. There will be porta-potties on site. No pets allowed.

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The gate entrance is located off Antrim Road (map/directions will be published in the Spectator Guide).

Children under 12 are free.

Spectating in the Forest

COST:  Free. Maps/times/directions to various locations in Spectator Guides.MORE INFO

In a Stage Rally the cars are started at one minute intervals with the fastest cars first and the slowest cars last. This starting order is based on the drivers “seeding” which reflects their previous performance. To ensure that you see the top drivers in action, you should make sure you arrive at your spectating spot early. While the early drivers will be fastest, they may not appear so as they usually are very smooth. It’s not until you see some of the back markers struggle to get around the corners at a much lower speed, that you will really appreciate the skill of all the competitors.

To make spectating even more interesting you can try checking the times that the cars arrive at a point. Pick a place where you can time a car each time and read the seconds off your watch. Remember that all cars leave at the top of the minute, so if the first car arrives at 21 seconds, the next at 28 and the next at 25. The first car is 4 seconds faster than the third and 7 seconds faster than the second. You will be amazed at how much quicker the front runners are over the others. After several cars you may get times where the seconds are around 20 seconds again, these are over a minute slower than the first car.

A word of warning to you when you are spectating—don’t assume the driver will see you if you wander on the road. Often when the driver is listening to the co-driver calling the corners and mileages down to an upcoming corner, he or she will be concentrating on that and may not see you at the side of the road. I have driven through spectator areas where 1000 people are and not noticed them because of watching for an upcoming tricky corner.

Confused about some of the rally terminology. Check out Rally America’s glossary for an explanation of some of the most commonly heard rally terms.

Spectating Safely

Stage Rallying is called the most exciting and demanding of motor sports. It has also been one of the most difficult for the spectator to get to and watch — except at STPR.

While some of the STPR spectator points are not in your backyard, you can be assured of seeing real rally action, not something staged in a parking lot or industrial park just to attract a little publicity. Instead, we give you exciting stages within a short drive of Wellsboro, called by many the best spectator spot in North America.

Safety at these spectator points is all important, especially with the large crowds expected each year. It really is just a matter of common sense, but for those who have never viewed a Performance Rally (aka “stage” rally) before, here are a few helpful tips.

  • Please follow the Spectator Marshals’ directions at each spectator point. While spectating is free, we do have control over these areas. Our marshals are specially trained to recognize potentially hazardous areas and keep will people out of them for their own safety.
  • Please follow the marshal’s directions when parking your car at these points. We must keep a clear access on one side of these narrow roads for emergency vehicles. All cars should park on the same side of the road and be heading in the proper direction to leave the area. If you follow the next rule you shouldn’t have to walk too far.
  • Plan your spectating. Travel time to get to each of the three spectator points is listed in this program.
  • Pick your vantage point carefully. Rally drivers make creative use of the whole road. Again listen to the marshals. They know the safe spots. You must remain behind the banner tape at all times.
  • Be wary and alert at all times, particularly at the daylight spectator points. The cars make far less noise than they once did. At night, their lights will warn you they are on the way, but in daylight, you might not know until it’s too late.

Super Special Stage at the Fairgrounds

COST:  $5/person – Pre-purchase your tickets or pay (cash only) at the entrance gate. Map to location in Spectator Guides.MORE INFO

On both Friday and Saturday evenings, fans have the opportunity to enjoy watching the days’ final stage on a RallyCross-style course located in the rear of the Tioga County Fairgrounds where two cars begin at the same time and race not only the clock, but each other.

Children under 12 are free.