Competitors, a quick reminder to those entered and have not paid yet. Entry fees go up after this Friday, February 13th, 2015. Save yourself a few bucks and pay today or tomorrow.
Competitor registration for the 2015 Rally in the 100 Acre Wood is now up and running on Rally America’s website. Entry fee and other payments can be made on the 100aw.org website by check and online credit card payment processing within the next day or two.
The Rally in the 100 Acre Wood would like to wish everyone a happy holiday and wonderful upcoming new year.
It’s my pleasure to announce the new fall MO rally called the Show-Me Rally: Washington County on Dec. 6 of this year. It will be based in Potosi, MO and will use some 100AW roads but hopefully some new ones too.
It will be a small one day rally in the same mode as Perryville was. There’s still lots of details to work out, but we have permission from the county, a FB page, and are well on the way in the planning stages.
The HQ will be the Super 8 in Potosi.
It’s not our intention to have a winter rally, but anything is possible weather wise. Will post any other details as they become available on our new FaceBook page and our new website.
Didn’t get to 100 Acre Wood? We were out of your size? This cool design features the cars that won the first 100 Acre Wood and the 20th. There was so much demand for this shirt at the event that we ran out by Saturday morning, so we’re doing a reprint. Order by March 12, we’ll print just what’s been ordered and ship by March 21. Don’t delay – after this, there won’t be any more.
And if you’ve read this far, use the code 100AW when you check out and your shipping will be free!
Hoonigan Racing’s Ken Block and Alex Gelsomino won the Rally in the 100 Acre Wood – round two of the Rally America National Championship – held on February 21-22nd in Salem, MO. The victory marks the seventh time the team has won the event out of their last eight attempts.
Block led the rally from the very first stage, but Subaru Rally Team USA’s David Higgins and Craig Drew kept it close despite getting a flat on Stage 5. The first day of competition ended with Higgins only 20.6 seconds behind Block. On the second day disaster struck Higgins with an engine failure on Stage 9 that forced his retirement. The DNF also broke an amazing streak of 22 consecutive podium finishes by Higgins.
“I felt as if I had very few mistakes this weekend,” said Block, “Unfortunately, my top competition fell out on day two and I was able to extend my lead. It took some pressure off, which I don’t like, because I like to push hard. Instead, I was able to just enjoy these roads and put on a good show for the fans.”
Rockstar Energy Drink Rally Team’s Antoine L’Estage and Marshall Clarke immediately moved into second place with Higgins out. However, L’Estage’s normally reliable Mitsubishi EVO X overheated on Stage 13 and was unable to continue.
Action sports icon, Travis Pastrana, who rejoined Subaru Rally Team USA with co-driver Chrissie Beavis, hung on to take second place overall. It is his first rally podium after a nearly three year absence from the sport. His placement is even more remarkable considering he withstood two intense days of rally racing with a repaired broken leg and recently dislocated ankle.
FY Racing’s Adam Yeoman and Jordan Schulze took a well-earned third place finish, their second overall podium since joining national competition in 2011.
In Super Production (SP), 2013 Rookie of the Year recipient, Nick Roberts, stood on top of the SP Class podium for only the second time in his short rally career. Roberts and his co-driver, Rhianon Gelsomino, capitalized on the retirement of other top SP contenders to find themselves first in class and fourth place overall.
“It’s pretty surreal at this point,” added Roberts, “Never thought there was a chance to win. We worked hard on our notes and pedaled the car the best that we could.”
Dillon Van Way and co-driver Andrew Edwards kept their podium streak alive with a Super Production second place finish only 48.3 seconds behind the leader. Van Way and Edwards have seen immediate success since entering SP competition from the Two-Wheel Drive ranks. They have entered four Rally America rounds in their SP Class car and have stood on the podium each time.
2013 Super Production champs, David Sterckx and Karen Jankowski, rounded out the finishers in third place. Overheating problems plagued the team and they spent the entire event trading positions with Evan Cline and Greg Dorman until the very last stage when Sterckx and Jankowski finalized third place.
The Super Production Class lost a big contender before the race even started. Lauchlin O’Sullivan and Scott Putnam lost control on a practice stage hitting a tree in the co-driver’s front quarter. The team recently won at Sno*Drift in January and were favorites entering the 100 Acre Wood Rally. See the crash video here: http://vimeo.com/87311998
Ford Racing’s Andrew Comrie-Picard (ACP) with Ole Holter won the Two-Wheel Drive (2WD) category in their Team O’Neil prepared Ford Fiesta, outlasting second place Scion Racing’s Matthew Johnson and Jeremy Wimpey. However, both drivers spent most of the event chasing after 2WD leaders Will Hudson and Brian Szykowny, until damage sustained from a big jump forced Hudson out of the race. Both ACP and Johnson have 2WD victories under their belts, but Johnson holds onto the 2WD points standing lead.
“This event was really confidence inspiring,” commented Comrie-Picard, “This event really favors high horsepower for faster speeds, but we were exact with the Ford Fiesta and we did what we came here to do. “
Third place in 2WD went to brothers Troy and Jeremy Miller, who entered just their second national event and have stood on the podium both times. (Read More…)
Photos: Alex Haugen
For the second year now, we are going to try to do our best with providing timely updates to our social media pages. Throughout the weekend we will be posting updates to our Twitter and Facebook pages. Photos of the teams, festivities, and stage action will be available on Facebook and Flickr. In addition, we plan to have quick action videos & interviews on our YouTube page.
The Rally in the 100 Acre Wood offers many opportunities for spectators to interact with the drivers & crew, watch the cars drive the stages, and see the crew make repairs to their cars in the service area. All spectator locations are free of charge and no tickets are needed. Information about the rally and how you can spectate is included in the spectator guide, available from Rally America.