2021 New England Forest Rally Preview
NAME: 2021 New England Forest Rally (NEFR)
DATES: 7/30/2021 – 7/31/2021
HOST TOWN: Newry, Maine
TIME ZONE: Eastern Daylight Time (UTC -4)
NEAREST INTL AIRPORT: Portland Intl Jetport (PWM)
WEATHER: Intervals of clouds and sunshine. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High 70F. Low near 55F. Winds light and variable.
2021 New England Forest Rally Stage Info
Total distance: 508.30 miles
Number of stages: 14
Stage distance: 108.03 miles
Stage surfaces: Gravel with short stretches of asphalt.
Longest stage: 16.06 miles (SS5 Icicle Brook)
Recce: 2 pass
Service Park: Sunday River Resort, Newry, ME. (Fri) / JML Trucking, Errol, NH (Sat)
Official Start: 10:31am on Friday
Stages in darkness: Possible for some cars (SS14)
New England Forest Rally is here! The Northeast’s famous summer rally returns after a two-year hiatus, bringing its signature mix of fast but dusty stages and rocky, tire-busting road surfaces. The NEFR route bridges the New Hampshire-Maine border, with a total of 14 stages and three services spread over two days. Travis Pastrana and Rhianon Gelsomino are looking to get back on the top step of the podium after a second-place finish in Ohio, but with Brandon Semenuk and John Hall turning in fast times and hungry for their first win of the season, plus rivals Ken Block and Barry McKenna in strong form, this rally is very much up for grabs.
New England Forest Rally will also be welcoming back spectators this year, but if you can’t make it out for the event, make sure to follow along on Subaru Motorsports USA Facebook, Instagram, TikTok and Twitter.
Travis Pastrana #199 Subaru WRX STI
“NEFR is a challenging but fun rally. Some of the most fun, smooth, hard packed, twisty roads that every rally enthusiast dreams of, mixed with narrow, rocky, high-speed sections that can easily end your day. All the top drivers in the championship hunt seem to like NEFR and we are all confident that we can win. Whatever happens, it will be a heck of a battle!”
Brandon Semenuk #180 Subaru WRX STI
“This is a new event for me, but NEFR is one of the most anticipated races of the season. From what I’ve seen these roads have a great mix of fast and technical, but lots of embedded rocks to watch out for! Good notes and high commitment will be necessary if you want to be competitive here.”