Piotr Fetela from Hanover Park, IL and co-driver Dominik Jozwiak from Nanuet, NY took a 5th place overall finish at the New England Forest Rally (NEFR) on July 18-19 in Newry, ME.

It was Fetela’s second time competing at NEFR and extremely happy with the result.

“I love the roads and their characteristics,” said Fetela, “ The majority of the turns are located either on or behind a crest. This requires immense concentration and perfect car control. It is an amazing feeling to come up on a blind crest at full speed and throw the car sideways in order to make the next turn. I feel sorry for co-drivers and I praise their courage.”

Before the team departed for NEFR, Fetela and Jozwiak discovered that the front differential of their Open Class 1998 Subaru Impreza STI was not operating properly. With the help of Burek Auto Tech they were able to repair the differential in time to arrive at the event.

Fetela and Jozwiak quickly focused their efforts in developing details notes during reconnaissance to develop a strategy to tackle the thirteen technical stages and over 400 miles of transits. The team decided to shakedown their Subaru and make adjustments to the car’s handling and power delivery with the expertise of Crew Chief, Wojtek Burek.

The race proceeded smoothly for Fetela and Jozwiak, but the highlight of the weekend occurred with four stages remaining. Fetela found himself in sixth place overall just 7 seconds behind eventual 2WD Rally America Champion, Andrew Comrie-Picard. Fetela went into maximum attack mode on the next two stages and overtook ACP by 27 seconds on the long 10 mile stage to leapfrog into fifth overall.

The team cruised the last two stages to control the tempo and avoid costly mistakes, and finished NEFR within the top five just behind Open Class greats David Higgins, Travis Pastrana, and Adam Yeoman. With Fetela finishing in fifth, Subaru took the top five results.

Fetela thanks the sponsors and partners who make his program possible.
Kitchen & Bath Master ( Arek Bakiej / Paweł Gil)
B&M Auto Collision Center ( Bogdan Trytko)
DP Hardwood Flooring ( Damian Pelewicz)
P&L Motorsports ( Paweł Szuba)
Competition Clutch
Manager and promoter Photomadox ( Paweł Nocon)
Service and car preparation done by Burek Auto Tech ( Wojciech Byrek/ Krzysztof Burek)

Sponsorship opportunities are available with Team Fetela. Please contact Piotr Fetela at bulinmlody@yahoo.com on how you can get involved with a passionate driver battling in the Rally America National Championship against some of the nation’s top manufacturers and driving talent.

Photo: Jordan Apgar/BuildRaceParty