New England Forest Rally Updates: Saturday, July 14th
Warm weather and sunny skies will great the New England Forest Rally teams as the 5th round of the Rally America National Championship gets underway.
We will update this page as the event progresses with news and results. Please come back regularly.
See the New England Forest Rally Day One updates here: http://rally-america.com/news/1219/
Update Friday, July 14th - 1:00pm
L'Estage Begins Day Two in 1st Overall
Rockstar Energy Drinks' Antoine L'Estage leads the New England Forest Rally by 32 seconds over Subaru Rally Team USA's David Higgins. Crazy Leo is in third overall.
L'Estage and Higgins Looking Good at First Service of Day Two
L'Estage reported a slow leak on Stage 2, but looking good at the service area. Subaru's David Higgins says the dust is better today with the extra minute provided to let the dust clear.
REPORT: Crazy Leo Off on First Stage of Day Two
Reports indicate that Leonid Urlichich, who was 3rd overall, went off on stage 7 into a swamp and unable to continue the event. Fellow Canadian Rally Championship driver Ugo Desgreniers and co-driver Erik Kirby in their 2005 Subaru WRX STI will assume 3rd.
Antoine L'Estage and Nathalie Richard wins 3rd consecutive NEFR Rally
Rockstar Energy Drinks' Antoine L'Estage and Nathalie Richard piloted their Mitsubishi EVO X to a NEFR victory over Subaru Rally Team USA's David Higgins and Craig Drew. L'Estage won his third NEFR Rally in a row with a 21 second margin over Higgins. Ugo Desgrenier and Erik Kirby, both from Canada, took third overall in their first U.S. rally event.
Subaru Rally Team USA wins 2012 Rally America National Championship
David Higgins and Craid Drew won their second consecutive Rally America National Championship at the New England Forest Rally. The team didn't have to win the event to clinch national honors, instead needing to finish 6th or better. The team is overjoyed with their accomplishment.
SUPER PRODUCTION CLASS STANDINGS
Ramana Lageemann leads SP Class
Ramana Lagemann from Somerville, MA overcame a shredded tire on Stage 3 to remain 50.5 seconds in the SP Class lead at the beginning of day 2 over current SP Class points leader, Lauchlin O'Sullivan. Lagemenn's co-driver Chrissie Beavis tells us what happened on day one and why they have a lead over O'Sullivan: http://soundcloud.com/ananda_sw/beavis
The Rally Spirit: Sterckx Helps Team In Trouble
In a show of good spirit David Sterckx and co-driver Karen Jankowski helped SP Class rivals Garry Gill and Kristin Chute by lending them their only spare tire. Gill and Chute would have DNF'd the event if not for Sterckx's generosity. Gill's team had two flat tires on Stage 4 and only one spare tire.
Lauchlin O'Sullivan makes up some time on Lagemann
Lauchlin O'Sullivan needs to finish the New England Forest Rally even if he doesn't win his class. A second place finish will give him a commanding Super Production points lead to win the class now that his rival, Travis and Terry Hanson, failed to finish the event.
Ramana Lagemann wins SP Class at NEFR
Overcoming numerous problems Ramana Lagemann and Chrissie Beavis won the Super Production Class over David Sterckx and Karen Jankowski. Current SP Class leader Lauchlin O'Sullivan and Scott Putnam took third in class.
2WD CLASS STANDINGS
Chris Duplessis on Verge of 2WD National Championship
Duplessis talks to Rally America about his 2WD National Championship ambitions and his thoughts before the second day start of the New England Forest Rally: http://soundcloud.com/ananda_sw/duplessis
Andrew Comrie-Picard Explains NEFR Troubles
Comrie-Picard needed a strong NEFR showing to stay in 2WD National Class contention with Duplessis leading the class. ACP explains the troubles he is having and what the team plans on doing to climb back up the standings. http://soundcloud.com/ananda_sw/acp
Will Orders Eyes NEFR Rally 2WD Victory
Australia's Will Orders has one more rally event left in America and he wants to go out with a bang. His team is placing more time on Chris Duplessis, who is in 2WD 2nd place. Duplessis is concentrating on winning the 2WD National Championship even if he finishes this event in 2nd in class.
Dillon Van Way Not Up To Speed
2009 Rookie of the year and 2010 2WD National Champ, Dillon Van Way, is reporting ECU problems and unable to generate needed power at the New England Forest Rally. After seven stages Van Way is 13th overall and 5th in class.
Chris Greenhouse Out After Stage 7
In just his second event in his 2003 Dodge Neon SRT4 Chris Greenhouse is out with a broken axle, but limped to service for repairs. He won't be able to continue the 2WD National competition and hopes to run some more stages for time only.
Will Orders Wins 2-Wheel Drive Class at NEFR
Will Orders and Toni Feaver piloted their Summit Rally Team Nissan Silvia to a 2WD Class victory at their last Rally America event before heading home to Australia. Orders beat America 2WD specialist Chris Duplessis by 41.6 seconds. Duplessis concentrated on securing second place as he had a larger prize in mind; the Rally America 2WD National Championship.
Photo: Mat Janiak