July 31st, 2013
(July 29, 2013) After a closely fought battle at the New England Forest Rally, Subaru Rally Team USA driver David Higgins came up just 6.5 seconds short of victory, settling for 2nd place and valuable championship points. Higgins, the defending Rally America Champion, was locked in a head-to-head fight with key rival Ken Block throughout the event. Driving his BFGoodrich Tires-shod 2013 Subaru WRX STI rally car Higgins and co-driver Craig Drew mounted a late rally surge and went fastest on seven of the nine stages held on the final day of competition but simply ran out of stage miles, ending the event just seconds behind the leader.
Representing round five of the 2013 Rally America National Championship, the New England Forest Rally featured 120 miles of technical gravel forest roads along the Maine-New Hampshire border. The event is notorious for its challenging combination of both smooth high-speed roads as well as very rough rocky roads, which can test the limits of durability and strength of competitors’ cars.
“It was a really good battle,” explained Higgins. “Our Subaru was perfect all weekend and we only lost time on the roughest stage of the rally where we maybe drove too conservatively. We simply ran out of stages as we reeled Ken (Block) in. I’m happy to have the points toward the championship and really looking forward to the next rally now!”
Higgins and co-driver Craig Drew spent the majority of the rally within sixteen seconds of Block before dropping time on the longest and roughest stage of the event mid-way through the final day. Higgins and Drew then began charging back, beating or tying Block on each of the final five stages and lowering the deficit from forty-three seconds down to just six and half seconds. But the duo ran out of stage miles, settling for second overall and remaining atop the championship standings.
Subaru Rally Team USA will bring their Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive 2013 Subaru WRX STI Rally Car to the Muscatell Ojibwe Forests Rally August 23-24, 2013, held around Detroit Lakes, Minnesota.
About Subaru Rally Team USA
Subaru Rally Team USA is managed by Vermont SportsCar and proudly supported by Subaru of America, Inc., Subaru Tecnica International (STI), PUMA, Method Race Wheels, BFGoodrich Tires, RECARO, PIAA, Exedy, Race Proven, and MOTUL. For more information on Subaru Rally Team USA, as well as exclusive photo and video galleries, visit http://subaru.com/rally and for the latest news follow the team on Twitter: @srtusa.
About Subaru of America, Inc.
Subaru of America, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. of Japan. Headquartered in Cherry Hill, N.J., the company markets and distributes Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive vehicles, parts and accessories through a network of more than 600 dealers across the United States.
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