Showing great consistency for the entire event, Nick Roberts finished Saturday in first for Super Production with a time of 2:19:01.8, which was good enough to claim a third place podium finish overall. O’Sullivan and Putnam took the second place title for SP, with Gary Gill retiring with a DNF on stage twelve. Gill faced a succession of issues throughout the weekend but managed to post some good stage times in spite of the mechanical short comings.
The ’11 Fiesta R2 of Troy Miller continued to face issues with wheel scraper failures on Saturday. Rocks would lodge between the wheel barrel and the scraper which would wear through the wheel itself. Cameron Steely and his ’14 Fiesta ST was fortunate to not suffer the same fate. Steely’s smooth driving from the day before gave him a three minute lead over the rest of 2WD competition on Saturday, and this would help him clinch the first place finish with a time 2:34:30.2.
Saturday’s Regional rally is the 10,000 Lakes Rally, an homage to the home state’s namesake. Justin Pritchard and Rachelle Kaltak would edge out Nickel for the overall regional win with a time of 1:13:59.1. Nickel was keeping up a great pace but finished fifteen seconds behind Pritchard. Team Manbearpig of Michael Engle and Brian Arpke clinched third place with an Open Light ’98 Impreza RS “Frankenstein Edition”.
The Rally America season concludes next month with the Lake Superior Performance Rally in Houghton, MI. This is the toughest rally on the circuit and the rough, rocky roads make for a challenging finale. Catch the action first hand taking place October 16th and 17th.