Pastrana/Edstrom take 2nd on 100 Acre Wood.
Salem, MO - Ken Block and Alex Gelsomino simply ran away this weekend at the 100 Acre Wood rally! Congrats to them on a dominating win.
Travis and I made some very good changes on the notes during the 100AW recce and were all set for a good start to the rally, but we had a few niggling issues on Friday night which didn't leave us 100% comfortable with the car or with attacking full-out. The car felt just a little bit down on power, and seemed to have some issues with oversteer, too. We fixed them at the service, but it wasn't the best night for us. Meanwhile, Ken and Alex started out of the gate as if chased by a bear. Apparently, they don't know that if you're chased by a bear, you're supposed to drop on the ground, roll into a ball, and protect your neck and head. We ended up in 4th place at the end of Friday night, just off the podium, behind Block, Ramana Lagemann and ACP, so it's no mystery what we had to do on Saturday.
Saturday proved better for us, with a change in the weather coming as an interesting surprise, and our car working 100% again. We set some good stage times on the first few stages and at the start of SS7 we had a funny little moment with a camera guy who was positioned on the outside after a R5 in a 150 R5 180 section. Travis and I had marked the corner as nearly flat out in the recce, so we planned to use 99.9% of the road. And we did, much to the cameraman's chagrin! He was pretty brave but dove into the (very wet) woods at the last minute. I think we must have missed the tripod by a good foot or two. Right, Travis? We passed ACP on Saturday morning, and with Ramana going out with engine problems, Saturday afternoon was a game of chess, driving just fast enough to stay ahead of ACP while taking the minimum risks. Travis did great, though I think he'd have been eager to chase Ken, too.
Anyway, with a 1st at Sno*Drift and a 2nd at 100AW, Travis and I are now the only team to podium at both events, and have a 39 to 30 lead in the championship over Ken and Alex. So congrats to them on a fine event. Let's hope they don't do this too often!
Next Sunday, we're off to Mexico. If you're down there, stop by and say hello!