Canadian Crazy Leo Urlichich and Co-Driver Carl Williamson captured their first Rally America Championship podium with a strong drive to 2nd place in the Oregon Trail Rally this past weekend.

This event was the third round of the Rally America National Championship and was once again a notoriously tough three-day event beginning Friday at Portland International Raceway for some exciting night stages then moving to the fast, sweeping farmland and roads near The Dalles and Dufur, situated under Mt. Hood on Saturday and Sunday.

This was Crazy Leo’s first time competing in the rally and he showed some good pace, winning 3 stages, despite having a good portion of the recce cancelled due to poor weather and being at a slight disadvantage to the other competitors. He would finish 4:25.9 back of eventual rally winner David Higgins and Co-Driver Craig Drew.

“We came into this new for us event with one goal, to go fast and disregard the danger. We've done it, we had a blast on some awesome stages, and we have proved that we can be near the top even at the first time of asking,” said Leo. “The Beast, prepped by Can-Jam Motorsports has worked flawlessly, as always.”

Co-Driver Carl Williamson said, “3 stage wins, marshals thanking us for the entertainment and apparently the biggest jump of the rally and to top it all off, 2nd overall! It's nice not to have to explain to our team boss that he can't have any sleep before the next rally because he has a car to rebuild. Big thanks to Can-Jam Motorsports for a great car as always."

Next up for the Team is the Rocky Mountain Rally, 2nd round of the Canadian Rally Championship May 25-26. Crazy Leo and Williamson currently sit 2nd in the Championship point standings.

Photo: Aaron Kathman