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Shelton’s annual favorite motorsport event is back and spectators return for the 2022 edition

The Olympus Rally is a legendary race in Mason County. #k5evening

SHELTON, Wash. – The Olympus Rally is an event like no other in the world of rallying. With over four decades of extreme action, the first Olympus Rally was held in Shelton in 1973 as part of the SCCA Pro Rally Championship.

It was part of that championship until 1975. In 1976 it became part of the NARA (North American Rally Association) Championship (which later changed its name to NARRA, North American Rally Racing Association).

From 1985 to 1987, the Olympus even took part in the World Rally Championship.

The Olympus Rally is known for having some of the most treacherous stages in North America. And attacks the best drivers in the world.

“Washington is very fortunate, this race has great historic value,” said Mike Shaw.

“Blasting 100 miles down the road through the woods as fast as you can keeps you going for a while,” said Steve McQuaid.

Since each stage is run twice, riders can try to get more comfortable while doing loops. But other than that, this weekend’s rain, potholes and big, sharp rocks are all in place and ready to cause problems for any team traversing these stages.

“Olympus Rally is a real challenge, we have fast parts, technical parts, slippery parts,” said Subaru Motorsports USA driver Rhianon Gelsomino.

“The mountain region and the trees, that’s pretty treacherous. Treacherous and Rally go hand in hand,” said driver Matthew Brassfield.

The 2022 Olympus Rally took place over the weekend of April 23-24 with a big celebration, this time welcoming crowds of spectators after years of restrictions due to the ongoing pandemic.

“The fans make everything so much better, it’s just a pleasure to have everyone here.”

This year’s winners were Subaru Motorsports USA driver Brandon Semenuk and co-driver Keaton Williams.

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