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Your insight into the world of rally, part 318

A fantastic week of rallying bring you this 20-page edition of Handbrakes & Hairpins. From the opening round of the FIA World Rallycross Championship in Portugal, the Middle East Rally Championship’s Jordan Rally and Britain’s Pirelli Richard Burns Foundation Rally, we have reported on these events with incredible photography. From across the Atlantic Ocean, we also bring you a report on Rally America’s Oregon Trail Rally and a preview of the World Rally Championship’s Rally Argentina.

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Rally action from Russia, USA, Britain and South Africa in ONE click

This week sees action from no less than three countries and three continents, as well as news from South Africa as well. This weekend sees the start of the eagerly anticipated 2014 British Rally Championship, and there will be a number of drivers all capable of claiming the win. We’ll bring you the news as it happens from the United Kingdom, as well as from Rally America’s Oregon Trail Rally from Friday to Sunday on our editor’s Twitter feed at @evan_rothman. Next week’s issue will be a muddy one!

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Rally America revs up for Oregon Trail Rally

The Rally America National Championship competition heats back up after a two-month break at the Oregon Trail Rally on 02 – 04 May in Portland, Oregon. The Oregon Trail Rally is the only three-day event on the Rally America National Championship 2014 calendar.

The event begins Friday evening with four stages of tarmac and gravel roads at Portland International Raceway (PIR). The continuous race action at PIR is a fan favorite with teams being easily accessible for photos and autographs prior to the start of the event. After the PIR stages, the event moves east towards Dufur and Hood River where teams will experience the much faster roads on Saturday and then the very technical gravel sections on Sunday. Continue reading Rally America revs up for Oregon Trail Rally

Fresh Rally News for YOUR Friday

This week’s issue of Handbrakes & Hairpins features a look at the exciting news from Hyundai for their development plans as well as the introduction of a certain Kiwi rally star, a review of Rally America’s Rally in the 100 Acre Wood, and the logistics of international rally travel. M-Sport and the British Rally Championship continue their brilliant support of rising talent with a fantastic prize for Wales Rally GB and 2015, and we also find out all about Jari-Matti Latvala’s mental coach.

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Higgins drifts to victory in Rally America’s first 2014 counter

Subaru Rally Team USA’s David Higgins and Craig Drew won a frigid Sno*Drift Rally this weekend to take the first victory of the 2014 Rally America National Championship season.

It was a close 02min 10.5sec finish for Higgins/Drew over Rockstar Energy Drink Rally Team’s Antoine L’Estage and co-driver Marshal Clarke, considering that getting stuck in a snowbank could change a team’s fortune instantly. Continue reading Higgins drifts to victory in Rally America’s first 2014 counter

L’Estage gets Subaru powerrrrr for Rally America

Reigning Canadian and North American Rally Champions Antoine L’Estage and Nathalie Richard will contest the final two rounds of the Rally America series in an Open Class 2010 Subaru Impreza WRX STI, via support from Subaru and John Buffum’s Vermont-based Libra Racing shop.

The Rockstar Energy Rally Team will make their first appearance in the car, an ex-Subaru Rally Team USA car last used by the team in 2010, this weekend at Minnesota’s Ojibwe Forests Rally, and again at the Lake Superior Performance Rally in Michigan later this year.

“After our big accident in the WRC Lancer a few months ago, we were left without a car and looking for something competitive with which we could finish the Rally America series,” exclaimed Quebec driver Antoine L’Estage. “The opportunity arose to drive a Subaru at the final two rounds and Subaru stepped up with support to make it happen. We’re grateful for their assistance and I’m really looking forward to driving this car. We’ve had really great seasons for the past few years with amazing results. This year started off with a win at the Sno*Drift Rally in January and we were hoping that it was a sign of another great season ahead. That didn’t happen in the Rally America series, but we always worked really hard and we’ve now been presented with this great opportunity to finish off the year in a competitive car with the help of Subaru,” he adds.

L’Estage will drive the Rockstar Subaru Impreza WRX STI in the last two rounds of the 2013 Rally America series. The car will be serviced by John Buffum’s Libra Racing with technical assistance from Subaru technical-partner Vermont SportsCar.

The Ojibwe Forests Rally, based out of Detroit Lakes, Minnesota, is making a return to the Rally America calendar after a several year absence. L’Estage/ Richard will be competing in the 2010 Subaru Impreza WRX STI for their very first time and both are eagerly looking forward to the opportunity. “It’s been somewhat of an anomaly for us to encounter so many challenges in one championship, in the same year,” said Richard. “We won the last Canadian event at the end of June and we’re now hoping to finish off the Rally America series on a high note.”

The duo currently leads the 2013 North American Rally Cup and good results at these last two events would help increase their lead.

Photos: Neil McDaid.

Antoine L'Estage TESTING

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Higgins and his Subaru literally fly in the snow

David Higgins and co-driver Craig Drew tackled this past weekend’s Sno*Drift Rally, the opening round of the 2013 Rally America series. Finishing second place overall behind Antoine L’Estage and Nathalie Richard (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X), this Subaru Rally Team USA pairing shone in their new colours on this snowy roads.

Here’s an in-car video of a massive jump!

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