2010
02.07

The 2010 Sno*Drift Rally was icy. REALLY icy. The competitors that we spoke to couldn’t believe how slippery the roads near Atlanta, MI were this year. The fact that
studded winter tires are not permitted in the part of Michigan where the rally takes place made for a spectacular rally-car ice dance.

Travis Pastrana negotiated this year’s rally with a broken collar-bone and to everyone’s surprise took the victory! He said that his injury actually helped make his driving smoother and prevented him from taking unnecessary risks.

Travis Pastrana negotiating an icy corner at Sno*Drift 2010 - ©Neil McDaid

Travis Pastrana negotiating an icy corner at Sno*Drift 2010 - ©Neil McDaid

Travis showing off his latest scar... And celebrating vistory with his co-driver, Cristian Edstrom - ©Neil McDaid

Travis showing off his latest scar... And celebrating vistory with his co-driver, Cristian Edstrom - ©Neil McDaid

Ken Block and Alex Gelsomino brought out their latest toy – Monster World Rally Ford Fiesta. They showed top-notch performance and were in the 3rd position when they were forced to retire due to a technical problem. Take a look at the new Fiesta in snow-mode below:

Ken Block cutting a corner in his rally-prepped Ford Fiesta - ©Neil McDaid

Ken Block cutting a corner in his rally-prepped Ford Fiesta - ©Neil McDaid

Block's Fiesta sideways - ©Neil McDaid

Block's Fiesta sideways - ©Neil McDaid


Ken Block goes flat out in his Rally Fiesta on ice during Sno*Drift testing

Antoine L’Estage and Nathalie Richard snatched-up the second place in the their Rockstar Mitsubishi EVO X. See below for in-car footage of Antoine and Nathalie tearing through the icy stages.

Antoine L'Estage & Nathalie Richard sporting new colours on their Rockstar EVO X - ©Neil McDaid

Antoine L'Estage & Nathalie Richard sporting new colours on their Rockstar EVO X - ©Neil McDaid


Sno*Drift Rally - Antoine L'Estage// Nathalie Richard - ROCKSTAR ENERGY

William Bacon and Peter Watt took the third place in their 2006 Mitsubishi EVO IX. Andrew “ACP” Comrie-Picard placed at a respectable fourth place despite of a close encounter with a snowbank. Andrew commented on this year’s Sno*Drift conditions and said that “the first few stages were the iciest I have ever seen… and the rally just got icier from there.” ACP owes his strong finish to a fellow rally team of pro mountain bikers Carl Decker and Adam Craig, who stopped in the middle of a stage and pulled the NOS EVO IX back onto the road.

Andrew "ACP" Comrie-Picard sideways in his EVO IX - ©Neil McDaid

Andrew ACP Comrie-Picard sideways in his EVO IX - ©Neil McDaid

The Polish crew of Andi Mancin & Maciej Wislawski placed 12th with their 2007 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution.

Andi Mancin & Maciej Wislawski negotiating an icy curve in a 2007 EVO IX - ©Neil McDaid

Andi Mancin & Maciej Wislawski negotiating an icy curve in a 2007 EVO IX - ©Neil McDaid

Arkadiusz Gruszka & Dominik Jozwiak launching off a jump - ©Neil McDaid

Arkadiusz Gruszka & Dominik Jozwiak launching off a jump - ©Neil McDaid

Gruszka's EVO IX with rally-lights at a night stage - ©Neil McDaid

Gruszka's EVO IX with rally-lights at a night stage - ©Neil McDaid

Official Rally-America 2010 Sno*Drift Rally video highlights:


2010 Sno*Drift Rally Official Highlights

Photo Credit: Neil McDaid

Sources: RallyBuzz, Rally-America, SpecialStage

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