Defending Rally America Champion David Higgins powered
through treacherous conditions to win Rally in the 100
Acre Wood. Photo courtesy Subaru of America, Inc.
Deep in the Ozark Mountains is the 100 Acre Wood. And while you won’t find Pooh and Tigger there, you would have found rally cars and drivers on the 27th and 28th of February. They were there for the second round of the 2015 Rally America Championship. According to the press release, it’s normally a high speed rally over gravel roads. Winter took a hand this year, however, and added snow and ice to the challenge, climaxing with a snow storm late in the rally.
Sounds like business as usual around here, except that we also have to contend with potholes and other drivers. And not so much the high speed part.
Some of the rally stages actually had to be cancelled, as the emergency vehicles couldn’t reach their designated stations. Despite that, David Higgins and Craig Drew drove their 2015 Subaru WRX STI to its second win of the season. Yeah, they’re two for two. Not that this was an easy win.
According to Higgins, “These were some of the toughest conditions I've ever driven on. There was a mix of everything. At a snow rally you at least know you are dealing with ice or snow, but here we also had gravel, frozen gravel, icy gravel and everything in between to go with the snow. Our 2015 Subaru WRX STI was perfect again and Craig did a fantastic job on the notes. This was a huge challenge.”
“We concentrated really hard on the recce (pre-race Reconnaissance) to note the slippery spots,” said Drew. “I've never seen anything like this before, it was so slippery in places. We built a good lead on Friday and were able to take it easy on the final day that was the plan. I'm really looking forward to a dry gravel rally now!”
[SOURCE: Subaru of America, Inc. via prnewswire]