Rally America Round 8 – Lake Superior Performance Rally
Houghton, MI (October 21, 2014) — Subaru Rally Team USA's David Higgins and Craig Drew outlasted the competition and the wet stage conditions to take victory at the Lake Superior Performance Rally (LSPR) on October 17-18, 2014 in Houghton, MI.
LSPR is the concluding round of the eight-event 2014 Rally America National Championship. The win marks the seventh time David Higgins and Craig Drew have won this year. A costly mechanical failure that took them out of February's Rally in the 100 Acre Wood in Salem, MO was the only blemish on their nearly perfect season record.
The battle for the top spot raged throughout the first day of LSPR competition as David Higgins and Craig Drew slowly pulled ahead of teammates and rivals Travis Pastrana and Chrissie Beavis. After 80+ stage miles, Pastrana began the second day only 22.3 seconds behind Higgins.
Pastrana's rally unraveled on Stage 13 when he went off around a corner. Despite getting back on to stage and limping to service, Pastrana was time barred and retired from LSPR to strip away his chance to finish second.
Super Production's (SP) Nick Roberts and Rhianon Gelsomino drove a patient rally to finish second overall and first in the SP Class. It is his highest overall placement to date and his third class victory this year. Roberts is the runner-up to Dillon Van Way in the final SP Class standings.
In just his third event this season, Evan Cline with veteran co-driver Jennifer Majszak took second place in the SP Class for his best finish this year.