The 2015 Rally in the 100 Acre Wood (100AW) lived up to the hype. Ice and heavy snow made conditions tricky during the two-day event. Here's how it all went down.
The Rally in the 100 Acre Wood (and the Show-Me Rally) is held just a few hundred miles from the ineptechs HQ, so attending was a no-brainer for us.
The 100 Acre Wood Rally is the second event on the national Rally-America Championship calendar (and yes, it's named after the setting of Winnie the Pooh). Held in the foothills of Missouri, the event is usually a favorite among drivers, but the weather this year made it far more difficult than usual. Sixty teams entered the event this year, including 17 national championship competitors.
Winter weather rolled into southern Missouri last week, and by the time the 100 Acre Wood Rally kicked off on Friday, most of the stages were coated in a thin sheet of ice. This turned the typically high-speed and dusty 100AW Rally into an ice rink.
The only stage that was mostly devoid of ice was the Potosi Super Special, which was a muddy drifting paradise:
Corners on the other eight stages held on day one were a mix of gravel and patches of ice that made navigating the stages and choosing tires tricky guessing games.
David Higgins and Craig Drew of Subaru Rally Team USA dominated day one, leading every stage by a hefty margin.
Overnight the weather took a turn for the worse. Light snow rolled in early Saturday morning and coated the icy stages in snow:
As the day went on, the weather continued to deteriorate. The snow picked up considerably, and by the time the day's stages were over there was nearly six inches of fresh snow on the courses. Drivers and spectators joked that the 100 Acre Wood Rally became "SnoDrift Round 2."
The snowfall caused a series of delays (including a determined mailman who temporarily closed down an Stage 12 to complete their mail route) and incidents on multiple stages. As a result, organizers were forced to scrap four of Saturday's stages altogether.
David Higgins and Craig Drew continued their domination and went on to take the overall win at the event. David Sterckx and Stephen Quin, with FY Racing, took second.
|Place||Driver & Co-Driver||Car||Total Time|
|1||David Higgins & Craig Drew||2015 Subaru WRX STi||1:33:58.8|
|2||David Sterckx & Stephen Quin||2011 Subaru STi||1:39:41.4|
|3||Peter Fetela & Dominik Jozwiak||1998 Subaru Impreza STi||1:47:07.6|
|4||Brenten Kelly & Niall Burns||2007 Subaru STi||1:51:12.4|
|5||Cameron Steely & Preston Osborn||2012 Ford Fiesta R1||1:53:08.5|
Full national results at Rally-America
There's no other form of motorsport quite like rallying. Despite the miserably cold temperatures, we had an absolute blast covering the 100AW.
Rather than focusing on photos (like the Show-Me Rally), we went all-in on video. We have a couple short clips embedded above and there's a lot more to come. Look out for our full highlight video, coming soon.