Although I've ice raced and rallycrossed this car, I've never tsd rallied it...... until last night that is. That's why I've recently been upgrading the car with lights, a skid plate, digital odometer for the navigator, map light, pass seat & seat belts, etc.
The 2013 Winter Challenge Rally is held out of Barre, VT. It was comprised of 3 sections for a total of 240 miles. The route went as far east as Littleton, NH, as far north as St. Johnsbury, VT, as far west as Waterbury, VT, and reaching as far south as White River Jct, VT.
My navigater, Steve with our time card at a time control checkpoint. This was our 5th Winter Challenge rally as a team but our first without 4WD. [I usually use my turbo 4WD wagon for this]. With this year's road conditions, [plowed, hard packed snow] we definitely did not need the extra drive wheels and my lightweight rallycross SE-R was a blast.
We took a more laid back approach this year and put fun
in front of sweating the details of time calculations and trying to 'win'. We skipped the 1st leg of the rally [daylight section] and went for the traditional night sections from 6:00pm to 1:00am. We ran in the 'A' class and were first car on the road again this year. The SE-R performed flawlessly on my studded 175/70R14 Hakka 2's. It eagerly ate up the brisk and slippery sections of the rally without putting a foot wrong. This rally's got all of the best features, narrow, twisty snow covered roads, blind crests, and no traffic. Even though we arrived to about every checkpoint a bit early, we still finished 15th out of 30. These are some of the best roads I have ever been on. Good times for sure!
Chris Regan's BMW 325iX at a pause in the action. This was at about 12:30 am, during the final leg of the rally.
Thanks again to my navigater on his excellent navigational work, and of course to John Buffum and the checkpoint workers and volunteers who make it all possible. Yup, looking forward to next year as well.