by Chris Leone // Website // Twitter
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Multi-time national rallycross champion Bret Hunter may have only moved into stage rally with last year’s Rally Wyoming, but he’s quickly become a familiar face in Rally America National Championship events. The Colorado-based founder of Sports Optical wrapped up a successful 2018 season earlier this fall with the DirtFish SCCA RallyCross National Championship in the Modified Front-Wheel Drive class, and made plenty of fans smile at Rally Colorado with a camouflaged ride and a horn straight out of Dukes of Hazzard. Today, we get to know Bret a little better; stay tuned to meet his co-driver, Melissa Sherowski, tomorrow:

What made you want to start rallying?

I started rallycross in 2009 and rally was the next step. We used to have a place called Colorado Off Road Extreme with a rally sprint course that I played on a lot. A few years prior to that, I was making Christian Edstrom’s (Travis Pastranas co driver at the time) glasses and we talked rally a bit.

When was your first event and how did you do?

2017 Rally Wyoming. We blew the head gasket first stage but kept adding fluid between stages to finish. We did skip the longer stage because I didn't want the workers waiting on us. On the first regional I think we ended up second. The second day we technically didn't finish—that was before I knew about Super Rally.

When was your first really memorable result—win or podium—and how did you get there?

Nothing super memorable yet as I seem to be really good at breaking things.

Who is your usual co-driver, and when did you two start rallying together?

Melissa Sherowski has been my co-driver for a year and a half, starting with local hill climbs and rally sprints. She is the voice in my head.

What’s your favorite event on the Rally America schedule?

I've only done Colorado and Wyoming and I like them both.

Do you have any pre-event routines?

No, I guess I'll have to get some.

Which other drivers in your class do you respect the most?

I respect all the drivers, rally is not easy on so many levels. Ryan McLaughlin, that dude rips.