Block & Gelsomino Capture New England Rally
“The New England Forest Rally was hard because of all the sharp rocks,” added Sterckx. “We broke some things, but we fixed it all in service and it was good enough to win.”
Super Production’s Mason Moyle and John Hall took second in the class after an exciting battle with Rookie of the Year contenders Nick Roberts and Nick Judkins. Over the course of the weekend Moyle lost second place to Roberts, yet later snatched the position back when Roberts suffered a strut failure on stage 11. Moyle had suspension damage as well; only he was able to carry enough speed to overtake Roberts and win by 6.1 seconds. This is Moyle’s third podium finish this year and Robert’s first in his rally career.
The Two-Wheel Drive category was an absolute knockdown fight won when Australia’s Brendan Reeves and Rhianon Smyth finally overtook fellow Australian rivals Will Orders and Toni Feaver on stage 11. Orders jumped into the lead on stage 1 and fended off Reeves until Orders overheated his brakes on the more technical stages of the event. Reeves seized this opportunity to take the lead with his Ford Fiesta R2. The 2WD win is Reeves and Smyth’s third top podium finish since joining the Championship at the Oregon Trail Rally.
Said Reeves, “We’ve been driving these (Ford Fiesta R2′s) for a few years, so we have the experience to win. Car is driving great, we have three wins now, next… we’ll try for four.”
Will Orders had won the 2WD Class at the 2012 New England Forest Rally. This time he takes another podium with a newly built Nameless Performance Toyota GT86, the first of its kind in America.
Current 2WD national standings leader Andrew Comrie-Picard and Jeremy Wimpey were able to preserve their points lead by taking third place in class. The team overcame early gearbox problems in their Scion xD and drove a fantastic race to come back as far down as 7th in class to the podium. Comrie-Picard and Wimpey have made the podium every event this year and just needs to keep that trend going in order to finish the season with their first 2WD national title.
Team Honda Research’s James Robinson and Ross Forde won Rally America’s B-Spec category. Tracy Gardiner and Nigel McGinn took second place. Robinson was a one man show driving and crewing for his Honda Fit, and squeaked out the win running his Honda with a broken engine mount and limited power on the last two stages of the day.
The Maine Regional Rally and the New Hampshire Regional were both won by MAP Rally Team’s Mark Piatkowski and Robert Maciejski in their Open Light Class 2000 Subaru Impreza 2.5RS.