The 2010 Olympus Rally in Ocean Shores, WA claimed quite a few cars from the Rally-America series. First off, Andrew (ACP) Comrie-Picard crashed his Mitsubishi EVO IX on special stage 2. In an interview for Driving Sports, the driver said: “We were pushing super hard… went really fast into a right five and it was very slippery, set up for it, got on the throttle, went to go around it and just went in too fast. Completely my fault”. ACP is currently 8th in the Rally-America standings with 13 points.
Ken Block set the fastest time on special stage 2, but his Ford Fiesta suffered a gearbox failure on his way to special stage 5.
Art Gruszka crashed his 2006 Mitsubishi EVO IX and couldn’t finish the 2010 Olympus Rally.
Olympus Rally was not too kind to Pat Richard and Subaru Rally Team Canada. He finished the event in 15th place with almost 18 minutes separating him from the rally leader.
Dillon Van Way crashed his 2002 Ford Focus due to a broken front axle.
Travis Pastrana and Christian Edstrom led the event from start to finish winning 8 of 13 stages. Their Subaru STI performed flawlessly and they were able to build a significant lead. After the rally Travis said: “This rally was tough from the start. It was definitely the most intense field that we’ve had, though a lot of guys went out on the first day”. Pastrana stands in second place of the 2010 Rally-America Championship with 45 points.
Canadian driver Antoine L’Estage defended his leading position in the Rally-America series by placing second. Nathalie Richard, Antoine’s co-driver and wife summarized: “We started off well but had a problem early on in the rally, losing half a minute. It was pretty much impossible to catch Pastrana after that so I had to tighten the reigns a little bit to ensure Antoine slowed down and drove a smart and less risky rally. It may have dampened his fun a little bit but sometimes my job is to get him to think of the big picture”. L’Estage is leading the Rally-America series with 51 points.
Although Subaru Rally Team USA’s car #199 dominated the event, Dave Mirra nad his co-driver Martin Headland noticeably pushed harder than ever before. Mirra secured his first national podium and placed third overall at Olympus Rally. He is currently in 4th place with 34 points.
Bill Bacon is third in the 2010 Rally-America standings with 40 points. Privateer family-run Bacon Motorsports team is consistently intimidating larger, factory-sponsored rally teams this year. It will be interesting to see what Bill can really do when he gets sponsored by a big brand and has the means to push harder.
Photo Credit: Neil McDaid