Rally in the 100 Acre Wood
Sterckx/Quin (who are a part of the FY Racing team this season) finished confidently in second overall, just 5:42.6 off the winning pace. Fetela/Jozwiak claimed the final spot on the podium with a time of 1:47:07.6. They gave the notorious “cattle gate” jump on stage 14 everything they could muster and definitely had one of the highest launches, unfortunately I didn’t get a photo of it! The B-SPEC champion, James Robinson, continued his class wins with a new Honda Racing prepped Fit. A time of 1:59:08.5 secured the class win, and eighth place overall finish nationally. Taking the 2WD class win back from Miller/Harrell by a mere 28 seconds, the Fiesta R1 of Steely/Osborn pulled off a 1:53:08.5 which placed them fifth overall in the national standings. Although pushing hard to catch up after the previous day’s twenty minute hold up, ACP was only able to gain five minutes on the 2WD class pace set by Steely. It's uncertain if we’ll be seeing more of the Ford Racing Fiesta ST at future events, with any luck ACP will be back in a new AWD Focus RS when they reach our shores. Gill/Kurey repeated their win in Super Production from Friday with a time of 1:58:17.0. O’Sullivan/Putnam were off the class pace by 21 minutes at the start of the day, and managed to shave 6 minutes off the difference by the end of stage 15 securing them a second in class finish. Roberts/Gelsomino limped through stages 10 and 11, but dropped out of the rally due a persisting throttle issue.
For as bad as conditions were, it's fortunate that there wee no serious accidents involving secure and stationary pieces of nature. The Rally America national championship continues with the Oregon Trail rally at the end of April.